Lakeview, OR to Florence, OR

When we’re visiting with family I’m usually enjoying that rather than blogging.  Since we’re back on the road, for a couple days, I’ll show some pix from last week.

Snow at Juniper RV Resort
Snow at Juniper RV Resort

Yes, we did expect a little snow on the ground this morning. 

Snowflake
Snowflake

Look how cute!   It’s kind of a thick snowflake, though, isn’t it?  Looks like you could string them for a necklace.

We continued west on Hwy 140, until we got to Sprague River Rd, where we cut across to Hwy 97 at Chiloquin.  From there, we went north.  The roads were pretty clear by the time we got on the road but there were a few trucks that had slid off the sides.  Glad we didn’t get an early start this day (Oct 26th, last Tuesday).  We turned west onto Hwy 58 to go over the Willamette Pass.

Willamette Pass
Willamette Pass

As you can see, the snow plows were out earlier but the roads are clear now.  The trees are pretty but the snow took some of them down.

Fall Colors on the Willamette Pass
Fall Colors on the Willamette Pass

There were still some fall colors showing through the snow as we came down in elevation.

Fall Creek on the Alsea Hwy
Fall Creek on the Alsea Hwy

After visiting with family and recuperating from the drive for a day, we headed to the coast.  How can we pass the turn off to Fall Creek without taking a peek?  We saw a couple salmon attempt the falls.

Salmon too big to jump
Salmon too big to jump

We saw quite a few chinook in Fall Creek.  They were probably 30 – 40 lbs.  Too big to make it up the falls, they were making their reds below.

Sea Lions - beached
Sea Lions - beached

Our next workamping position is at Tillicum Beach, just south of Waldport, OR.  We stopped in to talk to the current hosts there.  Then we went down to Florence to get a look at the 2 new campgrounds, Alder Dune and Sutton.  On the way, though, we had to stop to see if the sea lions were out.  There is an overlook, just north of Sea Lion Caves, between Heceta Head Lighthouse and Florence.  You can usually hear the sea lions if they are out.  There were 2 big rafts of them out in the water.  Then this huge colony on the beach.  These guys were very vocal.  Some, that were coming up on the beach, seemed to be calling to ask where there was an open spot.  The grouchy ones answered back, telling them to move along.

Sunning Sea Lions
Sunning Sea Lions

The sea lions coat gets lighter in color as they dry out.  These have been here long enough that most of them are asleep.  These were less vocal.  You’d hear low groans as the young ones would climb over them to get from one place to another.  I love the positions some of them get into.  They just look so exhausted.  I can relate!

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