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RVing the Oregon Coast

It think we’re getting some smoke from the Sisters wild-fire out here on the Oregon coast.

I can see blue sky above me but the horizons are fuzzy.  Fog doesn’t usually turn the sunrise orange so I’m thinking it is smoke.

Smokey Sunrise
Smokey Sunrise

This is only a 6.1 foot high tide.  The waves haven’t come near the bluff on Tillicum Beach since June.  This pic is just around the corner from the north stairway.

Tillicum Beach - Changing Tides
Tillicum Beach – Changing Tides

Tillicum Campground’s appeal are the beachfront sites.  We try to keep all three loops open as long as we have enough customers to warrant keeping the 3 restrooms clean (this isn’t the only campground we have to provide for).  September is a pretty popular month with the RVers.

Tillicum Campground in September
Tillicum Campground in September

Tillicum Beach Campground is a US Forest Service campground that is open year-round.  We honor the Senior and Access passes.

Tillicum has 7 electric/water sites.  Tillicum is about a mile south of Beachside State Park, between Waldport and Yachats.

Sutton Campground, near Florence, has 20 electric sites and is also open year-round.  All sites are first-come-first-served from Labor Day until May.

Smokey Sunset
Smokey Sunset

Today was beautiful and the smoke produced a beautiful sunset.

Campground Status:

Blackberry (Alsea River, east of Waldport) – open year-round

Tillicum Beach (Hwy 101, between Waldport and Yachats) – open year-round

Cape Perpetua (Hwy 101, south of Yachats) – closed Sept 23, until mid-May 2013

Rock Creek (Hwy 101, north of Washburn State Park) – closed Sept 23, until mid-May 2013

Horse Creek (FR 58, east of Seal Lion Caves) – equestrian facilities open year-round

Alder Dune (Hwy 101, north of Florence) – open year-round

Sutton Campground (Hwy 101, north of Florence) – open year-round

Oregon Berry Season

Now that’s something I can sink my tooth into.  These salmonberries are so pretty!  But the orange ones are still a little sour.  Salmonberries begin ripening in late June to early July, depending on the elevation.

Salmonberry - Sour

I only found a couple ripe salmonberries.  The red ones are sweet.  I like them even a little redder than this one.

I had to arm wrestle that spider for this one.  But it was worth the 8 matches. 🙂

Ripe Salmonberry - Sweet
Ripe Salmonberry – Sweet

Horse Creek Campground has lots of salmonberries and thimbleberries.

Flowering Thimbleberries
Flowering Thimbleberries

The thimbleberries are just starting to come on but it seems like they ripen faster than the salmonberries.

Ripening Thimbleberries
Ripening Thimbleberries

That red one is ready to eat.  The thimbleberries remind me of a hollow strawberry.  The flavor is similar and the tiny seeds crunch between your teeth.

Ripe Thimbleberry
Ripe Thimbleberry

They are very delicate.  The berries are easy to squish when you pull them off the plant.

And they almost have a slight fuzz on them, like a peach fuzz.

Salal Berries
Salal Berries

In mid to late-July the Salal Berries ripen.  They taste like a blueberry.  The ones near the salt air of the ocean get a slight salty crust on them; to add a yummy dimension.

Canal Creek Snacks
Canal Creek Snacks

And, of course the blackberries can’t be missed.  There are a couple different varieties of wild blackberries.  Himalayan is one and I think the other is either called Evergreen or Trailing?  You see them covering the roadsides and fields and old cars and houses!  The ones along many of the roadsides are sprayed for weed-control; so don’t eat those.