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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

Focusing on the Beauty

We were watching for whales as our workamping duties took us from Tillicum to Rock Creek and onto Alder Dune Campgrounds yesterday.  We stopped to take pictures of the large flocks of sea birds on the water.  But my battery was dead!

Then we saw a whale tail!  It was close in and right next to the Tokatee Klootchman State Natural Site.  So we whipped in.  There were about 4 other cars in that small wayside but we got a front-row seat.

2 Grey Whales
2 Grey Whales

Don took out the camera battery, and rubbed it to warm it up, in hopes he could get a few pix out of it.  Turned out he got about 40.  I clicked off pix from my camera phone as fast as I could; not able to see what I was shooting.

What part of the whale is this?
What part of the whale is this?

We saw at least 5 whales.  We watched for at least 15 minutes while they fed in the same spot.  When we decided we needed to go we turned around to get back in the truck.  There were probably 20 cars, some parked on the other side of Hwy 101.

The whales were still in the same spot when we passed by again a couple hours later.

As we came up to Cape Perpetua Campground, the host who had just put up the FULL sign, was sitting at the entrance watching a whale.  It was a great whale-watching day on the central Oregon coast.

Tiny Cairn
Tiny Cairn

After dinner I went for a walk on Tillicum Beach.  Clear skies were promising a beautiful sunset and I wanted to be there (with a fully-charged battery).  I don’t know how I noticed this tiny, little, cairn on the sand.  Put it was too cute to pass up.  It would soon be knocked down by the incoming tide.

Father and Son at Sunset
Father and Son at Sunset

Done walking, but not finished watching the sunset, I picked out a rock to sit on near the bluff.  A father brought his son out to see the ocean for the first time.  He was showing him how to run from the waves so they “don’t catch you”.  The boy kept running though.  hahaha  Dad had to call him back and then show him that it was okay to stand near as the waves surged and retreated.

Orange Sunset
Orange Sunset

The sunset over the ocean has a way of drawing people out onto the beach.  People slowly began to bring their chairs and fires out from the campground.   A couple picked out a rock about 50 feet down the beach from me; another couple 30 feet in the other direction.  There were about 3 other groups of people near the south stairway too; not crowded by any means.  Then a small group of people decided that the absolute best place to build a fire was 10 feet in front of me; between me and the sunset.  😦  Maybe the one “in charge” of picking the site didn’t see me?  At least 2 in the group saw me and didn’t say anything.  I thought about taking their pic and posting a snide comment on Facebook.  But there’s too much of that in this world.  I’d rather focus on the beauty.  🙂   I just moved.  After all, I would only be there for another couple minutes.

3 Alsea River Otters
3 Alsea River Otters

We went up the river today.  I thought I saw some diving ducks in the water but couldn’t figure out where they’d come from.  They were so quiet.  When they got closer I realized they were otters; 3 of them!  They didn’t hang around long but they did stop fishing long enough to dig and roll in the sand for a few minutes.