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Full Moon Sets Over Tillicum

Just a quicky before we get ready for church…

I’ve been trying to watch for the best time to catch the moonset.  The fog hasn’t cooperated with me though.

Moonset - Big Creek
Moonset – Big Creek

It was cold last night so I knew the skies were clear.  Sure enough, I could see the full moon when I got up at 7am.

It wasn’t low enough on the horizon yet though.  So I walked up to the creek, north of Tillicum Campground, to see if the sunrise would add anything to my photo.

I always like the way the morning light lights up the crests of the waves.  The seagulls like to bathe in the fresh water of the creek.

We’ve got another week of sunshine forecasted!  What a great time to RV the Oregon Coast!

Hooded Mergansers

I found these Hooded Mergansers feeding on the other side of the Hwy 101 bridge.

Don told me what they were as soon as he saw the pic.  They look like a cross between a Bufflehead and a Wood Duck.  🙂

Tillicum Beach Campground, Central Oregon Coast

We sure enjoyed the beautiful weather today on Tillicum Beach!
Tillicum Beach Campground
Tillicum Beach Campground

We’ve got minus tides so we expect to see people out digging for razor clams tonight.

Tillicum Beach Campground is open year-round.  We have 2 loops open so there are more ocean front sites available.  7 electric (30amp) sites are available for RV’s.  These also have a water hookup.  6 are ocean “view” sites.

This is a Federal campground so the America the Beautiful Senior and Access, as well as the older versions (Golden Age and Golden Access) passes, get you an incredible discount.  Dry camping is $22/night or $11 with the discount pass.  An electric/water site is $28/night or $17 with the discount.  Notice that the electric/water sites are not a full 50% discount with the Federal pass.  This is because the electric fee ($6) is not discounted.  The Federal Government gives you a discount but the power company does not.

All sites are first-come-first-serve Mid-September thru Mid-May. 

Call Tillicum Beach Campground with any other questions:  541-547-3679

Hope, ID, to White Bird, ID, along Hwy 95

We took off from Sam Owen Campground, near Hope, at about 10:45am.  Took Hwy 200 west to Sandpoint, then 95 south.  It was raining or overcast all day.  Not a bad drive day but no opportunities for pix.  It was mostly rolling hills of farmland until we got to Lewiston.  Then we started seeing some canyons.  Then we hit the 7% grade.  We survived that one without hot brakes.
Riverfront camping near White Bird, ID
Riverfront camping near White Bird, ID

The Snake River carved out Hells Canyon, “North America’s deepest river gorge”.  We are camped in Swift Water RV Park on the Salmon River.  The Salmon joins the Snake River just north of Hells Canyon.  Getting down to the riverfront camping took another 7% grade.  Our Escapees membership gets us 15% off at all 3 of these RV parks on the Salmon River near White Bird.  We chose Swift Water because it said “real riverfront camping”.  It was the last one down the hill.  Our brakes were hot by the time we pulled in.  The entrance of the park is a sharp turn.  It’s a good thing there was a large pull-out area across the road from it so we could get a better angle at it.  We pulled in at 4:45pm.

Swift Water RV is a pretty little park; very clean, no extra charge for the dump or showers.  $23 for electricity and water.  It’s a reasonable rate.  However, when we showed them our Escapees membership card, there was no discount.  We were tired – our brakes were hot – it was getting dark – it was starting to rain again – we were in no mood to argue.  So, he got advertising in Escapees and doesn’t have to pay for it – we did.  We travelled 252 miles today.  That’s too long for leisurely travel!

The park owner said the salmon season was outstanding this year.  But he said the steelhead fishing is non-existent so far.  The weather has been too warm so the fish are holding until the water cools.  What will likely happen is that it will cool off quickly and all the fish will come up in 3 or 4 days.  So there will be a very short steelhead season.