Our short visit to Coos Bay, Winchester Bay and Florence Oregon

To pick up where we left off. You might remember in our last update I mentioned Diane pretty much buried herself in a book most of the day Tuesday and I was pondering the idea of a visit to the casino.

Well Diane dozed off on the couch and I of course the caring person I am wanted to be as quiet as possible so I wouldn’t interrupt her nap. And what better way to do that than a trip to the casino!!! The sacrifices I make.

It was really a short lived, I walked over, tossed $20 in one of those mindless machines where you just push buttons and watch the wheels go round and round, cashed out for $50 about 45 minutes later, found a place to buy a hamburger and went home with $20 more in my pocket than I started with after gaming and a meal. Good enough for me.

Diane was awake when I got home and we just chilled the remainder of the evening.

Thursday morning 7/30/14 came around and it was move day again. That makes 3 days in a row that we had to move after just a 1 day stay. We are not big fans of that but we do what we must so we lifted jacks and headed out on our LONG LONG 27 mile journey to the Winchester Bay RV Resort.

A lot of the RV spaces here nose up to the water. And there is a nice 1 mile walking trail around the park as well.

A lot of the RV spaces here nose up to the water. And there is a nice 1 mile walking trail around the park as well.

By the RV Park in Winchester Bay Oregon

By the RV Park in Winchester Bay Oregon

Once we secured our 2 nights and set up we headed out for a drive in the general direction of Florence. Once in Florence we walked the streets of historic downtown and had lunch at the Bridgewater Fish House before slowly making our way in the direction of home.We will just share some photos we took along the way.

Along the boardwalk in Florence Oregon

Along the boardwalk in Florence Oregon

I just thought this sign showing how far it is from Florence Oregon to other towns named Florence

I just thought this sign showing how far it is from Florence Oregon to other towns named Florence

The Siuslaw River Bridge is in the background. (Florence Oregon)

The Siuslaw River Bridge is in the background. (Florence Oregon)

 

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About a mile from our campground in Winchester Bay

About a mile from our campground in Winchester Bay

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I just saw a spur road as we drove by so pulled in. We were meet with a wall of boulders but once I got beyond them I found this view.

I just saw a spur road as we drove by so pulled in. We were meet with a wall of boulders but once I got beyond them I found this view.

Tahkenitch Lake boat ramp

Tahkenitch Lake boat ramp

 

I saw this in the park so just had to snap a shot

I saw this in the park so just had to snap a shot

IMG_0328Once home the rest of the evening was spent with walks and relaxation. We were so happy to be at the coast with the temperatures in the high 70’s than inland where the temps where pushing 100.

Thursday morning during breakfast we decided that because Grants Pass was having a hot spell and that is our next destination it would be good if we could extend our stay at Winchester a few more days so I headed down to the office. It turned out the place was booked solid Friday night but we could get back in Saturday if we wanted. Well that didn’t sound good so we decided to stick with our plan and head to Grants Pass on Friday.

Then we decided to check out the festivities that Dune Fest had going on just down the road but it didn’t take long to figure out the place was a zoo. It also didn’t take us long to figure out that because we are really out of the sport and there probably was absolutely nothing there that we needed we could just skip the crowd and move on LOL!!

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Dune Fest taking shape. Diane and I used to take part in events like these. We loved the dunes and our sandrail.

Dune Fest taking shape. Diane and I used to take part in events like these. We loved the dunes and our sandrail.

We really enjoyed the time we spent at the dunes while in the sport. We meet a lot of great people, some we are still close friends with to this day, and had some great adrenaline filled times.

It was an expensive sport to get into and expensive to keep things in top shape if you play hard. Between that and not being able to have all the toys and live the fulltime RV lifestyle it was time to slide out of the sport and keep the memories. Unfortunately most of our pictures from that time of our life have been lost but I have a few that I will share. I know it has nothing to do with our life now but what the heck.

That's the first sandrail we had built. It was a 4 seater. And the 40' Weekend Warrior was pulled behind my F350 King Ranch. That's the way we rolled before we went to a motorhome. The picture was taken in our driveway of the house we had before the house we sold when we went fulltime.

That’s the first sandrail we had built. It was a 4 seater. And the 40′ Weekend Warrior was pulled behind my F350 King Ranch. That’s the way we rolled before we went to a motorhome. The picture was taken in our driveway of the house we had before the house we sold when we went fulltime.

Another picture of the 4 seater we had before we built the 2 seater

Another picture of the 4 seater we had before we built the 2 seater

That's our 2 seat rail before we added the graphics. Taken at Boxcar just outside of Coos Bay Oregon

That’s our 2 seat rail before we added the graphics. Taken at Boxcar just outside of Coos Bay Oregon

It demanded total concentration which created a perfect escape from work. I could afford to allow work to slip in my head while playing.

It demanded total concentration which created a perfect escape from work. I could afford to allow work to slip in my head while playing.

That landing didn't end so well LOL!!

That landing didn’t end so well LOL!!

I ran a 2.5 liter Subi motor with a STI block and 18 lbs of boost. 400HP and the rail weight about 1800 lbs and had 20" of travel at each corner. It was FUN!! LOL!!

I ran a 2.5 liter Subi motor with a STI block and 18 lbs of boost. 400HP and the rail weight about 1800 lbs and had 20″ of travel at each corner. It was FUN!! LOL!!

Anyway we then decided to take a drive south to a trailhead Diane spotted on our drive Tuesday but as it turns out it was closed so we just spent the day doing a driving tour and paid a visit to the Mill Casino. And this visit wasn’t as fruitful as my visit and after about an hour of gambling we had a combined winnings of -$40. Yes negative $40 LOL!!! So between my visit and our visit today we were down $20. Hmmm, oh well I guess it was cheap entertainment. We then decided to have a bite to eat before heading towards home.

As we pulled back into the park we checked one last time to see if by chance they had a cancelation but again, no luck. So I guess we head to Grants Pass where we have reservations for another month. That should give us plenty of time to really catch up with our friends and take care of one more doctor appointment before storing the trike and Diane car one more time before hitting the road.

We really enjoy it along the coastline on the west coast.

After getting home and jumping on the computer we had a message from Don, who follows our blog that he was in the area and stopped by our rig while passing by. Unfortunately we were not home. Sorry Don!! We will be in Grants Pass for the next month so if you happen to be in the area give out a yell.

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Our last sunset at Winchester,,, For this trip

Our last sunset at Winchester,,, For this trip

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2 Responses to Our short visit to Coos Bay, Winchester Bay and Florence Oregon

  1. Nan & John says:

    The Dune Fest looks way too crowded for us. We also would have moved on. The Oregon coast is one of our most favorite places.

  2. 400HP in the sand rail … And how much in the coach?? You could really fly! Love all the pics. Hope to make it to Coos Bay at some point. Enjoy your visit with friends!

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