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Re: Just the Facts Maam! A 5 month trip around the western USA
« Reply #60 on: August 31, 2020, 11:23:12 AM »
BTW Diane just updated her blog with lots of pics of the surrounding area of things to do around Sisters.  http://www.mytripjournal.com/travel-908786
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Re: Just the Facts Maam! A 5 month trip around the western USA
« Reply #61 on: September 09, 2020, 11:26:07 PM »
Port of Newport RV Park and Marina
Newport, OR

As the name of the park would suggest, this is a RV park adjacent to the marina. The majority of the park is a ocean of asphalt which keeps things clean, but loses a few points for aesthetics. There are some grassy areas, but all were brown and the stickers in the grass were taking over.  There is a Rouge Brewery right next door and a tasting room. It is also the location where a lot of their beverages are made, so you get some industrial noises throughout the day. The tasting room was open with a few regulations for Covid, but at least they were still serving. We did visit the tasting room one afternoon and sampled some of their craft beers. 

The RV park is on a bay so no real ocean noises from where we were, but a few larger ships could be seen going up and down the bay. We walked down the entrance road that the park was on down to the bay front one day. At the end of the road was a large administrative building for NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration). Anchored in front of the building was a rather large impressive ship. Apparently NOAA has about 6 of these ships stationed around the Country. This ships home port was Hawaii. 

The RV park has 143 sites, but the common theme for all of them is that they are really close together. In order to fit our 40' Bus into the site among the shrubs I had to angle in to get back far enough to not have too much of the RV sticking into the road. As it was a camp host came by a  put a orange cone  by the front of the RV. Then with the Jeep pulled in next to the rig the available outside space was pretty tiny. I set chairs up behind the Jeep in the area that was left, but at least the Jeep was a bit of a wind break. Even at the end of August the wind off of the bay was often very cool, and a long pants and sweat jacket were normal outside requirements. The heated floors in the rig were on every night along with the fireplace.

We paid $60 night for the site, which seemed steep for the lack amenities, but average for a coastal park. Our site #42 was an end site, so at least we didn't have a neighbor on the patio side, but it didn't make the site any bigger. Our T-Mobile worked OK here, and the restrooms were Handicapped accessible but they could have used more for a park of this size. Cable TV was available, and park Wifi as well, but it wasn't very reliable (according to the staff).

The check in process was inside the office, but Plexiglas separated you from the staff. The staff was friendly and helpful and did a good job keeping the park clean.  Many of the sites in the park appeared to be long term or seasonal residents. You are close to the downtown area of  Newport.

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Re: Just the Facts Maam! A 5 month trip around the western USA
« Reply #62 on: September 19, 2020, 11:24:49 PM »
Bay Point Landing
Coos Bay, OR

We continued our drive down the Oregon coast and stopped at a “new” RV park. We tried to get into Winchester Bay where we have stayed at before, but they were booked solid. They recommended we try this park. We had high hopes as a new park often means that the park and grounds are still in good shape. Unfortunately it didn't quite turn out that way.  From the look of the buildings you can tell that they are fairly new and modern. But the grounds look old and neglected.

The RV pads are gravel, as are the roads. The roads are in dire need of more gravel to help keep the dust down. There are large what used to be sod grass areas that have been let go, and now are mostly weeds and stickers. In some areas the weeds have been cut short and other areas just allowed to grow wild. The patio's at the site are a type of “grass paving grids”.  If they were grass, it may have been acceptable, but now were just taken over with weeds. Diane actually weeded part of the patio to make it  easier to walk on.  Each site had a block fire pit. Ours was in front of the RV which was good, but the neighbors was right under our dining window. Fortunately it wasn't used during our stay. We were also  lucky enough to have a large electric transformer in our site that hummed constantly. All this may have been easier to accept if we hadn't paid $72 a night for the “premium pull in” site. 

We were in site #1 which was right next to the enclosed pool and gym buildings. Normally that may be a good thing. But the second night we were there at 10:00 PM, it suddenly sounded like someone had started up a diesel motor on our patio. The rig was reverberating and the walls vibrating. My discovery was that the maintenance crew had chosen to pick that time to powerwash the pool deck with a big gas powered pressure washer.  The inside of the pool building is just a big hollow shell with cement floors. The outside hallway between the pool building and the gym turned the hallway into a sound cannon pointed right at the side of our rig. I went over to try to “calmly” reason with the guys, who's only reason was that the pool was open until 10 PM and they would have had to close it to clean the floor. And the problem is??  I walked off hoping that I convinced the guy that this was not the time of night to be starting a job like that.  Within minutes, the roar started up again.  This time Diane went over and a lot less calmly explained the facts.  They finally shut down after 11 PM, rather unhappily.

Then there was the third night there when a tsunami siren started blaring at around midnight. Sounding like an air raid siren, it sounded for about 15 minutes,  with a prerecorded warning of “Danger, fast moving wild fire approaching on the installation”.  We never received any info from anyone at the park, and the next morning learned that the activation was “accidental”. 

OK, but there were some good parts. The site was fairly large but open. The roads were wide and easy to navigate, and the restrooms were newer and  handicapped accessible. Dogs could be off leash on the beach, and we got decent signal from our on board Wifi from T Mobile.  The indoor pool was fully enclosed and had a bathroom in the pool area. A sign on the door limited the pool to 10 persons at a time, but I don't think that was being enforced.

The ocean water in the bay would go in and out a couple time a day, and low tide would see the water retract 50 to 100'. Some hearty souls would go into the  low tide area and hunt for clams. One negative at least for us was the “Sand dune” area across the bay where sand rails were running day and night. Surprisingly, some nights till way past midnight. Gunfire could also be heard daily across the bay. So it really depends on your personal interests.  This park reminds me of the saying, “you pay your money and take your chances”.  Your call.    



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Re: Just the Facts Maam! A 5 month trip around the western USA
« Reply #63 on: September 19, 2020, 11:37:31 PM »
A few more pics.....

Pic 1) Somebody forgot to weed the patio
Pic 2) And lost the weed whacker.
Pic 3) Entrance to the beach
Pic 4) Pool house and  gym
Pic 5) The sites behind the front row
Pic 6) The tide on the way out
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Re: Just the Facts Maam! A 5 month trip around the western USA
« Reply #64 on: September 20, 2020, 01:20:34 PM »
In reference to the weeds, that just goes with the west coast "all natural and organic" mind set. ;)
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Re: Just the Facts Maam! A 5 month trip around the western USA
« Reply #65 on: September 20, 2020, 02:46:38 PM »
In reference to the weeds, that just goes with the west coast "all natural and organic" mind set. ;)
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Probably has more to do with drought and watering restrictions.
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Re: Just the Facts Maam! A 5 month trip around the western USA
« Reply #66 on: September 20, 2020, 07:51:13 PM »
Sarge,
 
We keep missing you, earlier in the  summer we missed you at Ouray and then we were at Newport 2 weeks before you[size=78%]. [/size][/size]Next we are in Florence, then Winchester Bay RV resort (2nd stay this summer) and then Coos bay at the Casino. Earlier when we at Winchester we drove down to Coos Bay and checked out Bay Point. SJ asked me to change our reservation from there to the Casino CG. Bay Point looked good on their website, but .... [size=78%]

[/size]Hope you missed the smoke. We've spent the last 2 week+ in the Eugene area. 10 days of very heavy smoke - we couldn't even see the RV just across a small pond. Finally got clear skies with the rain 2 days ago.[size=78%]
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Re: Just the Facts Maam! A 5 month trip around the western USA
« Reply #67 on: September 27, 2020, 05:51:17 AM »
Marty,

I am going to sit around when I am on the Mend and catch up reading this.  I am going to dissect Diane's Blog too.

Your 1st Hand, recent account are a valuable resource to the RVn Community.

Thanks for Putting it out here.

I love the Answers to the Test.   ;D

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Re: Just the Facts Maam! A 5 month trip around the western USA
« Reply #68 on: September 27, 2020, 10:19:13 AM »
Sarge,
 
We keep missing you, earlier in the  summer we missed you at Ouray and then we were at Newport 2 weeks before you[size=78%]. [/size][/size]Next we are in Florence, then Winchester Bay RV resort (2nd stay this summer) and then Coos bay at the Casino. Earlier when we at Winchester we drove down to Coos Bay and checked out Bay Point. SJ asked me to change our reservation from there to the Casino CG. Bay Point looked good on their website, but .... [size=78%]

[/size]Hope you missed the smoke. We've spent the last 2 week+ in the Eugene area. 10 days of very heavy smoke - we couldn't even see the RV just across a small pond. Finally got clear skies with the rain 2 days ago.[size=78%]

Passing like ships in the night Ken!  Maybe they lost their work campers due to Covid or something. The place does have great potential.



Marty,

I am going to sit around when I am on the Mend and catch up reading this.  I am going to dissect Diane's Blog too.

Your 1st Hand, recent account are a valuable resource to the RVn Community.

Thanks for Putting it out here.

I love the Answers to the Test.   ;D

JD

Thanks JD, I try to give a little bit of insight that probably isn't listed in the campground's website. I appreciate your comments!
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Re: Just the Facts Maam! A 5 month trip around the western USA
« Reply #69 on: September 28, 2020, 12:20:36 AM »
Harris Beach State Park
Brookings, OR
This was our last stop in Oregon before dropping into Ca. And quite a nice stop it was. This state park is well positioned on US 101, right across from some magnificent ocean views. A short walk out of the park and right onto the trail that takes you down to the rocky coast with crashing waves and picturesque rocky boulder formations right near the beach. The park itself was well designed, but the RV spaces can be tight due the heavy forested trees and shrubs that surround many of the sites. Our site (B13) was a back in site which was narrow at the front but opened to a decent size gravel patio.  The site surface was paved, as were the roads all throughout the park. We paid $232 for our week long stay, which came out to just over $33 a night, a great bargain.

Our site was a 50 amp FHU site, and the utilities worked well. I struggled to get cell signal at our site partly due to the distance from the tower, and also the heavily trees throughout the park. I finally realized that by using my cell phone as a hot spot I was able to connect to the cell tower using T-Mobiles newer Band 71 (600 MHz).  Our router doesn't have that band yet, but my newer cell phone does.  After hooking up the hot spot we were able to surf the net and stream Amazon at night. There was the occasional buffering, but usually only at the start of the program.

Staying at the park right now requires a reservation be made on line with no walk in accepted. But what that meant was that during our week stay many of the really nice sites were vacant after the weekend.  And also do to Covid the restrooms were open but the showers were closed. The restrooms appeared to be handicapped accessible, but not sure if the showers were or not. Over the air TV was out of the question as well, at least in our site which was at the back of the park. Satellite TV would have been dicey as well depending on the site. There are sites in the front of the park that have great ocean views, but of course those sell out first.

Across from the park is a walking path that leads right into Brookings, and it is about 1.1 miles one way.  We walked it for exercise one day and it was a pretty easy mostly paved smooth path. Like many state parks, the weekends can be pretty loud with families, but quieted down during the week.  Of course with all that good stuff there has to be some issues. For us it was the fairly large group of tent campers in back of us. There were not too loud, but they did partake in smoking marijuana on a nightly basis.  Even though the shrubs around the site created a bit of privacy, the unmistakable odor drifted right through.  We would hang for a little while, but it usually sent us inside to close up the windows. But I can't blame that on the park, that is society's issue!

So I can definitely recommend this park for great rates, better scenery, and well maintained appearance. Even in spite of the smoke and ash that blew in for a few days due to the wild fires burning throughout Oregon and Ca, it was still a great place to stay.   

Pic 1) The patio was pretty private due to the heavy shrubs
Pic 2) Fitting the Jeep in was kind of snug
Pic 3) The drivers side was snug as well
Pic 4) Past the last RV's in the pic is the ocean (through the smoke)
Pic 5) Even in mid Sept at 5 PM the Oregon coast can be cold!

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Re: Just the Facts Maam! A 5 month trip around the western USA
« Reply #70 on: September 28, 2020, 10:50:40 AM »
Great park and great location.  We tried to get in once and they were booked solid.  Brookings is one of our favorite cities.  Small and yet has so much to offer.  Hopefully you've been able to avoid the smoke that has engulfed the West Coast for the past month. 
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Re: Just the Facts Maam! A 5 month trip around the western USA
« Reply #71 on: September 28, 2020, 10:58:43 AM »
  Hopefully you've been able to avoid the smoke that has engulfed the West Coast for the past month. 

It's been off and on Gary. Depending on the prevailing winds. A sudden new fire in Sonoma area caused a bit of smoke and ash yesterday.
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