Our next stop was along the coast of Oregon, Nehalem Bay SP. When we arrived we found a nice young couple with a child in the site we had reserved. They had forgotten the dates they had booked and were very apologetic. But it was no problem. This particular Oregon SP had quite a few walk-in sites (which was unusual) so we just shifted to one of those nearby instead of making them move. The beach was right behind our campsite, a short walk thru the tall grass. Beautiful sunsets and Charlie had a ball racing around the hard sand. We stayed here two nites and visited the towns of Tillamook and Manzanita. Gas prices not bad at $3.79/gal. We met some people that told us of Silver Falls SP and the many fabulous waterfalls. It seemed like a must stop on the way home and time was running out so we booked on more coastal campground and a couple nights at Silver Falls.
So our last coastal stop was South Beach SP just outside of Newport. Newport was one of our favorite towns along the way. We went down to the fishermans warf in town, walked around then had some great seafood at Mo’s restaurant for clam chowder and crab cakes. But we only stayed here one night since we wanted to spend time hiking at Silver Falls. Next time I would like to stay in Newport longer and see more of the sights.
Silver Falls was a highlight of the trip. We stayed two nights here. We had a nice private site next to a nature path through the forest which was rich with autumn color. It was a short drive to the Canyon Trail head. We had to leave Charlie in the RV since dogs were not allowed on that trail. It was a 7 mile loop which included 7 water falls. All the falls were running but because of the drought a couple were quite less than normal. Still beautiful to see.
Next was the run home along interstate 5. Rainy sections along the way. We did see some beautiful views of Mt. Shasta with snow on the peaks on our way to Dunsmuir. Just as the sun was going down we pulled into the Railroad Park Resort. Not many people in the campground and the office was closed so we just stuck a check in the door and made ourselves at home for the night. It rained all night long. The next morning we were on our way home. A great trip, next time we’ll take more time to explore.