Thursday, July 10, 2014



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This week was full of adventures. We started off with waterfalls and wooden cover bridges. Followed up by sea lions and buggy rides at Oregon Dunes NRA. We drove through a Safari ... lions, tigers and bears Oh my! And capping off our stay with a movie at the drive-in theater. 

19 May

We arrived at Hi-Way RV Park in Sutherlin, OR. I found this place in my Passport America Book. The main office is a large yellow barn and the view from every sit is the large drive-in movie theater screen. Every Friday and Saturday is movie night for all campers to see. I was told by the front desk that this is the only RV Park that has a drive-in theater, thus making it a one of a kind campground. Sunday - Thursday we used our Passport America pass for 50% off and Friday we used Good Sam and got 10% off.

Sutherlin, OR is a good place for us to stay as everything we wanted to see is within an hour or less drive. The only place we could not go was Crater Lake NP as the Northern entrance roads were still snowed in.

20 May

We did the local sight seeing of waterfalls and wooden cover bridges. The cover bridges date back to the 1920's and are still used today. In Roseburg, one or two exits south of Sutherlin is know for their waterfalls. Exit the highway and follow the road as it will lead you along a rapid water streams on one side and large mountain hillside on the other and that is were we found the best waterfalls. There are pullovers and open parking lots. There are hiking trails that leads back into the mountain side that have some awesome waterfall views. There is no way we could see every waterfall or wooden cover bridges in one day, we only had time to see a few. But, we surely had fun looking for as many as we could.

21 May

We headed West to the ocean coast to stop by the Sea Lion Caves. The parking lot has a few friendly RV parking spots. Price is a little steep at $14, we got $1 off per person with my military discount and a free bag of popcorn. We walked down the trail to the cliff overhang and looked down to the rocks were a lot of sea lions were sun bathing. We then, headed to the caves and took the elevator to the bottom of the cliff and walked into the cave. We could not get down to the where the sea lions are located, but there is an open window with a view of the sea lions laying on the rocks with the sea water crashing on to them.

Next, was the Oregon Dunes NRA. The last time I was on the dunes was in United Arab of Emirates. My wife, has never been dune bugging. We got our buggy ride from Oregon Dunes Sandland Adventures. Price was $15 a person and no military discounts. The wife does not like fast speed and flying over dune hills, so we took the large buggy tour. As the drive took us and a group of 10 other people over the dunes we got a informative trip. We drove on the open dunes and along the ocean beach. It was not all slow and informative, we got surprised with a few drops of 30 - 40 foot high dunes. Felt like the first drop off a roller coaster, some guy put his hand up, while some ladies was screaming. As we started to exit the dunes and head back on the main road to return we saw two white tail deer run across the open dunes (no photo, but video... look for it in a VLOG coming soon).

22 May

Wildlife Safari was $17.19 each as we got a 10% military discount. We got not one, but two tickets to drive through the Safari. However, we only drove though the park once. I can't really describe the drive other then seeing wildlife animals from the safe view of our car. Most of the animals had large open roaming field, but they had the right of way when crossing on the road.

23 May

The wife has never been to a drive-in movie, so we stayed one more day so she could experience it. The movie tonight was Men in Black III. Not the best in the series, but still a pretty good movie. The night brought back memories of when I was a VERY YOUNG boy. They even had a pre-showing of a silent "Pink Panther", have not seen one of them in years.

We saw people sitting in their driver seat of their RV, others sat in lawn chair in the open field, but for us.... we were the only ones in a car. I pulled the car around and we took in the drive-in movie as it was intended to be viewed. I even brought popcorn and soda in my movie cups. We turned the car radio to the assigned frequency, reclined the car seats back and watch the movie.

Next, Portland, OR (and the surrounding areas) here we come.

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