RV Trip with Di, Joe, Mist, Smoke — Summer 2018 — 5

RVing Trip — Part 5

Check-out time is the usual 11:00 am. So about 9:00 am after coffee and tea, Di and I scoot and walk back to the casino so she can get a last dose of slot machine video gaming.

10:45 am and we’re back on the road and headed north along US 101. It’s a beautiful day and traffic is comparatively light.


Usually we turn inland at Reedsport and stop at the Dean Creek Elk Viewing Area on Oregon 38 paralleling the Umpqua River. There is a year-round resident herd of 60-100 elk and a large parking area with restrooms. Pleasant to spend time watching and photographing the animals.

OR 38 leads to I-5 and from there to the Columbia River Gorge and I-84.

Today, however, we’re continuing along US 101 and enjoying the coastal road and its scenery. This takes us past the Sea Lion Caves, which we’ve seen previously, and is well worth an hour’s stop. (Just be careful crossing the highway from the parking area and take a jacket with you.)

To McMinnville

I fuel up the RV in Florence (19.00 mpg) and our RVing turns inland just after Lincoln City on OR 18 (Salmon River Highway) on our way McMinnville, OR and the Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum.  (Evergreen Aviation Museum Website.)

Next to the museum is the Olde Stone Village RV Park. It is a quite nice venue and just about everything looks new. There is a paved path from the RV park to the museum and we take her scooter. We purchase tickets and enjoy some time there, deciding to come back the next day and spend another night at Olde Stone.

Upon our return to our RV there is a light rain and I unfurl the awning so Di can read and smoke at the table along side. Dinner is a pair of Subway sandwiches from a few miles up the road.

Alongside us is a trio in two vehicles plus a towed dune-buggy. They are an older couple (like us) and their adult daughter w/small dog. While mom and dad sleep in their camper, the daughter has a rooftop tent on her car for herself and the pooch.

To be continued . . .