RiverCat Journal : Pacific City, OR : Time Out!

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Where I’m At: Pacific City, OR
Campground: Thousand Trails

 

The Quest

I’ve been on a mission. I’m searching the coast for a great deal on a truck. It’s tiring and, at the moment, discouraging. Despite touring almost the entire northern Oregon coast, I’ve only managed about 30 seconds worth of sightseeing, so far…

 

 

It’ll be crunch-time soon — I’ll have to switch parks in a week. The van has issues, and I sense it’s not safe to tow with right now. However, if I’m not close to buying something, I’ll need to consider another repair…

Time Out!

Deadline or not, it’s time to slow down and take in my surroundings, again. Starting now…

 

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RiverCat Journal : Hollywood, FL : A Fish Out of Water

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Where I’m At: Hollywood, FL
Lodging: Airbnb
Work: WPT Rock N Roll Poker Open at Seminole Hard Rock

 

A Fish Out of Water

I’ve been feeling a bit out-of-place this trip.

 

 

My lodging is in a decent area and the neighbors seem nice enough…

 

 

But, astoundingly, I’ve only been to the beach 2-3 times in three weeks!

 

 

This is largely due to the temptations on the boardwalk — beach bars. I’ve done well to cut my alcohol intake to only a couple times per week, but it’s nearly impossible to avoid the tiki bars and outdoor restaurants overlooking Hollywood Beach. It’s okay, I’ll be back soon enough. And I’ll allow myself to indulge more when I’m at my goal weight. Another time.

 

The Symbolic Iguana

I see an iguana about every other time I go for a walk. It’s amazing to me that these 2 foot-long lizards just wander the streets of Miami! But perhaps I keep seeing them because they’re symbolic of “contentedness.” Iguanas just sort of lay around and soak it all in. They seem to have a certain wisdom that everything’s just fine.

 

 

I’m going to need a new car, soon…

Okay, more specifically — a brand new pre-owned truck. It’s not in the budget so I have no idea how I’m going pull it off, but I’m anxious to get back to Oregon and find out.

This, and other financial realizations, have weighed heavy on my mind since I arrived in Florida. Sometimes. At other times, I know this is inspiring me to make an even better life for myself. I’m bouncing around my business ideas and am pretty close to making some important decisions. It’s exciting!

And, despite my nervous anticipation, I feel “content.” Sure, I could be hanging out at the beach, but I know that right now I’m supposed to be brainstorming, researching, and meditating.

There are good things happening on the horizon. And I think there’ll be plenty of Florida Beach Days in my near future. Life is Good.

 

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Snapshots : Hollywood, FL : Japanese AirBNB

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Where I’m At: Hollywood, FL
Lodging: Japanese-Style Airbnb

 

 

 

 

 

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RiverCat Journal : Miami, FL : Dolphins vs. Jets

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Where I’m At: Hollywood, FL
Lodging: Japanese-Style AirBNB

 

Hard Rock Stadium

This logo certainly looks familiar. I’ll be working my second gig at Seminole Hard Rock Casino soon and it was kind of a proud moment to see the company name on the stadium. Hard Rock paid only $250 million for this privilege.

 

 

It was also nice to see Mark Clayton’s number. The wide receiver was one of my favorite players growing up and was one of Dan Marino’s favorite targets along with Mark Duper back in the 80’s.

 

 

Jets versus Dolphins

Brock Osweiler was filling in for the injured Ryan Tannehill at quarterback. He would not have a very good game.

 

 

But neither would the Jets. The defense played well enough, but rookie quarterback Sam Darnold threw 4 interceptions.

 

 

Frank Gore 

In an ugly football game, it was good to see one of my favorite players reach another milestone. Frank Gore, long-time 49er, is already fourth on the all-time rushing list.

But today he reached a new milestone, moving into 6th place in all-time scrimmage yards.

 

Way to go, Frank!

 

Final Score :      Dolphins 13     Jets 6

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RiverCat Journal : Pacific City, OR : Finally, Bacon Donuts!

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Where I’m At: Pacific City, OR
Campground: Thousand Trails
Work: Fall Coast Classic at Chinook Winds

 

A Break Room With a View

I intend to make the Chinook Winds events in Lincoln City, Oregon a regular stop on my circuit. I particularly enjoyed my breaks here. Not only do you have interesting food choices like a maple bar with bacon…

 

 

But the view is spectacular! You can even do a little whale-watching with the complimentary binoculars…

 

 

Stormy Seas

I’ve enjoyed a lot of rain and big waves during my stay. I even had a few moments after work to enjoy visit the beach and take in the stormy seas. It’ll be quite a contrast when I visit South Florida soon.

 

West Coast / East Coast

My “circuit” these days is a north/south RV journey on the West Coast with flyouts clear across the country to do jobs on the East Coast. It doesn’t sound incredibly ideal, but it seems to work! After a 6-week journey up the 101, I’ll now fly to Ft. Lauderdale for a month — and then return to Oregon to enjoy the holidays.

And I look forward to every single moment. Life is good!

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RiverCat Journal : Newport, OR : Rogue Crab

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Where I’m At: Newport, OR
Campground: Whaler’s Rest

 

Rogue Ale

Half the fun of visiting Rogue Ale’s Bayfront Public House is navigating the brewery! I suspect many folks poke their head in the door, unsure that there’s actually a restaurant here, and leave. But I assure you that past the labyrinth of kegs and barrels, there is a charming brewpub overlooking the bay.

 

 

Earlier this year, in San Diego, I was bragging that I’d lucked upon a restaurant giving away huge barbeque platters in celebration of National Barbeque Day. I figured that kind of good fortune had run out for the year.

But then I unknowingly strolled into Rogue on their 30th anniversary! Not only did I score a free slice of cake and three bumper stickers, I happily paid $4 for a plate of sliders and basket of fries. Good times.

 

 

Catching My First Crab…

Oregon has magnificent bridges. This one is no exception…

 

 

Beneath the bridge I was drawn to the hundreds of people on the fishing pier. Figuring it was either a festival or a can’t-miss wildlife viewing, I discovered the crab-fishing culture.

It turns out crab fishing is a family affair. They bring the children, the dogs, a picnic — some even pitch a tent. Then they plop a raw chicken leg in a basket, toss it over the side, and wait. Easy!

 

 

I promptly caught my first Dungeness Crab. It wasn’t difficult — he was wandering around on the deck! The young lady who initially caught it was too afraid to pick it up, so I was happy to throw the little guy back. No boiling pot, today!

 

 

Ultimate Destination

Next stop, Pacific City.

Of the four coastal towns that I have a Thousand Trails camp, I suspect this will be my main hub over the next few months. It’s close to a couple events I’ll work in Lincoln City, and it a little more central than the popular Seaside resort a little further north.

I’ll probably purchase my next truck somewhere between Pacific City and Florence. I’ll spend a lot of time in these quaint Oregon towns focusing on the development of my next business. Aside from some East Coast gigs in Ft. Lauderdale and Atlantic City, the Oregon Coast will be home base until about April. I’m loving it!

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Snapshots : Newport, OR : Whaler’s Rest

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Where I’m At: Newport, OR
Campground: Whaler’s Rest

 

 

 

 

 

 

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RiverCat Journal : Florence, OR : Sooner Than Later

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Where I’m At: Florence, OR
Campground: South Jetty Thousand Trails

 

Feeling at Home in Oregon

Every time I arrive in Oregon, I feel like I’ve come “home.” I feel very relaxed and comfortable.

 

Of course it doesn’t hurt when your backyard is a lush forest.

 

 

The rainy season hasn’t begun, yet. But what’s so interesting about this campground is that it can be sunny at the entrance, but you’re then completely immersed in a different world under a dense canopy as soon as you turn a corner!

 

A Thrifty Little Town

The Oregon Coast is typically not cheap. Dining out, groceries, and fuel can be quite pricey in the smaller towns, especially.

But Florence is quite reasonable! I was very surprised to discover a low cost of living in this town. I’ve even found a good “out-week” park right at the marina — only $170. This will probably come in handy soon…

 

Sooner Than Later

 

As I’m getting another tire repaired, I’m starting to notice some really good deals on trucks. I may have to do some serious shopping soon.

This comes at a time that I’m realizing replacing the van will need to be sooner rather than later. I sense that it’s becoming unsafe and that it’s going to become a money pit at this stage of the game. She’s getting old, rickety, and may not be able to handle the load anymore.

I’m sure the van will hold up at least until I get to Pacific City. With a little more time there before I fly to Florida, I’ll have to get the van looked at in nearby Lincoln City and then evaluate the situation.

 

Hobbit Trails and Lighthouses

Of course the best way to take my mind of this looming financial stress is to hop on the aptly-named Hobbit Trail.

 

 

The Sea Lion Caves are in the off-season at the moment. There’s certainly an abundance of seals in the area — they just don’t seek the shelter of the caves until Mid-November.

But the stop at the caves isn’t wasted. After all, there is a nice view of Heceda Head Lighthouse from the parking lot.

 

 

 

 

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RiverCat Journal : Klamath, CA : Sacred Land

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Where I’m At: Klamath, CA
Campground: Kamp Klamath

 

Kamp Klamath

The town of Klamath has more RV sites (1200) than residents (800). Kamp Klamath probably has the fewest RV sites, with more spots for tent-campers.

 

 

I had the pleasure of speaking with several workampers in the store. They all seem quite happy, and I like to believe they love the clean air, quietude, picturesque scenery, and ocean only a half-mile away. I think it’s one of the few places I’d ever consider a work-for-site opportunity — it’s just that nice!

 

 

The trailer-chicken-coop and garden is a fun little twist…

 

There are a lot of bear in the area. And on the short path to the river there was plenty of “evidence.”

 

 

When a Barn isn’t a Barn…

Just around the corner from camp is a bit of history. From a distance this looks like a barn. But if you take a closer look, it isn’t a wooden farm building at all. It’s a façade.

In actuality it’s a military hideout! This building was erected shortly after the Pearl Harbor attacks and, from the air, would completely blend in with the country landscape.

 

 

Sea Lions!

It’s off-season in Klamath. But it’s amazing how desolate these incredible beaches are.


Except for the seals…

 

 

Hundreds of seals. And they really aren’t shy! It’s not uncommon they’ll come with 20 feet from shore.

 

 

“Real” Native Americans

Hopefully the seals avoid the man with the gaff. I don’t know what he’s fishing for, but he seems very patient…

 

The tribal presence here is about as real as it gets. Just a mile inland I observed another Native American in the traditional garb gathering leaves or berries in the forest.

 

 

It’s very clear this is a very sacred land, and that’s exactly how it feels.

 

And I Can’t Wait to Come Back…

It’s strange how this adventure took me nearly straight up the 101. I certainly hadn’t planned on it! And yet, I’ve nearly followed the route all the way from Santa Barbara to Crescent City — and soon all the way up the Oregon Coast.

I’m excited to get to Oregon now. But at the same time…

I almost feel like I blew through California too quick! When I review my 101 California adventure, I can’t help but consider actually doing the entire thing all over again next year, with only some minor tweaking…

Perhaps I’d stay longer in each Morro Bay, Cambria, and Klamath. I’d hike more. And I’d definitely do more wine tastings!

But for now, it’s time to focus on my very next adventure…

Oregon!

 

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Snapshots : Klamath, CA : Trees of Mystery

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Where I’m At: Klamath, CA
Campground: Kamp Klamath
Visiting: Trees of Mystery

 

 

 

 

 

 

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