Oregon Coast

September 1-8, 2017

  Oregon Coast, but with a slight diversion. I’ve mentioned before that the best thing about not having a plan, is the ability to completely change what you thought you might do because something better presents itself. As we were heading out to the coast, we didn’t get very far until we dorve past an airport, David pointed out that one airplane was towing another “glider” plane. I had never seen this before. It wasn’t long until we had diverted off the motorway and were heading back to the tiny airport to enquire about a ride. As exciting as life on the road is, sometimes we need a wee adrenaline boost too! Before we knew it we were getting geared up for a sailplane ride. The planes only seat 2 people, you and the pilot, so David and I went up separately, I went first and in my old age was feeling slightly scared, but those feeling soon subsided as we took off. This was a flying experience like nothing else. Riding in a sailplane (or glider) is the purest form of flying there is. You sit in the front seat of the glider with the pilot flying from the rear seat behind you. A tow plane towed us to an altitude of about 5,000 ft and at this point the pilot releases the glider from the tow rope by pulling a lever, (this was the scariest part) and you find yourself in motor-less, silent flight. We were gently floating through the air for about 25 minutes with plenty of time to take in the view - this was by far one of the coolest things I have done in my life. David had a much different experience than I did, his pilot was a bit more wild and they were having fun doing some air diving. I liked my calm, relaxing experience better! Both of our pilots were pretty intrigued by our adventure and asked us a lot of questions about life on the road. They asked where we were staying that night and when we responded with, “not sure” they offered for us to pull into the airfield and camp out for the night - YES! Moose especially loved being able to run around outside while David and I pulled out the deck chairs (and beers) to enjoy the sunset, it was a clear, quiet and peaceful night - perfect ending to a pretty awesome day. Thank you to the pilots at the flying club for being so kind :)

Oregon Coast, but with a slight diversion. I’ve mentioned before that the best thing about not having a plan, is the ability to completely change what you thought you might do because something better presents itself. As we were heading out to the coast, we didn’t get very far until we dorve past an airport, David pointed out that one airplane was towing another “glider” plane. I had never seen this before. It wasn’t long until we had diverted off the motorway and were heading back to the tiny airport to enquire about a ride. As exciting as life on the road is, sometimes we need a wee adrenaline boost too! Before we knew it we were getting geared up for a sailplane ride. The planes only seat 2 people, you and the pilot, so David and I went up separately, I went first and in my old age was feeling slightly scared, but those feeling soon subsided as we took off. This was a flying experience like nothing else. Riding in a sailplane (or glider) is the purest form of flying there is. You sit in the front seat of the glider with the pilot flying from the rear seat behind you. A tow plane towed us to an altitude of about 5,000 ft and at this point the pilot releases the glider from the tow rope by pulling a lever, (this was the scariest part) and you find yourself in motor-less, silent flight. We were gently floating through the air for about 25 minutes with plenty of time to take in the view - this was by far one of the coolest things I have done in my life. David had a much different experience than I did, his pilot was a bit more wild and they were having fun doing some air diving. I liked my calm, relaxing experience better! Both of our pilots were pretty intrigued by our adventure and asked us a lot of questions about life on the road. They asked where we were staying that night and when we responded with, “not sure” they offered for us to pull into the airfield and camp out for the night - YES! Moose especially loved being able to run around outside while David and I pulled out the deck chairs (and beers) to enjoy the sunset, it was a clear, quiet and peaceful night - perfect ending to a pretty awesome day. Thank you to the pilots at the flying club for being so kind :)

 
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Ok, now onto the Oregon Coast! With is being Labor Day weekend we had to find a spot to spend the weekend because all campgrounds were booked up. We headed to Lincoln City to hang out at Chinook Winds Casino Resort, as we pulled into the car park, it was jam packed with RVers and we literally got the last spot! The casino is located right on the coast line and backs up to the beach, which was perfect. There was also a golf resort about a mile away with a gym and more importantly showers! We spent about 4 nights, which greatly benefited the casino but we made up for it by taking advantage of the free gym, yoga classes and saunas! I promise we don’t have a gambling problem :P

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After our stint at the casino we continued south along the coast - this scenic drive was jaw droppingly out of this world. We stopped at the Oregon sand dunes and found a nice wee spot to camp for a few nights. As we went out exploring, the fog was so thick and although we could hear the ocean waves, we couldn’t see at all. That didn’t stop us finding some fun dunes to play on. In the morning a Park Ranger came and moved us on, apparently we weren’t allowed to camp there - ooops! Sadly, the fires in Oregon had gotten pretty bad and a lot of the places we were really looking forward to visiting were badly affected, including Crater Lake. The air pollution and visibility was getting worse the further south we travelled, much to our disappointment we decided to push on. Oregon was so beautiful and I can’t wait to go back and see all the wonderful places we missed. Next stop Las Vegas - just kidding!!!