Thursday, July 23, 2015

Carl G. Washburne State Park


I thought I would do a final write up on this great place on the Oregon Coast. Carl G. Washburne State Park is a great place to stay if you are an RVer and want to see the central Oregon Coast for many reasons. We spent July 6 to July 19 at the park and we loved it.

As we travel around the country, we hate to make reservations. We find that we lose our flexibility if we make a reservation. We end up having to stay on a dreaded schedule which creates stress and may cause us to lose an opportunity to do something we really want to do.

The best thing about Washburne SP is that they do not take reservations. It is all first come first serve. If you get to the campground by mid day, your chances are good that you will find a site. Your chances are very good if it is during the week. That is why we normally travel on a Monday or Tuesday. Once you have your site you can stay up to 14 days. This campground has full hookups at most of the sites. Having sewer is a real luxury for us. We get to take as long of a shower as we want. Heaven on earth! Most of the sites have an area of foliage between them. This is a flower that was in our site.


You can still see and hear your neighbor, but you don’t feel like they are in your campsite. The rate is $31 for each night and no senior or other discounts. That price is high for us, but not bad for staying right across Highway 101 from the beach. The only downside is you have no view of the beach, but in Oregon the weather could be 20 degrees warmer and 20 MPH less wind 100 yards inland. There is no cell signal in the park, but that gives you the excuse to go to the picnic table and watch whales and the sunset.



There are some great hiking trails leading out of the park. We also enjoyed the camp hosts. There are a bunch of them and they are extremely friendly and helpful.

On the last two nights at the SP, we took walks on the beach. The wind was blowing around 30 MPH on the beach, but was minimal at the picnic table and less in the campground. We were out there at low tide and we saw some strange things. First was the number of jellyfish. There were millions of them. They covered the beach in a 10 yard area just up from the low water.


On this section of beach there is a sand bar just off shore created by a creek that flows into the ocean just north of the campground. At low tide the water was creating some strange waves that were zipping along parallel to the beach. I tried to shoot a movie of it, but it is kind of hard to see. 

It is now time to move on. We used up our 14 days and are ready to see what else Oregon has for us. We are headed inland to the forests and mountains. We have a site picked out just east of Eugene. Come back to see what that site looks like. OK, one last set of pictures from the beach. No sunset on this night.



This is the Oregon coast.

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