Camping!!!! Ten days and counting...

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  1. AllieBaba
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    So, so, so exciting...primitive camping with:

    My son and his family (wife and 3 y.o. and Snoop the pit)
    Me and my two youngest (7 & 8 boy and girl) and Klaus the saint
    My nephew (we hope, haven't gotten a verification from him but I think he's going, he's always fun. He's a little older than my oldest)

    My best friend and her husband are going to join us for at least one night as well...and they have two dogs they will probably bring.

    Here is where we're going:

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    2 miles across the dunes and you're at the (ocean) beach! Miles of trails! Temperate rain forest, never too hot and seldom too cold in the summer. Lots of sand, lots of water, both freshwater and salt...streams, lakes....we are so psyched!

    We're renting a boat, taking in

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    Hatfield Marine Science Center of Oregon State University
    (that's the hatfield marine science center in Newport, very, very cool)

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    hanging at the dunes,

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    Fishing...

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    And doing lots of hiking/trails with the dogwogs.

    How much fun is that.
     
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    Bet you can't tell I'm ready to go now. I've had enough of the desert. I'm ready to go home.
     
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    Camping is fun. I used to camp a lot when I was a teenager and into my early 20's. Now, I like to camp out in places like Holiday Inn Express and Red Roof Inn.
     
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    Those certainly have their own attraction...we like to do that, too, and that is exactly what we've done for the last few years.

    But we're broke, it costs $40 a night for ALL of us to camp, with our dogs, instead of $200 a night for all of us (easily) and doggie nightmares at the motels...

    I grew up on those dunes and around those lakes; we would hike out from home and camp overnight in the summers, just me and my best friend; we knew of seasonal dune lakes that we could spend the days at and nobody else would be around....camp in the forest, no fire danger, clean, no people...

    Childhood there was truly idyllic in so many ways, and I miss that out here with the rattlers and the rock and the blistering heat and dangerous wildfires. NOT that I don't love it here, and not that there aren't great places to camp around here, too....

    But I want my kids to really experience some of what I did as a girl there. I think 8 days will be a good start. I will probably retire there eventually.

    The weekend after we return, I will be taking Son #2 and his family (wife, best friend, maybe best friend's daughter) camping much closer to his home and my OTHER hometown...#2 and the lot are attending summer term in Walla Walla, so can't go with us to the coast. So I promised we'd camp a weekend close to (his) home and in my old stomping grounds....where we spent many, many days with the older boys when they were growing up...

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    That's the Walla Walla river you can just see over there...this is a pretty wild area, 13 miles up county roads from the highway, thousands of acres and the Umatilla Indian Reservation adjacent to the Umatilla National Forest (also adjacent). I've ridden some of it..you can criss cross the mountains and find your way to my Mom's house and the reservation.
     
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    I assume they took these pics in the winter or something, that's the only explanation for the fact that the trees are completely nude! It doesn't look exactly like that right now...

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    Don't get eaten up by mosquitos like I did last week.
     
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    have fun and be safe..remember flash floods...etc....lets go camping and be paranoid.....but i am will dog....camping to me is a b/w tv at the coyote motel....but tent camping is still fun...just really hard to get up off the ground and go pee 8x a night lol
     
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    damn...that looks beautiful
     
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    I hope you have a good time!!!
    The scenery looks pleasant enough, but I am definitely not a camper.
    When and if I camp, I need to have a commode that will go ===flush=== and a nice comfortable bed with soft pillows and a television would be nice too ~LoL~
    Seriously, I can't do the tent and sleeping bag thingie...no thanks *sigh*
    I'll take a nice cabin tho!
     
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