Happy Holidays from the Oregon Coast

City Holiday Display in Florence, OR

2018 has been a long year.

Don’t get me wrong! I am not complaining, because I know how lucky we are living the way we do. We don’t have average 8-5 jobs, we hardly ever have to set an alarm to wake up, and if we don’t like our neighbors we just move without having to pack a single box.


An entry in the Holiday Float Parade in Florence, OR

We started the new year in Las Vegas playing poker tournaments at Binions. From there we got to spend time with our friends and families in the Pacific Northwest. The Mr. had to have a pretty serious surgery that took almost half of his liver. I am hobbling a bit with an unknown (for now) diagnosis. The year was long and life continues to always try to get in the way, but we are still Writing on the Road – so I consider 2018 a win for us. I hope it was for you and yours as well, but if it wasn’t – there is a new year just around the corner. And, hey, that is how we always find our best dry camping spots…by looking just around the next corner!


Coos Historical Railway Display in Coos Bay, OR.

During this holiday season remember that we all have our own gifts to give to the world, whether it is writing, or photography, or just some simple painted rocks that you leave laying around for others to find a free smile. Perhaps you take garbage from the ocean and turn it into art. Maybe you are a connoisseur of beer? Whatever it is that you do – just do your thing. Do it great. And always try to be better than you were yesterday…or last year.

Veteran’s Memorial Park in Florence, OR


So, at the end of 2018 try to take a minute and appreciate what the year gave you. Love? Happiness? Friendship? Tell them you love them! Tell them they make you happy! Tell them you are grateful for their friendship. New job? Work hard! New dream? Make it come true! Heartbreak? It means you still love beyond yourself and that makes you amazing.


A snowman hitching a ride on a small boat. I hope he doesn’t fall in!

Happy Holidays from Write on the Road!

Near the Siuslaw River in Florence, OR
We hope your path in 2019 takes you somewhere beautiful!

Links

For more information about the Oregon Coast Historic Railway you can go here.

You can learn more about Florence, Oregon here.

Smith River Falls – Reedsport, Oregon

Smith River Falls

There are five Smith Rivers in the United States, plus the town of Smith River in California. Obviously, Oregon’s Smith River is the best because it has awesome free BLM campgrounds, as well as dispersed BLM land to stay on along the river, including near the Smith River Falls – which are really more like big steps than falls, but falls does sound more impressive.

Steps fit for a cave troll…

…which lives in the adorable heart-shaped cave! <3

Smith River Falls

There are a few privately owned RV parks and campgrounds, which includes a brand new one that will open soon. The falls are about 35 miles from Reedsport, OR, which is the closest town. There is an abundance of farms and farmland along the drive, plus some old abandoned barns that make for some great photo opportunities.

Smith River Highway

I love old barns. Imagine the history! Bucking hay, storing hay, rolling in the hay…

Another barn resisting time.

The local bovine are apparently very particular about their morning and afternoon road-crossings.

These are Great Egrets, or the Great White Heron. They can be seen along the first few miles of the Smith River Highway 

The Great Egrets in flight

This area is very popular with the local people, so it’s fairly busy on the weekends. During the week it wasn’t too crowded, but there were some camping neighbors that could learn a thing or two about camping etiquette…and better taste in music. If you’re going to play it that loud please don’t play crappy music.

Great clean campsites. 

In spite of the annoyances with some of the locals, we had a nice time completely off grid for a few days. Which we are determined to do more often to release our political pressure valve since we won’t have access to news 24/7. It’s better for everyone that way. Which also reminds me…make sure you are registered to vote!

Book Review – Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer

Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer

“It should not be denied...that being footloose has always exhilarated us. It is associated in our minds with escape from history and oppression and law and irksome obligations, with absolute freedom, and the road has always led west.” 
-Wallace Stegner, The American West as Living Space

Into the Wild is the story of Christopher McCandless, an affluent young man who had been given all he could have ever needed or wanted financially-including a trust fund that he gave to the organization OXFAM, a charity committed to fighting hunger. Just over two years later Christopher’s alter-ego, Alexander Supertramp, died of starvation in the Alaskan Wilderness. While the end of his life was tragic, his thirst for life and adventure was not. 

The book is the result of Krakauer following in Alex’s footsteps through America. Alex made many friends along the way, and found a sense of family in complete strangers that he could never find with his own biological family.

He wanted nothing more than to be free. To live by his own intelligence and will. He wanted to go into the wild.

“I now walk into the wild.” 
―Jon Krakauer, Into the Wild

If you are travelers like we are at Write on the Road, then I must insist that you read this book. You will feel the emotional journey of Chris McCandless on a different level than the average person. You will be able to understand that wanderlust, and the desire to wake to a new view every single day.

If you don’t travel full time like we do, then I still must insist that you read the book. Find your own wanderlust. Feel the passion to see new horizons. Eat new food. Try the local beers. Hike new mountains.

Become a tramp…

“...make a radical change in your lifestyle and begin to boldly do things which you may previously never have thought of doing, or been too hesitant to attempt. So many people live within unhappy circumstances and yet will not take the initiative to change their situation because they are conditioned to a life of security, conformity, and conservation, all of which may appear to give one peace of mind, but in reality nothing is more damaging to the adventurous spirit within a man than a secure future. The very basic core of a man's living spirit is his passion for adventure. The joy of life comes from our encounters with new experiences, and hence there is no greater joy than to have an endlessly changing horizon, for each day to have a new and different sun. If you want to get more out of life, you must lose your inclination for monotonous security and adopt a helter-skelter style of life that will at first appear to you to be crazy. But once you become accustomed to such a life you will see its full meaning and its incredible beauty.” 
― Jon Krakauer, Into the Wild

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It’s a Trap? – Newport, Oregon

It’s a Trap? – Newport, Oregon

The drive along Highway 101 is gorgeous!

We took a short day trip to Newport, Oregon for my birthday. We wanted to play tourists, so went to Mariner’s Square, which features Ripley’s Believe it or Not, Wax Museum, and Undersea Gardens.

We started our tour at Ripley’s.

It’s a sad, sad world when Bigfoot has to come out of hiding to be little more than a Wal-mart greeter. Thanks, Obama.

No harm ever came from reading a book.

Taylor Swift portrait made completely of Good & Plenty candies.

Even bigger than DJT’s big, beautiful hands.

Meth, Ariel. Not even once.

On to the Wax Museum.

Groovy, baby!

Come with me if you want to live.

I’m…Batman…with nipples.

Norma Jean

Where do you wanna go? Anywhere but here.

War isn’t Hell. War is war, and Hell is Hell. And of the two, war is a lot worse.

Are you going to the lake for the summer?

We wants it, we needs it.

1, 2…Freddy’s coming for you…

What an excellent day for an exorcism.

He knows…

I’ve got a good feeling about this.

We finished at Undersea Gardens.

We’re gonna need a smaller boat.

Have you guys seen that video of a starfish walking? The starfish can go back to whatever wet hell they came from. All of them.

Sea enemies. Sea anonymous. Sea anonymous enemies. Sea anemones.

Like a sturgeon, caught for the very first time. Like a stuu-uu-rgeon.

So, is Marine Square just a tourist trap?

Well, it’s $24.99 for all three attractions — per person. If you’ve got kids with you that can break the bank pretty quickly.

Verdict is…

But…

The good news is that there are sea lions that lounge on the Newport docks all the time…and you will probably enjoy them more than the triple threat tourist trap. Newport, Oregon really is beautiful and worth the visit. Endless beaches, wonderful local restaurants, and sea lions lounging and barking (they’re probably trying to warn the tourists about the trap!). 

Lounging.

Shhhh. He’s napping.

The art of seal lion snoozles.

March for Our Lives – Coos Bay, Oregon

March for Our Lives

Majory Stoneman Douglas High School Victims

That is a list of the 17 victims in Parkland, Florida, where an asshole with an AR-15 shot up a high school.  This is just ONE of the mass shootings in America…but this was THE mass shooting that woke up America’s children.

 

March for Our Lives – March 24, 2018 – Coos Bay, Oregon

A record number of people flooded the streets in Washington D.C., Los Angeles, New York and countless other towns across America – and the world – today for the March for Our Lives event. We attended the march in Coos Bay, Oregon since we were back at our home base for appointments and family visits.

A useful bucket to store all the thoughts and prayers…

Coos County, Oregon tends to lean toward the red side of the aisle…lots of crabbing, fishing, camouflage, and hunting, hunting, hunting. I believed that we may end up with a few people hanging around the March for Our Lives event to argue for their 2nd amendment right to stroke themselves with their AR-15…surprisingly, there was more support from people than opposition. That is saying a lot about how people are feeling about assault-style weapons being in the hands of people that shouldn’t be left alone with a potato gun. Even in the small redneck towns on the Oregon Coast, people want to see change.

Even old guys that are gun owners want stricter gun laws!

Alright, lawmakers!! Even the dude with the mullet and the camouflage hat showed up! Pay attention!

Marshfield High School student – Coos Bay, Oregon

This young gentleman is Cameron. He is a student at Marshfield High School in Coos Bay…and he helped plan the event. He led the marchers through the town while holding a March for Our Lives Banner. He spoke in front of the small crowd of 150 marchers with confidence and conviction. He is America’s future…and he makes it look bright.

Cameron, high schooler in Coos Bay, Oregon – leading the March for Our Lives

The adults of America have run out of time. We had our chance: a chance to leave a better world to our children and grandchildren, a chance to be the change that the world has needed, a chance to spread empathy, knowledge, and compassion instead of more bigotry, hatred, misogyny, and greed. We blew it. We blew it so hard that we don’t even get to pass our torch…our children have taken that torch away from us – and they are using it to light America’s future.

This amazing mama marched with her littles…

Outta the way! I have a country to save!

Hugs Not Guns!

Love is all you need. And stricter gun laws.

Darth Vader and Superman showed up to the March for Our Lives event. Superman is always welcome..Vader appearing is quite..disturbing.

FOR MORE INFORMATION please visit the following pages:

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Visiting the New Old West – Pioneertown, CA

Pioneertown, California

Pioneertown, CA

Appropriately named, as it was one of the original pioneer mining towns in southern California.

Just kidding. It was created in 1940’s as a live-in action movie set. The old west houses were built for the actors to live in while their movies were being filmed.

A plaque placed at the Pioneertown Post Office

Pioneertown Stage Stop

Old Storefront in Pioneertown

Many famous old west actors made movies in Pioneertown, including Roy Rogers and Gene Autry. Roy Rogers was the first to roll a ball in the town bowling hall.

Sheriff’s Office

This porch lamp looks like it is older than a town that this town is based on.

Can’t have an old west town without a church (11th Commandment)

Pappy and Harriet’s Pioneertown Palace is the local club and hangout. Over the years many well-known musical acts have showed up (scheduled and unannounced). Robert Plant and Sir Paul McCartney are a few performers that you may have heard of that played the Pioneertown Palace back in the day.   

…barks at midnight.

Town Haul…

Just a hipster cactus hanging out in the old west.

These days there are live gunfights, dances, shops, and live music on most days. The town is pretty quiet during the summer months due to high temperatures, but the town is quite active from October to April.

This lovely lady was filming the gunfight with this authentic old west Android.

Showdown in Pioneertown

Free beer tomorrow? Yes!

He tried to get away with free beer today…

Old West Kilgrave Gender Swap

Someone left this brand new necklace hanging from a tree…

If you’re in the area to check out Joshua Tree National Park, do make the short drive out to Pioneertown. It’s an old authentic movie set of an authentic old west town. Hollywood Magic in the desert.

They gave me a broken shot glass and sent me on my way…

Old West Poetry

LOVE places that are pup friendly!

Milo thinking about all the cowboy pups…good ol’ boys.

Rusty thinking about how he missed his calling as a horse herder.

Goat.

Fluffier goat.

Mutant goats.

More Information:
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Pappy and Harriet’s Pioneertown Palace

Laughlin, Nevada – Vegas for Introverts

Laughlin, Nevada – Vegas for Introverts

Golden living dreams of visions..This is the dawning of the age of aquarius.

So you want to gamble, drink, see some shows, and enjoy some buffets – but you really don’t like people all that much? Laughlin is the perfect alternative to Las Vegas.

Edgewater on the water’s edge.

The population of Laughlin is 7,323, and when compared to Vegas’ 632,912 head count you can see why introverts will probably enjoy Laughlin better. 

Colorado Belle Hotel and Casino, shaped like an old riverboat with a moat filled with mutant sized Koi.

It is really difficult to get lost in Laughlin as there is really only one road….Casino Drive. There are multiple casinos to choose from, and most of them are all within walking distance of each other.

Tropicana Laughlin Hotel & Casino.

The Colorado Belle, Harrahs, and Riverside all run poker tournaments and have pretty active live games as well.

Poker. Where (stack) size does matter.

Tournament at the Colorado Belle.

Laughlin also gets some well-known artists to play shows. Upcoming shows are Olivia Newton John, Paul Anka, and Pam Tillis. I said well-known…not currently popular.

Riverside Casino on the side of the river. The casinos in Laughlin are aptly named.

View of a Laughlin sunset from Bullhead City, AZ, just across the Colorado River.

Sunset over the Colorado Belle.

Laughlin has less excitement than Vegas…but that is exactly what the introverted travelling blogger needs, right?
No? It’s just me then, and I am okay with that too. 

Colorado Belle on the edge of the Colorado River at dusk.

And FYI – Just across the Colorado River is Bullhead City, Arizona and they have the coolest dog park we have found – you can read Milo’s review on that here.

Women’s March 2018: Power to the Polls – Las Vegas, Nevada

Women’s March 2018: Power to the Polls

Lines for the Power to the Polls event started forming many hours before the event started.

There were plenty of signs…and pink hats.

Keep your hands off my kitty. Meow.

On January 21st 2017, between 721,000 and 1,005,000 people participated in the Women’s March by taking to the streets across our nation to protest the incoming president, Dondolf Twitler. The Women’s March was the largest protest that the U.S. has ever seen. That march turned into a organization and a nationwide movement. On January 21, 2018 the Women’s March organization celebrated their one year anniversary in Las Vegas, Nevada at the Women’s March 2018: Power to the Polls event.

This lovely message of trusting Jesus was backed up by screaming about how evil women are…

Thousands of people attended this event at Sam Boyd Stadium in Las Vegas. Speakers included the four co-chairs of the Women’s March organization Linda Sarsour, Bob Bland, Carmen Perez, and Tamika Mallory.  Other speakers included Cecile Richards, the president of Planned Parenthood, Reverend William Barber II, Cher, and many, many more. Entertainment guests included Ledisi and Faith Evans.

Female dancers from the Las Vegas Tribe of Paiute Indians. Their dance was to honor the women who have lost their lives to violence, or are still missing.

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He knows that he is not qualified to regulate women’s reproduction…

I can’t say that I agree with everything that every speaker had to say, but I can say that I firmly stand behind something that they all spoke of – GO VOTE.

My Neck. My Back. My Pussy Will Grab Back.

So, what could people learn from an event like the Women’s March 2018?

  1. Being a feminist does not equal being a manhater. Quite the opposite, really! Equality does not knock men down a notch – it just makes them share the ladder!

    Vote for Democrats to STOP Trump
  2. We need to break the traditions of decades past when women were expected to vote the way their husbands did – she can vote the way she actually believes AND still love her significant other. Yes, really. 
  3. Bring your sons and daughters to events like the Women’s March and teach them that it is not wrong to stand up for their beliefs and it is right to stand up for those that cannot stand for themselves.
  4. You don’t have to agree 100% with someone to be able to stand with them for human rights.
  5. VOTE

“If you don’t VOTE, you don’t have a voice.” -Cher

You can find out more about the Women’s March at www.womensmarch.com

Beer and Laundry at Tiny’s Tavern – North Bend, Oregon

Tiny’s Tavern

Late on a Tuesday we decided our laundry needed to be done. Where does one do laundry late on a Tuesday? A 24-hour laundromat? Nah. They don’t have those in Coos County, Oregon.

What about a bar that stays open until midnight AND you can do laundry there? Hell yes! Tiny’s Tavern has been open forever in Oregon’s Bay Area. Tiny’s has WiFi – and a small laundromat in the back of the bar. If this is not the perfect stop for RV Living, then I really can’t imagine what could be.

I was welcomed to the bar by a drunk pool player impressed with my Jurassic Park T-shirt…closet nerds really can’t control themselves while drinking. 

We got our laundry quarters at the bar, along with our Bud Lights. Seriously, are you not as ecstatic about this as I am?

I am sure that there is more than one place in the United States with the amazing collaboration of beer and laundry – but it is nice to come home and remember the amazing things that Home has to offer!

 

Eugene, Oregon

I am not a big city person. I don’t like traffic, I don’t like crowds, and I know I am delusional because I consider Eugene, OR a big city.

We were going to spend just a few days in Eugene, but we are not shopping mall and fancy restaurant types of people. We are more Goodwill, dog parks, and WiFi kind of people.

Shopping – There are plenty of thrift stores in Eugene/Springfield area, including many Goodwill stores and a local charity, St. Vincent DePaul thrift stores.  I love thrift store shopping! There is less bargain hunting these days than when we were in a sticks ‘n bricks due to a lack of space, but I can still find great buys on clothes and, most importantly, books.

Parks –  Alton Baker Park in Eugene was awesome. They have tons to do there, but the best part for us was the dog park. The dog park was fairly busy, but our two four-legs had a wonderful time running and playing with new friends. The dog park is huge and fully fenced, with double entry points at three different locations. There are benches and covered picnic tables, and a graveled loop trail for us two-legs to walk with our four-legs. (Nerd alert — multiple Pokemon Go Stops and a couple of gyms in and around the dog park!)

We parked The Serenity at Richardson County Park. The park is pretty small, but clean with hot showers and only 15 minutes from the city. The park has a tiny ampitheater, plenty of places to walk, and a beautiful lake with a marina.

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Our big adventure in Eugene was a Def Leppard, REO Speedwagon, and Tesla concert at the Matthew Knight Arena. The bands were beyond awesome! The music was so nostalgic you could almost smell the AquaNet in the air.

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