Amber and I went to Sutton Campground near Florence, Oregon last weekend. It was our first attempt at taking the fifth-wheel to a national forest campground, and it was well worth the 3 hour drive. The campground roads and sites are tight, but we were able to get into our pull-through, site A13. Sutton Campground is beautiful and well maintained. Most of the sites are surrounded by foliage providing campers with a great sense of privacy. While we were in a pull-through site and close to the road we couldn’t see other campsites beyond ours when we stepped outside our door. As typical of NF campgrounds there is a lot of space between sites, so even though we were close to the road we didn’t feel like we were trailer on top of trailer.
We decided to take out the dutch ovens and try the new dutch oven table we found at Sportsman’s Warehouse on a discount night. Then we got a further discount because it was the last one left and didn’t have a box. Amber’s the dutch oven fire starter and loved her new toy. The baking powder biscuits, sausage gravy, eggs, and maple sausages were yummy!
We’ve always camped on the coast, but usually stay at Honeyman when we’re near Florence. This last weekend we wanted to stay at a NF park, go kayaking and explore other places in the area. It ended up being too windy and cold for kayaking, but we found three lakes we want to try next time we visit. Mercer Lake, Sutton Lake and Alder Lake were all close by. Then Cleowox Lake is at Honeyman State Park just a few miles south of Florence. We went out to North Jetty, but the wind was making the sand sting as it hit us, so we didn’t stay long. Instead we found Harbor Vista Campground that appeared be a quiet place for camping. It’s a small park that I believe is operated by Lane County.
While walking through the campground we found the Darlingtonia Walkway.
Before going home on Sunday we practiced backing the 5th wheel into some other sites. I also took several pictures of the campground and some sites we might be able to use for our next visit.