Sutton Campground – Siuslaw National Forest, OR

Tucked safely into the campsite.
Tucked safely into the campsite.

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.

 

 

 

 

My Iowa Adventure

I-84 Rest Area
The beach house at the last rest area on I-84 about an hour from Portland where I stayed overnight. The highway sign says it’s a rest area, but the signs in the parking lot say it’s a day use area managed by Oregon State Parks.

I returned home a couple days ago after visiting Misty-Jade during her spring break.  Towing the new beach house out to Iowa and back to Oregon was an adventure.  I had my doubts on the way out and worried about the weather, but I’m glad I did it.  In the future I would probably wait until April to tow a trailer in the northern states.  The weather was great driving to Iowa, even if it was a bit cold.  I had expected the weather to get better on the return trip, but I ran into light snow in Nebraska, Wyoming, Idaho, and Oregon!  And the wind was tough.

Misty’s Steakhouse
We saw this chain of restaurants in Lincoln, Nebraska, and for obvious reasons had to try it out. We had delicious prime rib covered with melted blue cheese!

I had a wonderful visit with Misty-Jade and saw her compete vault at the Big 10 Gymnastics Championships held in Lincoln, Nebraska.  I’m very proud of her scoring 9.85 and placing 6th!  Her team will compete at the regional championships next week and try to qualify for nationals to be held in Texas in mid April.  I’m going to fly out and watch the Gymhawks compete next weekend.

Misty-Jade
Misty-Jade. Iowa is hosting the NCAA regional championships and counting down the days until the meet.

I’ve towed our previous travel trailer across the country in the past, but never with the intent of possibly full timing.  I’ve read many RV blogs over the past couple years getting ideas about this new adventure.  This trip to Iowa was different in that I made many mental notes of how I would do something if I were full timing.  My time was limited on this trip, so I drove trucker miles to get across country.  Obviously I wouldn’t do that full timing; maybe a couple hundred miles per day max and stay places for longer lengths of time.  I did take the time to do some sight-seeing on this trip.  I’ll write about some of my experiences and thoughts about the trip in the next few blog posts including Lincoln, Nebraska, the Nebraska State Capitol, rest areas, gas stations, RV parks, and the Great Platte River Road Archway Monument.

Tessa watching Misty-Jade walk away as we dropped her off at the hotel before returning home.
Tessa watching Misty-Jade walk away as we dropped her off at the hotel before returning home.