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Tuesday June 7- Bandon to Florence OR

Tuesday June 7- On the road again… We crossed several interesting bridges.

We drove north on Rt. 101 from Bandon to just 1 mile south of Florence. We are staying for 5 nights at the South Jetty Thousand Trails. We had heard that there are problems with getting satellite and Verizon wireless at this park, but we have good wireless, just no satellite. We are in a full hook up site with 30 amp. Bob put up the portable dish, but it does not seem to be able to pick up anything due to the heavy tree cover. This is one dismal RV park. There is such heavy tree coverage, even when it was sunny, it was dark and dreary! This was the best site we could find for the satellite reception.

After we set up and ate lunch, we drove north to Florence. Our first stop was at a carwash. The car was so dirty we could barely see out of the windows. We saw the Elks Lodge, so we cruised through their parking lot. Only 2 motor homes were parked there, one ofwhich was Nick and Terry Russell, again, they were not home! They were supposed to be staying at the Thousand Trails, but Nick could not get any reception on his Verizon MiFi so they moved to the Elks Lodge.

We turned right off of Rt 101 onto Rhododendron Rd. There were a few rhododendron in bloom, but not enough to make a good picture.  We followed the road out to the end of the jetty to Heceta Beach.

The water rushing into the Siuslaw River was pretty rough.


We returned to Florence and went to Old Town Florence, which has some nice shops and restaurants. We stopped in at the Chamber of Commerce Visitor Center and picked up a few local brochures. The lady there suggested that we go to Breakwaters Restaurant for a nice seafood dinner. So we did, and it was okay. I had pan seared scallops and Bob had grilled salmon. Mine was a little bland( even the sweet potatos), but Bob’s was good. When we left the restaurant the sun was shining!  So we drove out to Oregon Dune National Recreation Area. We drove 5 miles down through the park, and ended up on the other side of the river from where we were this afternoon. The dunes are huge, much higher than anything you see on the east coast. Having our National Parks pass is really working well for us, as this is another park that requires an entrance pass.  We returned to the motor home and Bob continued to try to obtain satellite TV. He finally had success, when moving the satellite to just the right spot.

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