Travel Log

2017  

  

Note: map represents all states that we've camped in as a couple - We achieved our goal of making it to Texas! We wanted to hit Florida this winter but our TT park is closed for repairs and because of that the other TT is booked solid! So we will go to Florida next fall.

Year

Diesel

MPG

Diesel

Total Cost

Propane

Used

Propane

Total Cost

Camping

Fees

2017

11.95

$2410*

104.6 gal

$299.05

$345

*Our biggest fuel month was October when we drove from Washington to Arizona and spent $918 in fuel!!! Second highest was in June - it was over 105 degrees for a week straight at Russian River so we drove to the Ocean twice to cool off $540.

3/15 - 3/30  

 Blaine, Wa

Birch Bay RV Campground - retail $41/night (Our cost $0) TT*
We arrived on a sunny day, picked our spot, then it POURED and our site became a lake, so we had our own personal mote. I pulled over a picnic table for DH to get in and out of the rig as he doesn't have any boots. I did the breakdown in the lake the day we left. I am sure glad i've done this for many years! The sites are 4 up with the power/water/sewer in the middle. The lodge was nice with fast internet. I would not likely stay here again due to the tight spacing. We did get a spot that had a permanent site on our right so that side would not have a neighbor and it still felt tight. 

3/27 - 4/17

LaConner, Wa

La Conner RV Resort - retail $46/night (Our cost $0) TT*
Finished packing, organized the barn, went to Dr. appts, Potential RV warranty service (non needed). This resort was much nicer, treed, hundreds of sites to choose from. NO cell service, even at the lodge the wifi there was not usable. If you walked down on the beach you could get a little 4g, but it was still spotty. We will not stay here again due to the lack of cell reception. We had to drive in to the city library to do our business and personal internet stuff. I did not like having to go so far to do our banking. 

4/17 - 4/27

Seaview, Wa

Long Beach RV Resort - retail $48/night (Our cost $0) TT*
This resort was laid out like Birch Bay but we did get an end site so had no neighbors. The internet here was very poor but cell service was good. The library was only 4 minutes away. There is a trail to the ocean, it was under water, but I have muck boots and DH was fine soaking his grubby tennies to get to the beach. There is another trail on the south side that went a long ways. Lots of mosquitoes here. I may or may not be willing to return. We now have an unlimited 4g cell plan so the lack of internet is a non issue, its the tight parking and mosquitoes that would determe.

4/27 - 5/3

Seaside, Or

Seaside RV Resort - retail $55/night (Our cost $0) TT*
Not alot of activities here, but we parked right next to the laundry building and thus had free WiFi. We were going to stay one night until I saw we had WiFi and then we extended for a week. Lots of space, nice property, not very close to the ocean, no walking trails. I would stay here again, but only if I had to because of the lack of trails on site.

5/3 - 5/18

Newport, Or

Whaler's Rest RV Resort - retail $46/night (Our cost $0) TT*
We got lucky and parked in Phase II on the hill toward the top so we had decent cell. The lodge had good WiFi. There is an on site Disc Golf course. A very easy one with 5" high cyclone fence all around so NO throwing OB because you cannot recover your disc. Great family lodge with indoor pool. Craft sale every saturday which I attended and made $10 - I had to pay $5 to TT, but only if I sold anything. Onsite store, trail to ocean, but it crosses 101, we did not make that trek. Disc Golf Courses less than 15 minutes away. No mosquitoes at the Resort, but very, aggressive mosquitoes at the disc golf courses. South Beach DGC we played many times, loved it as a warm up course, multiple tees, nine holes. The other course was very hard, treed, with steep ravines, and more aggressive mosquitoes. Would love to stay here again.

5/18 - 6/5

Florence, Or

South Jetty RV Resort -retail $38/night (Our cost $0) TT* 
This is a park with the least amenities. It does have a very large swimming pool. The adult lodge had no internet so we would park ourselves on the huge deck outside next to the pool. The internet was very fast. No disc golf nearby but we did find a field to throw in and behind our site there was an open field we could putt and approach to our practice basket. It was here that we started to have laptop issues with our older MSI gaming laptop and we decided to get a pair of low end gaming Dell laptops. We spent a fraction on these two than what we've paid for one good gaming laptop in years past. We explored the disc golf in Eugene, playing at one easy course at Westmoreland Park a couple of times. The climate here was very moist, all of our clothes felt damp, however we were happy to have no aggressive mosquitoes to deal with. We were parked in the shade and the weather was mild. 

6/5 - 6/7

Klamath, Ca

Klamath River RV Park - (Our cost $28) RPI**
Moving day stop. We stayed here for a couple of nights as we drove down into California. There are no Thousand Trails from mid-Oregon down into California, close to Santa Rosa. Nice grassy private campground. A couple of weird rules like no dog kennels (the wire contraptions that make a small pet pen), no cloth mats larger than a door mat (this one makes sense as they don't want to kill their grass). They pick your location and help you park - this was a first for us on this journey, but we've stayed at other private campgrounds that park you. No doing laundry in your rig due to limitations of their septic system. That was about it. Great internet to our site for the first time since Seaside. Watched a lot of disc golf. We'd missed quite a few tournaments. Disc golf is videoed and posted on youtube.com. 

6/7 - 6/28

Cloverdale, CA

Russian River RV Resort - retail $51/night (Our cost $0) TT* 
We had read the reviews and were prepared for our stay. Great cell service here, we picked a spot recommended to us by the ranger. It was partially shaded. Everything is asphalt here so very little dust and not many potholes. The entire resort is on a hillside making all of the loops and the sites wonky and steep. Lots of scrape marks in the asphalt. I am amazed at how people were able to get their 40' DPs and 5ers pulled into these spots. We chose an easy peasy pull through.  Disc golf was near by. It was a perfect course for us. It could have been mowed a bit more and a couple of spots had thorny weeds and seeds that stuck to our socks and shoes. We would play twice a day some days. Then it got scorching HOT! We were miserable and went to the ocean to play golf one day, tried two courses and both were fun! Not alot of activities on site and no pool but we did partake in their weekend Chuckwagon breakfasts. No sewer, we used our black tank toter. Finally sponge bathed the front of the trailer and the truck using our A/C water. Good cell service. We found an unilimited data plan to lease and that saved us from terrible boredom in the heat.

6/28 - 7/19

Paicines, CA

San Benito RV Resort -retail $51/night (Our cost $0) TT* 
Huge resort. 280 acres in total. Deer, quail, bobcats and half wild domestic cats. Saw LOTS of deer, quail and cats, the bobcats are shy and hide during the busy season. Very hot here. The grass is all yellow so it is very bright outside. Full hookups. We took a full sun spot until a shaded spot opened up near us. In the shade you deal with gooey seeds, bird poop and ants, lots of ants! We washed the truck off with A/C water a couple of times and found Windex to be a good ant killer. By the last night we'd eliminated most of the ant trails to the inside but some traveled with us to Delta Shores. No nearby disc golf so we made up our own course along a lovely trail that had white posts every 1/10th mile as well as exercise equipment with signs. We made up rules and played twice a day most days. Flies were bad here, no mosquitoes. Had to keep the screen closed all the time. Aside from the heat we enjoyed our stay but after three weeks we were ready for something different. The park has cell extenders, its internet was not good, but we tapped into it using our new unlimited Mifi plan and had decent reception. Some funky sewer/garbage smells at times and the garbage was not picked up often enough for how full the park was. Cafe had good lunches, a little pricey. Lots of activities here.

7/19 - 7/30

Isleton, CA

Delta Shores Resort & Marina - retail $40/night (Our cost $110/10 nights) RPI**
This is a private campground that has its own membership. We used our RPI membership for $10/night camping. Green, shady and breezy, surrounded by water you cannot see. This location sits at 11' elevation, the water on the other side of the levy is 33'. DH is nocturnal and with in days he was eaten alive by no-see-ums or "midges". Their bites are far worse than mosquitoes. We had to use antibiotic cream as well as anti-itch cream. He had to wear long sleeves and long pants at night. Disc golf is less than 1/2 hour away at a park with baskets around the perimeter. It doesn't have a formal course, you just make it up as you go. We criss-crossed the velvety soft field, making up mandos and other rules as we went along. It was a huge step up from the San Benito trail form of disc golf. Good cell service.

7/27

Redding, CA

Trail In RV Campground - ($10-$18) PA***  Decided to stay at Delta Shores

7/28

CA-OR

Rest Areas on I-5 ($0) Decided to stay at Delta Shores

7/29

Roseburg, OR

Tri City RV Park ($16.16) PA*** Still at Delta Shores

7/30-7/31

Florence, OR

South Jetty RV Resort retail $38/night (Our Cost $0) TT* - This time we took a spot in the very back, no sewer. It was nice and quiet. We spent one day resting and then went to do field work with our discs. Compared to the last time we were here my throwing is vastly improved. The key change is that I am back to throwing left handed because my right elbow injury. I am definitely going to keep throwing with both to have more options open to me. We enjoyed the cool weather here. 

8/1

Newport, OR

Whaler's Rest RV Resort -retail $46/night ($0) TT*  Didn't feel like moving, so called reservations and cancelled this, adding one more day for South Jetty.

8/2 - 8/23

Pacific City, OR

Pacific City RV Resort - retail $46/night ($0) TT* -This park is HUGE and hilly like Russian River. It got old driving 5mph to leave the property which was 10 minutes each way. Our electrical was wonky after an overnight power outage that spanned from Lincoln City to Pacific City. We suffered multiple outages a day after that. Finally the last night after no power all day, DH took apart the circuit breaker, sanded the connections and put it back together. Its lovely being married to an electrician, but then why did he wait until the very last day to decide that is what was needed to fix the issue? He still thinks that it is going to be problematic and needs to be replaced. We did not like having to dump, but the site we picked was off the beaten path and we were surrounded by thick foliage. The dump was very close by. The walk down to the ocean was easy one way, quite challenging on the way back as it was all uphill. We had no cell service nor internet at our site and the lodge service was very weak 3g so we had to go in to town to get anything done. We found that the post office parking lot was best, it backs to a small air strip and we got to see some home made airplanes take off. I will need some time to recover from being off the grid so for now this park is on our do not revisit list. There are horse facilities here that look like they've rarely if ever been used. The state park down the road has an extensive trail system for people and horses. The trails are deep sand, we alternated walking here with walking down to the ocean. It was grueling walking but we got our best exercise here. We played no disc golf.

8/23 - 8/30

Chehalis, WA

Chehalis RV Resort - retail $41/night ($0) TT* - Great cell service. We picked the upper most farthest away site with no neighbors on three sides of us. We are surrounded by blackberry bushes loaded with ripe blackberries. I think we will recover nicely here before heading to our home stomping grounds. Very quiet and rural. There are horse facilities here. Our site connects to a horse trail that runs around the property. We will be checking that out today for sure!

8/30 - 9/13 Monroe, WA Thunderbird RV Resort - retail $45/night ($0) TT* - Great cell service. Love the water pressure. We got a sewer site YIPPY! There's only 102 sites and I'd say half have sewer, of those 30% are annual members who live onsite or have their rig there year round. So far so good here, will update more.
9/13-10/4 Mount Vernon, WA Mount Vernon RV Campground - retail $46/night($0) TT* - ok cell service. Very few sewer sites 17/225 but they are managed by the rangers so you can request to be on the list for oe. We are near I-5 so I just tell myself it is the ocean and all is well:) Great green space, pool with a view of Mt. Baker. Strict rules, not sure how enforced they are. After almost 3 weeks here, it seems very quiet, you can hear the freeway and a pin drop quiet. Ironically we get enough broadband to play our online game but not good enough to stream football on my cell or shows on the FIRE. Youtube works somewhat depending on the time of day. Notable is a disc golf course at Bakerview Park in south Mount Vernon. Fun 9 hole course.
10/4-10/11 Leavenworth, Wa Leavenworth RV Campground - - retail $46/night($0) TT* - This is by far our favorite TT. The fall colors were spectacular, and the property is great with miles of trails to walk. The disc golf course was a true course with a variety of terrain and obstacles. Decent cell service that had some latency. 
10/11-10/18 Mount Vernon, Wa Mount Vernon RV Campground - retail $46/night($0) TT* - Good cell service. Very few sewer sites 17/225 but they are managed by the rangers so you can request to be on the list for one. We made sure to park at a site for best cell reception. This time the signal is great. We did not ask for a sewer site.
10/18-10-25 Bend, Or

Bend-Sunriver RV Campground - retail $49/night($0) TT* - Good Cell Service. No Sewer sites. They close half the park in winter. Water pipes are heated (likely why they only leave half open). Onsite disc golf course, Onsite store open all year round. Close to Sunriver which has lots to do. It was very quiet here and cold at night, down to the lower 30s. I would like to stay here longer, perhaps next spring?

10/25-10/26 Nevada

Drive through Nevada overnight at a Rest Area - $0 - It was closed so we parked outside in on the road. It seemed alot of the rest areas were closed with no place online to verify. It was quite frustrating for us. 

10/26-10/28 St. George, Ut KOA - retail $36.49/night ($28-$14/night) RPI** - we liked it here. It is basically a gravel site with some trees but beautiful scenery all around. Very close to the Interstate.
10/28-11/5 Cottonwood, Ut

Page Springs RV Resort - retail $35/night ($110.66 for 8 nights) RPI** - Hang out in the Cottonwood area... Drove to Prescott via Jerome. Forgot about this drive. We'd driven this route 20 years ago. The campground was in a gully so was a little green oasis in the desert. Lovely location. We didn't think we would like it when first driving in, but boy was it nice once we settled in. Fish hatchery across the street with miles of walking trails. Played golf in Cottonwood almost every day.

11/5-11/7 Benson, Ar

Valley Vista RV Resort- retail $29/night ($32 for 2 nights) RPI** - No reason to stay here other than to rest a full day. Gravel Lot with trees. 

11/7 El Paso, Tx

Mission RV Park - retail $42/night($20.96 cash) EA**** Enjoy America is free with RPI and is 50% off one night. We spontaneously decided to stay here over a rest area because lots of the rest areas are either closed or full of big rigs. Rest Areas in Texas are very, very small

11/8 Loraine, Tx Ms. Gs RV Park - retail $30 ($15 cash) PA*** Wow, this was a true mom and pop campground. It was rough with no amenities, the owner had to drag power from a side monument to our middle pull thru spot. We were very, very grateful for the spot because it was very cold and rainy this day. We wanted to stop and warm up. We didn't need any fancy amenities!
11/9-11/29 Whitney, Tx Lake Whitney RV Campground - Retail $41/night ($0) TT* - the campgrouned was nice. It was clean and freshly painted. I taught card classes here three times and enjoyed the activities coordinator. She decorated the park while I was there. It was very festive. I would stay here again. The area is pretty boring overall. Sleepy town

* TT - Thousand Trails Platinum Plus Membership bought through Campground Memberships Outlet
** RPI - Resort Parks International (RPI) Preferred Membership that I had access to via the Thousand Trails Platinum Plus Membership
*** PA - Passport America - Discount camping club offering 50% off one night or more for over 1,900 campgrounds
**** EA - Enjoy America - This membership is complementary with RPI

 

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