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Travel staffer Brian Cantwell, his wife and their two cats are traversing the Oregon shore in a rented motorhome.

April 15, 2010 1:38 PM

Quiz question for the beach-bound

Posted by Brian Cantwell

If someone told you there's a tree common to the Oregon coast called a "krumholtz," would you

A. believe him.
B. think he's had a few too many sips of Liebfraumilch.
C. laugh and say, "Yeah, and they grow best around knickerbocker bushes, right next to the lederhosen flowers."

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April 15, 2010 1:36 PM

And now, the news -- in Port Orford

Posted by Brian Cantwell


Can't find the Pacific? Port Orford offers help.

The farther south you get on the Oregon coast, the closer you get to Mayberry.

Here, they call it Port Orford. It's a charming little town with a tiny fishing-boat basin stuck behind a rock, out of the insane winds that whistle down from Cape Blanco, a few miles to the north.

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April 14, 2010 6:00 PM

Traffic hazard south of Port Orford

Posted by Brian Cantwell


Honey, lock the doors.

Yes, there's a T-Rex that lunges out of the trees along Highway 101 near Humbug Mountain State Park, south of Port Orford. It's part of the Prehistoric Gardens, a wonderful slice of 1950s dinosaurmania created by local dinosaur lover and sculptor E.V. Nelson.

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April 14, 2010 11:30 AM

Spotlight on lighthouses (and how to pick 'em)

Posted by Brian Cantwell


A family approaches the Cape Blanco Lighthouse, open for $2
tours from 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m. (except Monday) this time of year.

Lighthouses are a major crowd-pleaser on the Oregon Coast, and if you can visit them all, more power to you (and you can fill out the stamps in your passport from the United States Lighthouse Society). Meanwhile, pssst -- don't tell the Million Member Fan Club of Heceta Head Lighthouse, but if you have time to visit only one, there are some good reasons to head for Cape Blanco.

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April 14, 2010 11:15 AM

A Google map of the coast trip

Posted by Brian Cantwell

Here's a Google map of our six-night trip down the Oregon Coast. Each marker shows an Oregon State Park where we're camping. We're spending four nights between Astoria and Brookings southbound, then staying at different places on two nights northbound before returning the RV to Portland on Day 7.

Click on a pointer for details and links to more information.


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April 14, 2010 1:00 AM

Are those cats still with you?

Posted by Brian Cantwell


Rosie the cat: "Does this RV make me look fat?"

Since more than one of you has asked (that would be two), I'll report that yes, we do still have our cats on this Oregon coast odyssey. We haven't set them loose to forage among the sea otters or live out their lives begging with cardboard signs in the parking lot of the Lincoln City Mo's.

Tempting, at 3 a.m. when Bosun, the tuxedo cat, decides to prove that felines are naturally nocturnal and the 19-foot RV is his personal Serengeti to prowl, with lots of thumping and bumping involved. But no.

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April 13, 2010 6:25 PM

Cheap and fun nature tricks at Cape Perpetua

Posted by Brian Cantwell


A plume of seawater erupts from Spouting Horn at Cape Perpetua
Scenic Area, a few miles south of Yachats, Ore.

"Thar she blows!"

I had to holler it, as we perched on black volcanic rock that looked like a giant pumice stone on the side of Oregon and watched as surging green water of the Pacific suddenly geysered high from the Spouting Horn blowhole 20 yards away.

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April 13, 2010 11:50 AM

Meet Victor, our noble steed

Posted by Brian Cantwell


Victor, left, at a scenic pullout on Highway 101.

Sipping coffee in the Two Loons Cafe in Bandon on a rainy Tuesday morning, I'll take a few minutes off the road to tell you about our RV.

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