Welcome to the Pacific Northwest! We’re writing from Eel Lake State Park, a little north of Coos Bay, Oregon. Sorry for the silence; we’d spent a month in California visiting family and friends and catching up on work.
The weather is beautiful here, so we’ve brought the tent. On warm nights, we sleep outside. On cooler nights like tonight, we sleep in the van.
Want to see what’s involved in setting up camp every night? This is what we do when arriving at an undeveloped campsite where we want to sleep outside, i.e., when we have to set up everything.
If there’s already a picnic table and we’re sleeping in the van, we can cut out everything except removing the bikes and setting up the stove.
That’s one of the reasons we’ve kept the contents of Red Delicious to a minimum: leaves plenty of time to focus on enjoying the outdoors — and maybe crack open a beer!
Spent Fourth of July swimming and picnicking in Lake of the Woods, OR
Morning coffee by the Smith River in California
This Redwood “nurse log” fell and now serves as the home for other plants
Delicious cheeses at the Rogue Creamery
Arch Rock along the Southern Oregon Coast
Two of our favorite things! We had to stop for their special
We saw whales from this beach
Seabirds nesting near Coos Bay, OR