Unplugged in Florence, OR

No cell service, no internet and no satellite TV in our rig for two weeks!  So, I have a bit of catching up to do!  Although we expected the lack of services, it was certainly a lesson on how attached we are to our techie toys.   I guess we won’t get much sympathy by mentioning that the closest service was a short walk to the beach or a drive to an ocean view overlook?  

Here’s the highlights….Carl G. Washburne State Park, 12 miles north of Florence, greeted us with the best warm, sunny weather yet! Rosanne at Carl Washburn State Park0001On day 1, we walked miles on the beach, returned to our site and created a cozy campfire.  A perfect day…..until Mother Nature had a hissy fit.  It rained, poured, pounded, battered, and smattered Betty for the next four days!   Needless to say, we hunkered down, watched DVD movies, read books and waited impatiently for the sun!   

Between cloudbursts we ventured out to historic Old Town Florence.  A charming city on the Siuslaw River filled with restaurants, unique art galleries, a working fishing harbor and access to the Oregon Dunes. 

View of  Florence Bridge from Old Town

View of Florence Bridge
from Old Town

Florence Bridge

Florence Bridge


As the weather cleared, we ventured to Devils Churn and Cooks Chasm, fissures in the rocky shore where the ocean pounds through creating turbulent wave action, mini waterfalls and incredible spout-hole water shows.

Bridge Over Cooks Chasm

Bridge Over Cooks Chasm

Cooks Chasm

Cooks Chasm

Every time a wave came through, it sounded like thunder. 

Devils Churn

Devils Churn

We continued our tour of lighthouses by hiking to the Heceta Head Lighthouse.  

Heceta Head Lighthouse

Heceta Head Lighthouse

The trek was a bit more than we expected as the trail wound down, up and around the peaks.  Our efforts were rewarded when the path opened and we stood eye level to the top end of the lighthouse tower. 

Heceta Head Lighthouse

Heceta Head Lighthouse

Nearby Newport was a fun place to visit.  The old Bayfront is reminiscent of a very, mini San Francisco and Pier 39.  Houses on the hills overlook the harbor as Fishermen sell their days’ catch from their boats.   Commercial and charter fishing fleets, seafood processing plants, shops, restaurants and galleries line the harbor street.  And, of course, the Rogue Brewery resides there. 

A couple days before we left the Florence area, I received an e-mail from our Reno friend, Pam, asking for more specifics on our location.  Her friends were travelling on the Oregon coast in their RV and thought they may be nearby.  And they were!  We exchanged contact information and met Mary and Steve the next day (July 4th) for lunch.  We thoroughly enjoyed our visit.  Life on the road definitely has its own unique way of keeping us connected.  Pam, thank you for the introduction!  Mary and Steve, thank you for your time and visit! Safe travels and we hope our paths cross again in the near future.


We are now in Lincoln City, OR…..more to come.

Categories: On the Road


  1. Nick and Bethany are in Florence RIGHT NOW. Been there a week already. Doing the ATV thang with Nick’s family in the dunes. I just talked with her yesterday and they were enjoying lunch in Florence! Talk about a near miss!


  2. So in envy! Great post. Thanks for sharing it with us!


  3. I think you should get in touch with someone about writing for a travel guide brochure or something… or save your blog posts and at the end, compile them into a RV Travel Guide and publish it. These are great!


  4. Sorry about the Rain, but sounds like you still had fun. Wonderful pictures…….


  5. Cute picture Rosanne. Glad you got some warm weather as we were sweltering here in Reno for a few days. Thanks for the phone call. Continue safe travels.


  6. It’s a small world. Are you still in Florence???So am I…At Boy Scout Camp(Camp Baker) with Tyler. Going into Florence this evening to shop for supplies and for a real dinner.


  7. As we all know that it rains a lot in Oregon, and people do not tan they rust.
    Love Dad


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