Do you remember a while back when I wrote that this campground was a circus, with RVs coming and going in every direction? Well, I think they added a third ring for the holiday weekend. I don’t think you could shoehorn a roller skate in here at this point, but I still see rigs lined up at check in.
Knowing how crazy the whole town will be, we decided to get a few last errands run yesterday and then to hunker down at home as much as possible. So in the early afternoon we drove into Florence and visited a couple of antique shops we had missed before. Terry wanted to check out a kitchen store in Old Town, a two or three block long stretch along the waterfront lined with restaurants, shops, and tourist traps. That’s where I saw this truck and knew I had to take a picture. Hey, don’t blame me, I didn’t name it!
We are scheduled to leave here on Sunday, the 5th, and our next reservation is Tuesday, the 7th, at Whalers Rest Thousand Trails in Newport. We weren’t sure where we’d find a place to hang out for those two days, but our pal Nancy Kissack is staying at the Elks lodge campground a couple of miles north of town and she called yesterday afternoon to say that she had talked to the camp hosts and they had reserved a site for us for those two days. Very nice! While we were out we stopped by the campground to thank Nancy and checked out our new site.
A big part of our reason for spending the summer here on the Oregon coast is for the great kite flying opportunities. This is my newest kite, a dual line Prism Quantum stunt kite with an 84″ wing span that is capable of amazing maneuvers in the hands of a competent pilot, which I’m not, but yet is very forgiving for beginners, which I am. So once we were done in town we headed out to the end of the South Jetty for some flying.
The Oregon Dunes stretch for miles along the coast here, with great beaches and impressive winds.
This is a popular spot for kiteboarders and in spite of the cold wind there were several out having fun in the water.
The weather said winds would be 15 miles per hour with gusts to 25, and it was really blowing out at the beach. I’m sure it was closer to 30 sustained, and gust were up to 35. I flew the Quantum for a while but it was too windy for it, especially for my first time out with it. But I had it in the air long enough to be impressed with how strong it pulls. I’m looking forward to getting it aloft in lighter winds a little further up the coast.
I put the Quantum away and switched to my Prism Snapshot 1.9 speed foil. This is a kite that was made for high winds, but I’ve never flown it in anything that strong before.
What a workout! You all know that I’m a fat guy, but that darned thing dragged me all over the beach and even off my feet a couple of times! The last time it actually pulled me face down for a foot or so along the sand. I told Terry that if I did that for an hour a day I might lose some weight! Especially with the half mile or so hike we had to get across the sand to the beach and then back to where the Explorer was parked.
By the time we got home I was aching all over and I felt like I’d been worked over by a couple of professional wrestlers. But it’s a good hurt. Yeah, right!
In less than 24 hours we have received over 90 entries for out latest Free Drawing for an autographed copy of John and Kathy Huggins’ So, You Want to be a Full-Time RVer? To enter, all you have to do is click on this Free Drawing link or the tab at the top of this page and enter your name in the comments section at the bottom of that page (not this one). Only one entry per person per drawing please, and you must enter with your real name. To prevent spam or multiple entries, the names of cartoon or movie characters are not allowed. The winner will be drawn Sunday evening.
Good news for fans of my friend Bobbi Holmes’ Haunting Danielle mystery series. The fourth book in the series, The Ghost Who Wanted Revenge, is out now. These cozy mysteries are set here on the Oregon coast and are very good. Check them out!
Thought For The Day – If the stuff I say upsets you, just think of all the things I keep to myself.