A few days in Florence, OR

Leaving Eugene we braved the rains and wind to head to the coast.  It’s a beautiful drive, past a covered bridge and follows the Siuslaw River out to Florence.

siuslaw river

We parked the coaches at the Florence Elks RV park.  The sites here are very nice, spread out with trails around the perimeter. It’s $25 a night with power and water.  There are showers and bathrooms.  They have cable and Wi-Fi.

We drove to the end of South Jetty to access the beach on the first day. It’s a long, bumpy road but a nice beach at the end.  All along the route are staging areas for ORVs.  Walking the dogs we noticed all these spongy looking “fingers” laying in the sand.  Not sure what they were, it took a knowledgeable friend,  Dawn Roll Bailey to identify them.  They are pyrosomes and there were small and large ones, fascinating to pick up and check out.  They aren’t normally around in our waters, here is a news video on the phenomena http://www.kgw.com/news/local/pyrosome-sea-creatures-washing-up-on-oregon-coast/495041584

Large pyrosomes

We met my sister, Cheryl and her husband, Ron for dinner at the Waterfront Depot.  They transplanted here over 18 years ago and love it still.

The menu at the Waterfront Depot had lots of delicious offerings…unfortunately, with my still having the flu, my sense of taste hadn’t returned. I chose to have their hamburger special which was $6. Cheryl and Ron had the same.   Janet had the crab encrusted halibut and Todd had the fish and chips.

Next door to the restaurant were lights decorating a small par.  It was beautiful to behold, with the bridge over the Siuslaw River as a back drop.


siuslaw bridge

Next day rained all day, so Janet and I perused a few antique shops.  I found a beautiful lithograph of a Borzoi and let a Borzoi friend and fancier, Marian Broadhurst, know about it.  She ended up buying it and will have it shipped to her home.  Another treasure I found was a tile from Portugal.  Even though I believe it is a GSD it looks close enough for a Belgian to me. 🙂

Janet and I then met with my sister and her husband for lunch at Rosa’s, a Mexican restaurant in town.  It is family run and was delicious.

From there we all went back to the Elks RV park and I got to show my sister and her husband my RV and.  We then went to Janet and Todd’s coach and chatted awhile, before they headed home.

With dwindling daylight and the skies clear we loaded up and went for a quick tour around Darlingtonia State Natural Site, an 18 acre botanical park that is home to a special plant.  Here you follow a short boardwalk to a fen filled with  Darlingtonia californica, also known as the cobra lily.  It is a very unique looking carnivorous plant, and the only relative of the pitcher plant found in Oregon.


We quickly returned back to Driftwood Shores and Heceta Beach.  The surf was still wild from the earlier storm, waves crashing and spray curling above the waves.  The dogs were able to get a good run in before the sun started to set, finishing a great visit to this area of Oregon.  Tomorrow we head to Winchester Bay, OR.

Heceta beach




Mewsing on a cat….

   My intentions were good, I meant to blog at least every other day. Then the evening before Thanksgiving I came down with the flu.  Next day I was on the road, following Janet and Todd south to Kelso, WA where they had parked their class A motorhome “Big Al”.  Much of that day was a fog for me and I was grateful to pull into the Kelso-Longview Elks RV park late in the afternoon.
kelso longview elks
   I was happy to see that the sites at the Kelso Elks were pull throughs.  A feature that I really appreciated in my state.  It is $20 for power and water, and the sites were level and had enough space for me to set up a couple of exercise pens for  my dogs.   https://www.elks.org/lodges/home.cfm?LodgeNumber=1482
You have to be a member, but I can’t encourage people enough to become one.  They do so many good things for the community and they have RV parks all over the US for very reasonable rates.  The lodge is right there for food or drink.  A Calvary church is located on site, if you are so moved.
   The next morning we continued south into OR, the traffic started getting worse and worse until it was basically a crawl.  I noticed lots of college pride on the vehicles surrounding us, with as minimal as a flag or two, pom poms attached to the back of their vehicles, to a fully painted truck in Beaver colors with “Beaver Believer” painted on the back.  I should have figured it out at that point, but it took my sister informing me that it was their “Civil War” the Oregon Ducks vs the Oregon Beavers game that day.
   We chose to stay the night in Eugene rather than continuing on to Florence, so we wouldn’t be driving in the dark.  We stayed at Armitage County park, a lovely setting with spacious full hook up sites for $30 a night.  They have a fully fenced 2 acre dog park, which we took advantage of to help the dogs burn off some steam.   A pit mix was running around in the park when we got there, Korda and Kylie hit it off with him and then it was off to the races.  I normally don’t do dog parks but this one was large, clean and my dogs definitely needed some exercise!! http://www.armitagepark.com/
  Now, about the cat.  While in a Ny-quil stupor I hazily remember hearing what I thought was someone with a synthesizer playing a note that sounded like a cat mewing.  I faded in and out, hearing it each time I got close to waking up.  Finally, the dogs let me know they HAD to go out.  I put their collars and leashes on then flung the RV door open.  There, on my step, was a gray tabby cat looking up at me and it mewed at me.  (It was definitely a mew and not a meow).  Dogs on point, I said “hey! you better get out of here!” and it took off around the front of Towanda.  It didn’t leave though, just looked at us and continued mewing.  The dogs moved forward towards it, and then it hissed and took off. Returning to the coach after walking the dogs I wondered about that cat.
   I wondered if he had been left behind, or lived around there…possibly the person that had parked here prior had given him some food or treats?  I felt bad that my dogs ran him off.   Janet said the camp host had some cats so maybe it was one of his?  It’s a mystery I’ll never know the answer to,  I just hope he had a home.
   I will catch up this evening with another post of our stay so far in Florence.  Thanks for coming along!

Name that Jeep!

My old SAR jeep has been recommissioned as my towed (toad) vehicle.  I used to name my vehicles when I was younger, but got away from that the more vehicles I’ve owned.

Now that I have started up some old childish habits by naming my RV Towanda, I think it’s only natural to name the Jeep as well. 🙂

Any ideas?

Traveling companion #2 Korda de la Rouquine

Korda (Korda de la Rouquine) will be 4 years old in March. With the help of Kate Hogan, I was put in touch with Jeannette Bout in the Netherlands, a breeder of outstanding working Tervuren.  I wanted another working bred dog I could do IPO and/or Mondio with, and she chose Korda for me.  I couldn’t have asked for a better pup. 🙂

Korda is the daughter of Impact de la Rouquine IPO 1, IPO 2, deelcertificaat IPO 3, B/C Avelance certificat A

and Apache van Metcol’s Home PH-1 CL (433) Object CL (397) and PH-2 CL (425) and participant NK KNPV Eindehoven 2015 PH-2

We have trained in IPO and Nosework. We’ve also played with Barnhunt and Lure Coursing.  Korda also enjoys swimming, though maybe not quite as much as Kylie.  When we return to WA we will start competing in some different sports as well as start training for AKC tracking.

Korda is a very serious girl when it comes to interaction with strangers, tending to be civil (natural defensiveness against a perceived threat and would engage someone without equipment).  Though when she gets to know you she lets down her guard and can be very sweet.   To me she can be the funniest dog, she has a sense of humor and enjoys acting goofy. 🙂

My girls are the reason I feel safe traveling alone.  They are alert to  things going on around me, even when I’m not.  I think my decal on the door of Towanda says it all… 😉

i already know you're here

Traveling companion #1 Sprite’s Great Adventure

I thought I would give a little write up on my traveling companions.  Kylie (Sprite’s Great Adventure) CGC NW1 L1C L1I, will be 11 years old in March.  She was my first working bred Belgian Tervuren and the one who got me hooked.

Kylie blog pink

kylie blog bitey

I got Kylie as a puppy from Denise Fenzi.  She is out of her OTCH Sprite’s Eureka SchH2 TD UDX “Raika”

and Brydon Christensen’s Gator de la Rouquine CDX RN “Gator”.


She was originally intended for SAR (which I had been participating with mounted and K9 for years) but before I could get her started I decided my aging body was holding back some of the young members on searches and I decided to resign.  I miss it often.


I am more of a person that loves the dog training, more than the competition.  So I trained Kylie in Schutzhund/IPO for a couple of years and never competed.  She loved the bitework and really had what it took to be an exceptional sport dog. I sometimes feel I let her and her breeder down in that aspect. This pic was just for fun a year ago, she really misses doing the bitework I think! 🙂

Kylie blog bite Christian

Kylie is the kind of dog that I think you could do any sport with and she would excel.  We did Nosework (and hope to take it back up when we return home in the spring). She got her NW1 first try as well as L1C and L1I.  I’d also like to do some AKC tracking with her in the spring.

kylie blog nw

She loves barnhunt and lure coursing (and would have no trouble titling).  Probably her most favorite thing, though, is swimming.

kylie blog swim

Kylie has a sense of humor, smiles (especially when she thinks she’s in trouble) and talks back to you. She also likes squealing on Korda.

   She has been a great traveling dog, nothing seems to faze her.  She acquires fans wherever she goes.  She is a heart dog and I hope for many more years together!