Thursday, July 22, 2010
No Reservations Along The Oregon and Washington Coast
After the excitement of meeting new friends at Horse Camp and witnessing a hit and run at the Tillamook factory, Max and I decided to just drive up the coast and enjoy the rest of the day. This particular night we didn't know where we were going to sleep. I usually plan it that way but sometimes when the weather is nice and school is out, there are others out there that want to camp too. Imagine that!
As it was getting late, I stopped at several campsites along the way that I was familiar with but on this day, each one was full. Even some in which I thought would be remote enough to have availability, didn't. So, we were in a sense...lost with nowhere to go.
However, I didn't give up hope. I drove to more state parks and places where I thought we would be able to find a place but each time we pulled up, we had the same outcome.
It was a bit frustrating but I kept driving until we were out of cell phone range and without a town in sight. I pulled into a small campsite (I will link a site once I remember the name) along the coast in Washington and even though there was a sign saying it was full, I saw about 15 sites that were empty. I thought to myself, "it's late, It's been over two days without a shower and I've been in the car driving all day" so I decided to take a chance. I set up camp in the smallest spot, took a shower and went to sleep hoping that the owners of the site wouldn't show up in the middle of the night.
The next morning I woke up early and headed out on the road again without a plan.