Oregon Coast Trip 2019

Oregon Coast Trip 2019

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July 6th: The Oregon coast trip was kind of a last minute plan to go with some friends and spend a few days crabbing and playing in the sand dunes. The day after returning home from my Hell’s Canyon trip, I flew out to North Bend Oregon, where my mom and grandma picked me up. I flew from Boise to San Francisco. My layover there allowed me to get some lunch. I found a little Japanese restaurant inside the airport that sold tempura udon. I ordered the dish without having tried it before, and loved it. I landed in North Bend in the early afternoon in time to go grab some crab pots and see if we caught anything from the previous set. That night, my grandparents, mom, some of our friends, and I went to a dirt track race not too far from where we were staying. It was redneck and I loved it! Big explosions, crashes, and fireworks ruled the night. Racing seemed to be a side effect of the show. The stands were packed all the way through the fireworks display at then end of the night. All that fun was a good introduction to the Oregon Coast.

July 7th: We stayed at water’s edge on Coos Bay.  It made it easy to see the sights in the area and still be able to have a short commute to the boat docks where we would take off from for crabbing. Day 2 at the Oregon Coast started out with a trip to the beach and then on to the Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area. While we were at the dunes, we did a sandrail tour ride. This sandrail we rode was an eight seater, tube frame beast powered by a 6-cylinder Vortec Engine. It was big, it was fast, and it was fun! The most entertaining feature of the whole ride was sitting next to my grandma as she panicked over every little bump, through every turn, and down every straightaway.  After laughing until I cried watching my grandma on the sandrail, we went to Florence, Oregon for lunch and got ice cream before heading to Our next stop. We continued on to Heceta Lighthouse, which overlooks the Pacific ocean. Heceta has been active for over 125 years and was converted to an electric light in the 1930’s. There’s actually a really awesome bed and breakfast just below the lighthouse itself; so if you want somewhere awesome stay while on the coast, look for Heceta Lighthouse Bed and Breakfast. For dinner, we drove out onto the beach near where we were staying. We took our barbecuer, elk burgers and a tub of watermelon. We played glow in the dark Kan-Jam until the sun was completely down over the horizon.

July 8th: The following morning we were going to go fishing in the bay. We caught sand shrimp as bait but when we got out on the bay, the water was too rough so we had to turn back. We drop the crab pots in a calmer area and returned to our campsite for a short while before returning to our catch. We had dinner that night at a very nice restaurant and I tried some amazing locally caught scallops. We had our dogs with us at the coast, so we took them to a cool closed off beach where they could run and play in the dark until we went back so we could go to bed.

Our last day at the coast was spent preparing to leave. We went to Chuck’s Seafood to get our fill of salmon, red snapper, and halibut to take home with us. Once done with that, we started our ten hour drive home. The Oregon Coast this year was full of new adventures and experiences. I want to go crabbing soon but until then, I’ll just chow down on the amazing sockeye salmon we have in our freezer. 

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Hell’s Canyon Trip 2019

Hell’s Canyon Trip 2019

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Hell’s Canyon has been one of my family’s traditions for as long as I can remember. I have memories of picking blackberries and getting dumped out of a tube into the Snake River from the time I was 2-years-old. That may have only been 15 years ago, but to me, that’s a lifetime. Every Fourth of July, my dad’s side of the family plans to spend a week at “our” campground near Hell’s Canyon dam. The last couple of years, Riley, my cousin and I have decided to assert ourselves as men and drive to camp ourselves (Probably with a little setup help from our parents; oh, and gas money. We need gas money). 

July 2nd: For 2019, Riley and I loaded our gear into my 1973 Toyota Land Cruiser, which is my daily driver. I bought a 4’ x 6’ trailer to load my 2002 Honda XR250 on along with our coolers, and we hit the road. The initial drive from my hometown of Payette to the deepest river gorge in North America was beautiful. We left in the late afternoon and watched the sun set across the rolling hills that lead to the switch-back river roads. Upon arrival to the campground, we discovered that the only part of my family that had arrived so far was my brother, Tyler, and his family. Riley and I set up our bedding under the stars and hit the hay as soon as we could. After what seemed like a short nap, I rolled over to discover I was getting rained on. I grabbed my phone, which was the only light I had, and ran to get the tent out my car. I unfolded the tent and just pulled it over us and whatever things needed to be kept dry. We slept a few more hours and woke up to clear blue skies and the sun beating down on us. Figures. 

July 3rd: The rest of the family filed in that morning and we had a good breakfast before starting the activities of the day. We played Kan-Jam (a frisbee game that is amazing!) until it got too warm. After that, we tried out Tyler’s new surf boat. I did terrible. It was still tons of fun. We rounded the day off with a short dirt bike ride to the overlook on KleinSchmidt Grade. One of my buddies, Bryce, showed up that afternoon and we set up our hammocks that night.  The next day was Independence Day. 

July 4th: Myself, Riley, Bryce, another one of my cousins, and a few others did the full ride up KleinSchmidt and continued on through an old mining town called Cuprum. We went to check out the old copper mining area which is now just a rain catch that holds the crystal clear water year round. We completed the thirty-mile loop in time to get a little tubing session in with my sister, Heather’s, boat. Riley, Savanna, Whitney, Avery, Parker, Alex, Bryce, and I got smacked around on the water and had fun before dinner. We killed some time playing Kan-Jam and then sat around the campfire listening to Tyler play his guitar and sing Imagine Dragons. The stars were the only fireworks we saw, but they were good enough for us.

July 5th: I rolled out of my hammock to the smell of pancakes on the camp griddle. After breakfast we played in the water with the boats and on the single tubes. My favorite quote from the week came when Alex and my nephew, Parker, were on the tubes. Heather was driving and Alex gave her the signal to stop; she had been giving them quite a ride but nothing that flipped besides the sheer speed of being whipped around the boat. Alex yelled from his tube, “Heather, I want to fly.” Heather proceeded to chuck the two of them over some of the biggest waves I’ve seen. They didn’t stay very long after that…

Midday rolled around and I decided to pack my stuff up and go home. I said my goodbyes and headed out. Even though, this year’s trip was shorter than normal, I loved every minute of it. It’s always nice getting to spend time with family that I don’t see often. The adventures we had were great but the company was what made it all the best. Hell’s Canyon 2020 better be more of the same.

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