Ep. 116: Oregon | Travel RV camping adventure

Welcome back to Grand Adventure! I’m your
host Marc Guido, and in this episode we’re going to travel all across Oregon
from one end of the state to the other, so stick around! Now while we prepare our rig for an
upcoming 4,000-mile road trip, we’re going to spend this week bringing you back
to Oregon. Oregon is an incredibly diverse state, and we’re going to share
with you adventures that you can enjoy from end
to end. This video is a collaboration between Grand Adventure and our friends
over at Campsite Videos, who lent their beautiful videography to complement our
own photos and videos from across Oregon. We encourage you to check out and
subscribe to their wonderful YouTube channel — we’ll put a link right here on
the screen, and in the video description down below so you can go over and check
out their videos. So without any further ado, let’s get started!
Oregon is an incredibly diverse state for outdoor travelers, with topographies
ranging from lush damp coastal forests to a spine of dormant volcanoes, and even
deserts. A desert may not be the first thing that comes to mind when most folks
think of Oregon, but the High Desert occupies most of the eastern half to
two-thirds of the state, with the exception of the Wallowa and Blue
Mountain ranges in the state’s far northeastern corner. Campers will appreciate the broad swaths
of BLM land across the High Desert of Eastern Oregon’s Columbia Plateau. Towns,
and even roads can be few and far between out here, and it can be many
miles between gas pumps. One noteworthy stop is at Painted Hills, one of the
three units of the John Day Fossil Beds National Monument named for the colorful
layers of its hills corresponding to various geological eras when the area
was an ancient river floodplain. The Cascade Mountains that form a north/south-oriented spine through Central Oregon are the demarcation line between the
moist, cool air flowing in off the Pacific Ocean, and the arid heat of the
eastern High Desert. The landscape changes completely in the span of only a
few miles, as colors change quickly from brown to green, as sagebrush transitions
to ponderosa pines. At the base of the eastern slopes of the
Cascades, along the banks of the Deschutes River sits the charming town
of Bend, a rapidly growing town with an estimated 100,000 residents
that’s nevertheless the largest city in Central Oregon. Founded as a
turn-of-the-century logging town, Bend is now a gateway for many outdoor sports
including mountain biking, fishing, hiking, camping, rock climbing, whitewater rafting,
skiing, paragliding and golf. It’s also home to many fine restaurants
and 23 craft breweries. The Cascade Mountains stretching from
British Columbia to Northern California are appropriately named. Partially
volcanic in origin, they’re home to innumerable waterfalls, particularly in
the Mount Hood National Forest. The Willamette Valley separates the
Cascades from the Oregon Coast Range, influenced by the mild maritime climate
of the adjacent Pacific Ocean. Here is perhaps the most beloved section of
Oregon for travellers along the 362 miles of Pacific shoreline, from the
California border to the Columbia River. The Oregon Beach Bill of 1967 ensures
free beach access for everyone, and results in incredibly underutilized
stretches of broad sandy beach in many areas along the US Route 101. There are
few boondocking opportunities along the immediate coastline in Oregon, so if you
want waterfront camping you’ll be in a campground. There are unlimited places
for dispersed camping a few miles inland within the National Forest. Newport is a vibrant fishing village
along the Central Coast. It’s also home to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric
Administration’s base for research ships, the Rogue Brewery and Distillery, an
exceptional marine aquarium, and the charming seaside neighborhood of Nye
Beach. It’s also the spot along the Oregon coast to find fresh native
seafood, sometimes right off the boat. When in Newport, we stay at the massive
campground at South Beach State Park for its proximity to a pristine stretch of
soft sandy beach. If you’ve got the right gear don’t miss
the opportunity to camp at Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area. This is a
chance to boondock among the largest expanse of coastal sand dunes in North
America. Yes, we got our Tacoma up and over the
dunes to camp out in a remote corner of the dunes, and we saw some folks who even
got their fifth wheels out there, although we’re not really sure that
we’re ready to try it with our rig. Boondocking sites are reservable. Right at the mouth of the Columbia River,
in Oregon’s far northwestern corner sits Fort Stevens State Park, home to one of
the nicest State Park campgrounds we’ve ever come across. Full hookups are
available at some sites, and it’s a short walk or bike ride right to the beach
where you’ll find the wreck of the Peter Iredale. So we hope that you’ve enjoyed this trip
across Oregon, and we hope that it inspires you to head to Oregon for your
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