After another 65 scenic miles north on Hwy 101, we are happily tucked into a cozy wooded site at Cape Blanco State Park, the westernmost point in Oregon. This was the only place along the coast we could find that did not take reservations. The parks that did were completely booked over Memorial Day weekend. When I spoke with the ranger on the phone the other day, he assured me we would have no problem getting a site mid-week, although he thought the park would be full for the weekend.
This is a rather remote park, a 6 mile drive off 101, and 10 miles from Port Orford, which is probably why a lot of people pass it by. For us it is exactly what we were looking for. Those of you who read Wheelingit are familiar with this as being the place where Paul and Nina have been lighthouse hosts.
For $22/night you get a site with water and electric, much needed due to the heavy tree cover. Our solar panels would never get enough sun to charge the batteries here, so we are happy to be plugged in. And we’re taking advantage of the power by using our little electric heaters, as the highs here barely reach 60.
As an added bonus, our very private site also has a bit of an ocean view at the back.
There are just a couple of downsides to the park, one being that the dump station is closed and will probably be so permanently. Not a problem for us since we only plan to stay 5 or 6 nights. Also there are showers but the bathrooms are so cold inside there is no way we are using them.
The trails and the beach make up for any negatives, though. We’ve already done a little exploring and like what we’ve seen so far, in spite of nearly getting blown away by the crazy wind.
On another note, while we were driving here yesterday we talked about our time in California and wondered what we spent on camping fees, since we ended up finding more free places than we thought. We don’t normally bother to keep track of those things, but since we record everything in Microsoft Money it was easy to figure it out.
We spent 82 days in California, and our average cost per night came out to be $17.25. Not bad at all.