So I’m finally going to get around to telling you about my campsites in Oregon. The story starts on July 17th in Steamboat Springs Colorado. Carolyn had finally finished her work in California and was ready to meet me. Klamath Falls was a common ground between the two of us, and also near where my sister lived in Medford Oregon. But even better, it also had lots of good camping–so we decided to meet there. I left Steamboat Springs and took State Route 40 across Colorado all the way to Salt Lake City.
I have a campsite near Kamas, Utah that I enjoy a lot and stày at every time I’m near Salt Lake City. It’s about 25 miles east of Salt Lake City just on the edge of the Uinta Mountains. I even have a favorite mechanic there in Kamas so I spent an extra day and had him look into a problem that I was having, fortunately, he said it was nothing. It only cost me $40 to fix a minor thing he found. I highly recommend that shop in Kamas, Kamas Tire Factory. 230 N Main St, Kamas, UT 84036
After that was over it was time to move on, I took Interstate 80 all the way across the top of Nevada to Winnemucca where I turned north and headed towards Oregon on 95. About 30 miles north I turned West on State Route 140 and took it all the way into Lakeview, Oregon. As you probably know Eastern Oregon is all desert and most of it is not very pretty. But this was a very dramatic and spectacular drive so I enjoyed it a lot. I was in a hurry so I never stopped and took any pictures, but there were numerous times I was tempted to. That’s how I judge how good a drive is, by how often I’m tempted I to stop and take pictures.
When I got into Lakeview, Oregon I needed to find a place to camp for the night so I got out my maps and studied them and found lots of Forest Roads in the National Forest surrounding the town. I needed internet because I had not had it for the last two days so I looked for roads that went up on the side of the mountains overlooking town. After that research I drove out and found a Forest Road that dropped over the ridge line and looked straight down at town. It was a beautiful Camp high on the mountain with very good Verizon 4G signal, so I spent one night there
The next day it was time to meet Carolyn in Klamath Falls at the Walmart. So I headed out and met her at noon. It was wonderful to see her again!! It had only been three weeks, but it seemed like forever! We stopped for lunch and looked for a campsite. She’s a big fan of the website Campendium.com and so she got on it and found a great campsite with Verizon nearby. Since we both work from home, internet service is critical for both of us and this one had a very good signal. The name of the campsite is Four Mile Flat Quarry. Find it here: https://www.campendium.com/four-mile-flat-quarry
So we headed there and found it to be everything Campendium had said it would be. We loved that it was on a beautiful lake but it was pretty far from town. Fortunately we had just stocked up so we thought we would be fine there for at least a week or even two. We’d have to go into own for supplies at least that often because she is in a Class C RV and needs to dump and get water every two weeks.
When we got there, it only had a few people around the lake so we thought it was no big deal. But every day as we got closer to the weekend more and more people came, until finally on Friday every site around the lake was full and most people were spending the night. On Saturday the population exploded and there were people everywhere–and I do mean literally everywhere!! There were so few campsites with so few people that people would come right into our campsite and use our shore to sunbathe and jump into the lake. Not only were all those people annoying, but they made a huge amount of noise and left huge filthy messes everywhere they went. In my whole time boondocking, these were the most disgustingly dirty people I had ever seen! Because we both treasure nature and our privacy we soon came to hate this campsite!
Carolyn and I are both walkers so every morning and evening we had gone for a walk. That meant we knew all the roads around the area. While we walked we started searching for a new and better campsite to get away from those people. We found one we both thought would be great but we had to go through a dry creek bed full of rocks to get to it. I was certain my van could make it and was hopeful it would keep most other people out. So Sunday morning after our campsite was inundated with people we knew we had to move.
The next morning we broke camp and moved so we didn’t have to endure the crowds another day. But we had over-estimated her RV’s ability to go off-roading. She immediately got stuck in the dry creek bed full of rocks. It was dry but her rear overhang was so long it dragged and she lost traction in the sand at the bottom of the creek-bed. Fortunately, getting her out was easy, I just snatched her out with a snatch strap. We kept going into our campsite and set up a beautiful camp and stayed there for about 2 weeks. We had great internet and lots of privacy so we both really enjoyed it. I shot a video of getting her out, you can see it here:
This is what I carry to get me unstuck:
- A 2-Pack of Shackles: http://amzn.to/2dx6s2n
- Two of these Snatch Straps: http://amzn.to/2dzA7EH
- A pair of Emergency Traction Pads: http://amzn.to/2dD9bmW
- This 12 Volt Compressor to air my tires up after airing them down: http://amzn.to/2d7IY0N
My sister is now living in Medford Oregon which is about another 30 miles down State Route 140 towards the coast. Since we were so close, we went over and visited with her several times. It was great to see her again and we made plans for our Thanksgiving family reunion.
We were having a great time but then it turned hot with the temperatures in the mid-90s–that’s the upper limit of what I can handle! We both worked hard to stay cool, I put out my Reflectix and window shade which helped, but Carolyn has a generator and an air conditioner so we spent quite a few afternoons in her rig enjoying the man-made cool!
Our camp was very close to Crater Lake National Park, so while we were there we took a visit up to it. I’ll tell you all about that in my next post.