Today Bridget, Spike and I enjoy being tourists, each in our own way.
Strolling around Florence, Oregon, Bridget is the object of much attention. “Oh, isn’t she cute!” Spike makes friends with many canine tourists. Florence is a dog-friendly place. Some restaurants encourage dogs and their owners to dine on their decks overlooking the river. As for me, I get to see my first seal! Oh, I’ve seen them in zoos, but that doesn’t count.
Scenes in and around Florence, Oregon
What a quaint looking town…………more four legged kids than two! Bridget’s looking quite comfortable.
At least the sun came out for you today! Did you eat any seafood?
Lots of people with dogs. I didn’t eat any seafood. I shouldn’t have eaten before we went there.
We do miss the fresh fish that’s available on the west coast. Dungenous crab right off the crab boats in Half Moon Bay. Copper River salmon….halibut, ahi etc. We have to drive to 85 miles to the Wegmans in Syracuse to get “real” fish. Pretty sad! When we go back to CA…all we do is eat!
Bridget really does look adorable in her stroller! It’s great that she’s adapted to it & doesn’t just jump right out of it. I can only imagine what Spike is thinking everytime he sees her in it……
Boy, did Bridget gather people around! Some people thought I was spoiling her and not Spike, so I explained about her bad leg. We were photographed a few times. Spike is Spike. He doesn’t think much… He acts!
Looks like you had a perfect day on the coast……….hope you have many more.
Thanks, Pat. It was another good day… and I did laundry, too!
Looks like one of the dogs was a Doogie Bowser DandieDinmont Terrier..even mustard colored!! Great pics, glad you got some sun, how was the seafood…halibut chowder, ummmmm. Flornce is a beautiful little town.
I like seafood, but I can’t stand fish and milk together… That is soooo wrong. This is your kind of town, Chuck. Lots of restaurants, outdoor cafes… and Geri would like all the art galleries, bead shops, antique stores, etc.
LOL! Darned right I’d love it there ! I can’t believe that you are lucky enough to find another beautiful campground! I hope Bridget knows I was just teasing her in my last post and I hope she gets well soon!
I don’t know why, but Bridget in that stroller just tickles me to no end.
She garnered a lot of smiles today!
We arrive in Florence about October 4th. In Idaho Falls right now. Seems like we are following you around. We missed an opportunity to meet you and the crew at Custer State Park. Someday we will get to meet you in person.
I do believe our paths will cross, Jim… It’s only a matter of time. I hope the smoke has cleared around Idaho Falls.
Me too, Bridget in the stroller makes me laugh. Love the picture of you three and the one of the stroller in front of the BLT. Where are you camped near this cute town?
I’m with you about the seals. You haven’t seen one unless you’ve seen them on their turf and free. Great pictures of them, they look so relaxed. That’s what I like to do in the gulf, just float away.
Sherry, We’re still at Sutton Campground (NFS). It’s very handy, just north of Florence, off 101.
Yes, Florence is a nice town and in particular Old Town Florence. My Aunt used to live there and tried to get me to move up there. My only problem is that it is very windy most of the time, with exception of the Old Town section. They’ve got a couple of great golf courses also.
Glad you went north so you could see Heceta. That Lighthouse is the most photographed spot on the entire Oregon coast.
Sutton campground looks nice. I’ve never been there as I always had my Aunt’s to camp at. She been gone a couple of years and I was by once since then and just stayed overnight at the Casino. I’m also an Elk and there is an Elks Campground just north of town but I like the looks of Sutton so I think I’ll try it next time I’m up that way
I enjoy your photos of the campgrounds you visit especially the ones in areas I’ve not been to. You should see my maps. I scriibble your info as well as info from others. Now I just need to get out and hit the road. It’ll not be until next spring though.
Hi, Joy… Sutton is nice, very shady, of course. The prettier section (Loop D) closed the day after Labor Day. I’m on Loop B and it’s fine… paved pads and road, flush toilets, electric, and water spigots on the road.
Ooh, you have to wait until next spring? I suspect it’s going to be a long winter for you.
Hi Sue, wonderful pics as usual. My sister in law has family up by Seaside. She once was here visiting and had lots of pictures of Seaside coast. Has had me wanting to see Oregon ever since! Some times of the year the whales come along the coast, maybe you will see another critter you haven’t seen before! Have fun!
I think the whales are best seen in spring or winter, but who knows? I saw two grizzly bears, each with two cubs… nothing would surprise me!
I saw one at Cape Perpetua a couple of weeks ago. Sue you should try the campground there, National Forest and 12.00 a day. Short walk to the beach and great tide pools. It is south of Newport. Really nice, but not a lot of sunshine at some of the spaces. If you go, check out the spaces at the very end of the road. They get more sun.
The second day here I drove through some campgrounds south of here… all dark and shady. That’s Oregon! Thanks for the tip. I’ll look into it.
If nothing else you should explore Cape Perpetua. Great paved trails for Bridget’s stroller. Nice old growth and beautiful cliff views. Also the spouts of the south trail. A nice days drive from Sutton. Florence has been our weekend winter get away from home for the last ten years. Wish we were there visiting with you.
My friend, I am so very happy and proud for you…the Pacific Ocean…you go girl! To God be the glory.
Hi Betty! Wow! It’s a long way from Georgia . . . Wish you were here!
Ah, literally strolling around Old Town. I like it!
As for fish and milk, maybe not, but fish and cream! Now everything is good with cream, and of course butter!
Almost everything is good with cream…except . . . Two things I can’t bear to have mixed with dairy… fish and rabbit. A friend served me rabbit stew (chunks of meat swimming in white, yuck!) and I had to turn it down.
Oh what a lovely day you had it appears!! And how cute the photos of your doggies!! SO CUTE!! I bet they ate up all the attention people no doubt gave them. They are cute anyway!! Thanks for sharing!!
It was dog heaven in the Old Town yesterday… dogs everywhere, dog-lovers cooing at all the cute canines. Yeah, the crew is into attention.
I saw a Casita pull into the campground and just had to ask if they ever heard of RVSue and canine crew. Found out they are one of your faithful readers.
Isn’t that funny! What gives me a kick is … I’m reading someone’s blog and they mention me and the crew in their blog! The power of the internet . . . .
I loved your post, as always. This part of your trip reminds me of our delightful trip down the Oregon coast last summer in our 13″ Scamp. We had a great afternoon in Florence, too. I think we ate at that place in your picture. We were on our way to the Fiberglass RV Rally in Bandon OR. We filled nearly the entire big campground (Bullards Beach) with little fiberglass rigs! It was great fun. We went back this year as well, but didn’t have as much time so made kind of a speed trip from Seattle, down and back. We’re still a ways from retiring, but reading your blog makes me want to get on the road right now! We’re actually going out for a 5 day trip on Friday, over to the Washington coast at Long Beach and will go over to Astoria probably. Next trip you should come to Washington!
I love the way my blog brings back good memories for people such as you, Laurie. I can tell you’re really enjoying your Scamp. Good for you!!
Beautiful photos! Following your blog is making me want to push harder to get on the road full time. 🙂 Bridget looks to be REALLY sapping it, but darn she so cute!! The “look” that Spike is giving her is just priceless! Bet you never thought that you’d have a stroller sitting in front of your BLT? Enjoy your time on the Pacific Coast!
I was thinking the same thing about the stroller when I took that photo of the BLT! About Spike . . . I’m beginning to suspect he wants a stroller, too… hence the long face.
Wonderful to see you made it to the left coast. we are in Nehalem bay up north of you headed south. Will be in South Beach State park near Newport for weekend. missed you last December in New Mexico. Maybe our paths will cross again. Hi to B & S.
I remember you, Kent… I still have your card . . . somewhere!
Will look for your Casita along the route.
Beautiful pics……….How is Bridget’s leg doing?
As I type this, Bridget is still under the covers trying to catch a few more zzzzs, which is difficult with Spike groaning and grumbling (his man-way of waking up). I think Bridget’s leg will heal but it’s going to take time.
Love the seal photos! Spike doesn’t look very happy with Bridget!
Maybe Spike was jealous of all the attention Bridget was getting. Who knows what goes through that head of his!
Sue, you might go 11 miles north to the ‘Sea Lion Caves’ if you have an interest in seals/sea lions. Pups can’t go, you take a 200′ elevator down to a very large cave. I believe it costs around $12 and is worth it. RV/Trailer parking is on the right (northbound) immediately as you get there and be careful, it’s RIGHT on the highway. Have fun! They have a parking lot attendant and it’s usually quite cool so Bridget and Spike will be fine.
Hey, Dave! I drove past the caves, way too foggy, people everywhere though. Now that I’ve seen the seal in the harbor and looked at the surround-picture on the internet, I feel like I’ve been there aleady. I don’t know, sometimes the internet gives too much.
Nice to hear from you.
Wonderful pics! Bridget looks cute in her stroller – in her “princess” mode.
Glad you like the photos. What makes Bridget look cute in that stroller is the way she fits in it perfectly, like it was meant for her… and then there’s the princess look.
OK – gotta love poor Bridgett in the stroller, made me laugh – she looks to me like she has this plan working for her. We had a dog that pulled his muscle, took a while to heal, but he had no trouble walking, just couldn’t go up stairs or jump. I know you have been giving her baby aspirin some to help, just be careful – aspirin is a great anti-inflamatory which aids in healing and also reduces pain, but it is a blood thinner and can irritate the stomach lining (ulcers,etc.)- I was always told to give bufferred aspirin to help reduce stomach problems, especially to small dogs and to use it carefully.
As far as the Sea Lions Cave – there is a store you can go to and pay, I think it is $10 to go in to the cave and see all the sea lions – but I would look at them from the coast, and there are many places along the coast where you can pull in and see them. The cave is really interesting – but the way I could best describe it when I was there – it was a fog of STINK – and I mean ferocious, eyes watering… in other words not pleasant odor – we were there in April a couple years ago – not sure it is always that bad, but my pictures turned out with a haze – which I am sure was from the stink… just saying. Have a great trip. Looks magnificient. – also so happy for Rusty and Timber.
I only gave her one baby aspirn (buffered). I’m always easy on medicating. The cure can be worse than the cause.
I’m going to pass on the seal caves. There’s so much to do and see… I saw my seal and it was free! It was nice to sit on the bench on the boardwalk with my own, private seal ballet.
Beautiful pictures…thank you for sharing!
The photos on your blog are beautiful, too, Lynne. Hello to all the egg friends you are making! Keep cool!
To offset the stares of Bridgett in the stroller, you could put a sign on the stroller that says, “SHE’S NOT SPOILED – SHE HAS A BAD LEG”
Or how about “I SHOULDA LISTENED TO CESAR.”
Bridget could have a torn ligament. Look up ACL for dogs for the symptoms. My dog jumped off the bed and it snapped on her. She couldn’t walk after that and needed to have surgery.
I looked it up. It said it mostly happens with large breeds and young dogs. The pain increases and decreases, depending upon activity. None of this fits, although it still could be ACL.
My dog was about the size of Bridget. By the way, I thoroughly enjoy reading your blog and your travels. There is a very nice state campground just north of Bandon. South of Bandon, take the road that travels along the coast for a few miles. Sunset Bay is also nice to visit and has a campground right across from it. Staying there gets you a free pass to the beautiful gardens down the road. Safe travels.
Your picture of the dog in the stroller reminded me of my sister’s antics with our various dogs. She would dress them up in doll clothes then put them in a stroller or a buggy and walk uptown with them. (Lived in a very small town) and the people loved it! The dogs would stay in that buggy/stroller all the way up to the drugstore/penny candy store and home. A distance of 2 1/2 blocks up and 2 1/2 blocks back. She has never been without a dog in her life. Thanks for the memories.