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by The Muellers
August 23, 2005
Cannon Beach just north of the campground is also a nice place to relax, and has amazing views of Haystack Rock. A little further north is the popular summer destination of Seaside -- with all types of activities from
Go-Karts to balloon rides and golf.Best Things About the Resort:This campground has a wonderfully developed marina with fishing, crabbing, and boat rentals.Resort Experience:Once you're in the campground -- which has a low side down at the marina on one side of the highway, and the upper side by a beautiful clubhouse/pool on the other--you feel like you're off the beaten path at a fishing village. This is what the Pacific Northwest should be.
There's a beautiful view of the waterfront from the marina side, and excellent docks for fishing or crabbing. We happened to meet one of the regular campers (a fellow Navy man who had worked up at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, where my ship is homeported), and was informed that elk frequently cross the bay in this region, and that he'd often watch them from the marina.
Although we were there off-season, the seasonal campers staying there informed us that the fishing and crabbing is excellent, and there are major crab boils virtually every night during crabbing season. A built-in crab pot is ready for just that and is right off the docks down by the waterfront.
As we took this trip over New Year's (which happens to be my birthday), we had planned to have a very slow weekend--possibly even all to ourselves. We didn't expect the hospitality of the owners, who were having a New Year's Day salmon barbecue and invited us to join. While not having as much time in the service as me, the owner also served in the Navy, but I don't think his hospitality was a coincidence.
We intend to return in the summer months so that we can enjoy some of the seafood pulled from these waters and use the swimming pool and recreation center on the upper side of the resort.
From journal Cheese, Trees, and Ocean Breeze
Rodeo, New Mexico
August 16, 2005
ARA memberships can sell for between $1500-2000 or more, but we stayed here for $8 a night, thanks to our Resort Parks International (RPI) membership, with whom ARA is affiliated. RPI sites are restricted to middle level on the bay side of the highway. (The resort straddles Highway 101.) This was just fine with us. Though the hookups were set up for backing in, most of the motor homes pulled in for the view and made do with longer cords and hoses.
Two swimming pools are up the hill across the highway. The climb is a bit steep if you’re not in shape, but parking is available for driving over. A building next to the pools contains showers, a kitchen, and rooms for special events. Just beyond in a woodsy area of spruce and cedar, more RV spaces and rental units. The kids’ pool, though attractive-looking, was unheated and unused. Both adults and kids were using the overheated adults’ pool, which felt more like a hot tub, far from refreshing. Perhaps management was trying to atone for the non-working Jacuzzi, beautifully covered with a knotty pine gazebo, but itself cracked and empty of water. Blame the waterlogged, shifting Oregon coastal soils. The manager told us they were working on getting it fixed…
A big white barn-like building near the entrance holds laundromat, soda machine, recreation room with ping pong and pool tables, and half a basketball court where kids can shoot hoops. You can buy bait, tackle, and some groceries at the waterfront country store. The adjacent clubhouse, with continuous bayside picture windows, serves weekend breakfasts, and has an exchange library and puzzles for those so inclined. Though not actually gated, the security kiosk is manned 24 hours, and all visitors are required to stop for a pass.
From journal Tillamook to Nehalem, Oregon Coast