Hornbrook, California: The route back to
Portland has run into all sorts of snags. Our usual overnight camping spots in
Canyonville and Eugene are full. No room at the inn. We neglected to notice we
were entering a three-day holiday weekend. (How many times have your read this
statement on this website? We really must buy a calendar.) Before
hitting the interstate north this morning, I phoned Seven Feathers RV Park in
Canyonville, Oregon. The massive campground said they were full. We knew we
could dry-camp in their parking lot, so left Corning with a lot of water in our
tanks, ready for a night of "roughing it". As we neared the Oregon border, the
weather turned nasty, so we called the
Blue Heron RV Park
and made a right turn just before entering Oregon - escaping just in time to
miss the nasty weather.
Maybe my favorite photo of our bus ever
This park is off the beaten path. Seven miles off I-5 on a
narrow, bumpy road. When you arrive, you are rewarded with a campsite with
no cell service and spotty wifi... but this is your view:
The beautiful and roaring Klamath River!
We have stayed here several times before (November
29th of 2011, and
last fall with Kathy, Woody, Mary and Steve on our way to a football
game). This place has a few great dogs protecting the property and even a
few roaming horses.
It really doesn't get better than this. Just lovely. Around
six o'clock the sun came out and we enjoyed a fun evening getting to know
our neighbors Leslie and Kirk (and their dog, Stella) from Ventura.
There is a lot of wildlife along the river, including a
visiting flock of seagulls. The ocean birds were far inland today, dining on
tasty critters of some-sort along the river shore. Dave decided to further
investigate, so he walked towards the river...
Only to find a three-foot hazard creeping around.
As quickly as this
Gopher Snake (probably juvenile as it was barely three feet long, and an
adult is usually plus-four feet long) slithered out of a hole, s/he crawled
into another hole ten feet later. The snakes (Pituophis catenifer)
are non-venomous. The Gopher Snake is a smart reptile. They look like a
rattle snake and they know they look like a rattle snake, so they have
learned to shake their tail (no rattles!) and mimic a ready-to-strike rattle
snake in order to scare away predators or simply to look more bad-ass.
Gopher snakes eat (guess what?) gophers, rats, mice, voles and squirrels,
and - if they can get close enough to them - frogs in ponds/lakes/rivers.
Gopher snakes are a very important part of the ecosystem and are not an
endangered species. Let's keep it that way.
After that exciting wildlife experience, it was cocktail time. It had been
months since we had experience weather cold enough to warrant a Manhattan.
What a beautiful setting!
Dinner was a hodge-podge ending in some version of Tortilla Soup. Shredded
chicken from a
Cardenas bird. Stock made from boiling said bird bones with aromatics +
cilantro, frozen until needed tonight. I sauteed onion, garlic, green
pepper, jalapeno pepper and added a little salsa, spices, sliced olives,
frozen corn kernels, fresh lime juice to the thawed stock and shredded chicken. Garnished with
fresh cilantro, crushed tortilla strips and served with an avocado salad - yummy!
Mucho Mucho Leftovers.
After dinner, more wildlife viewing with the neighbors.
Ducks and a huge heron
As we finish our evening, we are unsure of our path tomorrow. All our usual
stops are filled with three-day-weekend travelers. Check back tomorrow to
see what happens. I know I will.
Until my next update, I remain, your avian correspondent.
RV PARK: Blue
Heron RV Park - Great campground, but a bit in the middle of nowhere.
Beautiful property, right on the Klamath River. Quiet and peaceful. Popular
during the fishing season. River front sites with full hookups. 50 amp.
Bathhouse. Laundry. On-site restaurant/store/bar. No cell service. Spotty wifi.
We paid $53.
This photo is from October 2014
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