Welcome back to Grand Adventure! I'm yourhost Marc Guido, and in this episode we're going to travel all across Oregonfrom one end of the state to the other, so stick around! Now while we prepare our rig for anupcoming 4, 000-mile road trip, we're going to spend this week bringing you backto Oregon.
Oregon is an incredibly diverse state, and we're going to sharewith you adventures that you can enjoy from endto end.
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So without any further ado, let's get started!Oregon is an incredibly diverse state for outdoor travelers, with topographiesranging from lush damp coastal forests to a spine of dormant volcanoes, and evendeserts.
A desert may not be the first thing that comes to mind when most folksthink of Oregon, but the High Desert occupies most of the eastern half totwo-thirds of the state, with the exception of the Wallowa and BlueMountain ranges in the state's far northeastern corner.
Campers will appreciate the broad swathsof BLM land across the High Desert of Eastern Oregon's Columbia Plateau.
Towns, and even roads can be few and far between out here, and it can be manymiles between gas pumps.
One noteworthy stop is at Painted Hills, one of thethree units of the John Day Fossil Beds National Monument named for the colorfullayers of its hills corresponding to various geological eras when the areawas an ancient river floodplain.
The Cascade Mountains that form a north/south-oriented spine through Central Oregon are the demarcation line between themoist, cool air flowing in off the Pacific Ocean, and the arid heat of theeastern High Desert.
The landscape changes completely in the span of only afew miles, as colors change quickly from brown to green, as sagebrush transitionsto ponderosa pines.
At the base of the eastern slopes of theCascades, along the banks of the Deschutes River sits the charming townof Bend, a rapidly growing town with an estimated 100, 000 residentsthat's nevertheless the largest city in Central Oregon.
Founded as aturn-of-the-century logging town, Bend is now a gateway for many outdoor sportsincluding mountain biking, fishing, hiking, camping, rock climbing, whitewater rafting, skiing, paragliding and golf.
It's also home to many fine restaurantsand 23 craft breweries.
The Cascade Mountains stretching fromBritish Columbia to Northern California are appropriately named.
Partiallyvolcanic in origin, they're home to innumerable waterfalls, particularly inthe Mount Hood National Forest.
The Willamette Valley separates theCascades from the Oregon Coast Range, influenced by the mild maritime climateof the adjacent Pacific Ocean.
Here is perhaps the most beloved section ofOregon for travellers along the 362 miles of Pacific shoreline, from theCalifornia border to the Columbia River.
The Oregon Beach Bill of 1967 ensuresfree beach access for everyone, and results in incredibly underutilizedstretches of broad sandy beach in many areas along the US Route 101.
There arefew boondocking opportunities along the immediate coastline in Oregon, so if youwant waterfront camping you'll be in a campground.
There are unlimited placesfor dispersed camping a few miles inland within the National Forest.
Newport is a vibrant fishing villagealong the Central Coast.
It's also home to the National Oceanic and AtmosphericAdministration's base for research ships, the Rogue Brewery and Distillery, anexceptional marine aquarium, and the charming seaside neighborhood of NyeBeach.
It's also the spot along the Oregon coast to find fresh nativeseafood, sometimes right off the boat.
When in Newport, we stay at the massivecampground at South Beach State Park for its proximity to a pristine stretch ofsoft sandy beach.
If you've got the right gear don't missthe opportunity to camp at Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area.
This is achance to boondock among the largest expanse of coastal sand dunes in NorthAmerica.
Yes, we got our Tacoma up and over thedunes to camp out in a remote corner of the dunes, and we saw some folks who evengot their fifth wheels out there, although we're not really sure thatwe're ready to try it with our rig.
Boondocking sites are reservable.
Right at the mouth of the Columbia River, in Oregon's far northwestern corner sits Fort Stevens State Park, home to one ofthe nicest State Park campgrounds we've ever come across.
Full hookups areavailable at some sites, and it's a short walk or bike ride right to the beachwhere you'll find the wreck of the Peter Iredale.
So we hope that you've enjoyed this tripacross Oregon, and we hope that it inspires you to head to Oregon for yourown Grand Adventures.
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