Oregon’s Silver Falls State Park is located about 45 miles northeast of Salem. The park is enormous with beautiful hiking trails, including the Trail of Ten Falls. The most visited waterfall is the South Falls, which you can hike behind.
A lot of the main trails are off limits to pets, but there are over 35 miles of backcountry trails that you can take your furbabies on.
There is plenty of interpretive displays along the main trails, with history on the area and the park.
There is also a beautiful lodge that has a cafe and WiFi.
We will be visiting Silver Falls State Park again as there was too much to see in one trip…and we were too lazy to hike the Trail of Ten Falls this time and I am disappointed with us.
Detroit Lake State Park is another 50 miles east of Silver Falls. The lake is huge and is a very popular place in the spring and summer. Plenty of lake for watersports and fishing.
The small town of Detroit is nearby and is the self-proclaimed “motor boat city.” The “motor boat city” has a few small markets, and a few small restaurants and bars. There is also a dog park, which is a small 6’ x 8’ area with a broken fence, but the dogs were happy taking a tinkle there.
We found the only WiFi in the town at The Cedars Restaurant and Lounge. We ate buffalo chips, and lounged so much in the lounge that we were still lounging the next day until about noon.
What I have discovered over the past week and a half is that fall along Highway 22 is quite brief, as this would have been the drive just a few days later.
Okay everyone, Milo here! I need to make this quick while our peoples are napping. Our peoples said it was okay to write dog blogs, but only when they were with us. They’re napping right now, but I couldn’t wait to tell you about this little park just for dogs!
Okay, so you know, the place we come from, I mean before we started traveling everywheres, well that place doesn’t like dogs so much. I mean there are lots of dogs and lots of peoples who like dogs, but they have no place for dogs to hang out. No dog park. It is sad.
So, okay, people who like dogs didn’t like that (and neither did us dogs either). So, this dog named Gracie (she’s even on TV!) got her peoples to build her one! Okay, so her peoples have a business that gets humans to come and buy cars for us dogs to ride in, and Gracie got them to build their own little place for dogs… and any dog can come play and it is called Gracie Land! Rusty and I love going there. There aren’t very many dogs, but that is okay… maybe they just don’t know about the place yet.
Oh! So maybe they’ll know now because I’m telling you all about it! It is not very big, but it is big enough, and there is a table for me to lay on while my peoples sit at the bench! There’s a big bucket I can dunk my whole face in for water, and they just reseeded the grass so it’s all grey and fluffy!
Okay, for the humans, I heard our peoples talking about something called “Ko-fee”… they have it everyday, and there is a little shop inside the building where the nice new cars are (which would be nice to ride in) that you can get yourself a Ko-fee.
Okay, for my first Dog Park Review – I wish there was more toys and more dogs – I thought about giving it two paws – but it is super cool that those peoples, who didn’t need to do this, did it just for us anyway. Okay, because they did, I am going to give it 3 out of 4 paws!
My mom person just woke up from her nap and said to tell you all that they are back on the road and will be posting all regular (like poop?) soon!!
A few weeks ago Milo and I (I’m Rusty!) stole Mom’s computer so we could write a dog blog. It was awesome! I had so much fun that I decided to keep doing it as often as I can get away with it!
I figured that you don’t all want to read about what other dog’s butts smell like, or about my running tally of bees that I’ve eaten (it’s such a rush, man!), so I have decided to write about the dog parks we go to. Milo and I love going to the park, it’s awesome! We get to run around without our leashes and pee on anything that we want! It’s crazy fun!
So here is my first Dog Park Review
Happy Tails Dog Park – Roseburg, Oregon East Drive, 80233 Roseburg, United States Facebook
This park was pretty big. There was plenty of room to run around and get other dogs to chase you. Lots of trees to hang out in the shade or pee on. It was awesome.
There were three fire hydrants! Three of them! It was awesome.
They also have a swimming pool! It was awesome!
We met two other dogs while we were there. One of them had to wear a face blanket. It was weird!
So, for my first Dog Park Review I give this park 2 out of 4 Awesome Paws!
We headed inland after leaving our exciting ghost hunting experience at Fort Stevens State Park. We drove over Highway 26 toward Forest Grove, OR. There was a three-vehicle accident along the way, and instead of just sitting on the road to wait for the wreckage to clear, we pulled into Camp 18. Camp 18 is a restaurant and logging museum in Elsie, OR. There are lots of shaded picnic tables, a small creek flows beside it, and there is a ton of logging artifacts and history. It was a great little unexpected stop!
Due to some appointments we needed to be near Portland, OR for a few days. We had reserved a spot at LL ‘Stub’ Stewart State Park (we don’t normally reserve spots, as we are a more of fly-by-the-seat-of-your-pants kind of RVers). The park is really nice with lots of tall trees, miles of hiking trails, and wildflowers. There were high temperatures while we were there, so the first few days were spent hiding in the shade, but we did get to explore a little bit.
There is a fenced off-leash area for the dogs to run, which is always a plus for us!
The nearby town of Forest Grove has the world’s tallest barber pole, so we had to go check that out!
After our time at LL “Stub” Stewart, we headed over I-84 to check out the Colombia River Gorge – up next!
I took over my mom’s computer today and I’m going to write a blog like she does! Milo is here collaborating with me, but he doesn’t know how to type.
We just want all you other travelers out there that if you don’t already have a dog in your RV – you need to go get one! We LOVE to travel!
We get to smell everything.
We get to pee on everything
It is so much fun and you would have so much fun too if you added a dog to your family!
All you have to do is go visit a Dog Jail and find a new family member. Don’t worry!!! Dog Jail doesn’t actually keep bad dogs – they’re all good dogs just waiting for people to love! You can also check out all the good dogs at www.petfinder.com!
Thanks for reading and make sure to share pictures of your dogs with us – and we’ll make sure to wag our tails at you when we see you on the road!
Just some descriptive words that come to mind in the California Redwoods.
We just visited the northern parts of the Redwoods, near Jedediah Smith National and State Parks. We spent a few days exploring the forests, rivers, and parks.
Our favorite part of the visit was Trees of Mystery. Trees of Mystery allows you to bring your four-legged friends in with you! So, Rusty and Milo got to go play tourists with us and even got to ride a gondola up the SkyTrail. Trees of Mystery is gorgeous and worth the ticket price!
Most full time RVers are of a retired age. And for some reason retirement and little yippy dogs go hand-in-leash. We aren’t in the age of retirement, but we still travel with our dogs…who are most certainly not little yippy dogs.
Rusty, a beautiful rust-colored retriever and chow mix, is 10 years old. He does not let his age get to him as he is the roamer. If anyone was meant to be a nomad along with us, it’s him. We have to keep him on leash most of the time as he is really a roamer. He loves me with all his heart and will spend a fair amount of time just staring at me. He often winks at me, and I wink back so he knows that I am on the same page with him.
Milo, a dark yellow lab, is 8 years old. He is a rescue that had been abandoned when his owner went to jail. Milo was stuck in a backyard with no water or food for awhile. He has not forgotten this. Food is his happy place. Hot dogs? Yes! Hamburgers? Yay! Dog Food? Yep, yep! Canned dog food? Heck yea! Vegetables? Meh….how about a biscuit instead!
Rusty and Milo are still learning this traveling thing…as are we. They do the actual traveling part in the back of the truck, under a canopy. They have a small mobile apartment back there with food and water available, and a mattress to nap on. They each have an open side window on the canopy to sniff the world as it goes by. It’s a hard life we have thrust upon them.
They are good boys – most of the time. They can be pretty invasive when it comes to meeting new dogs. There is no social bubble that means a dog turd to them. They can also be pretty invasive when it comes to meeting new people. They have no qualms about a decent butt sniff. Luckily they don’t hump new people…just each other on occasion.
Our Best Advice for Traveling with Dogs
Carry poop bags where ever you go!
Always have extra water for your dogs!
Time your stops to try to keep them on their eating and walking schedules. At least as close as possible.
Don’t stress if they don’t eat while traveling. They will end up eating when they are hungry and their stomach settles from all the miles of sniffing.
Be watchful of the areas you are walking them. Cactus is not a friend to their paws.
When you arrive somewhere new, try to walk them around as soon as possible so that they can get familiar with where their home is parked this time.
If your dogs have other family members that are not traveling with you, take something of theirs with you. We brought a blanket from my kids’ house and they sleep on it every night.
Traveling is exciting. We humans can get wrapped up in all the new and cool things to see. Make sure you take time just for them. Find a local dog park, take a long walk at their pace letting them sniff the world.
We came back to Coos County Oregon to visit for the holidays. Arrived in North Bend, OR on Thanksgiving day and leaving Bandon, OR on December 29th. It has been a very wet month.
Upon arrival, we headed to a local campground favorite, Tugman State Park. It was raining..a lot…for our stay there, but it was a nice familiar place to get some rest after our mad dash to get to Oregon for the Thanksgiving holiday.
After Tugman we stayed at Riley County Park, then up to Tenmile Lakes County Park. The rain slowed a little while there and we actually managed to have a campfire and roast some hot dogs. The bad side of the rain decreasing is that we got to experience our first potable water hose freezing during this time. Oops.
Towards the end of our month here we went to Bandon, OR. Other than visiting with the family, Bandon was the funnest part of our trip. The rainy days and sunny days were pretty equal and we managed to spend some time at a few of the beaches, visit the Coquille River Lighthouse, and Face Rock Creamery.
Bandon is an adorable little town. Old Town Bandon is a few blocks worth of souvenir shops, seafood restaurants, coffee shops and even (my favorite thing!) a bookstore. Old Town is next to the Bandon Docks where they have fresh seafood shops.
The Bandon City Park has a huge playground, ball fields, a dog park, and is walking distance to the library and the beach! For as small of a town as Bandon is, they do seem to do tourism correctly.
Face Rock Creamery is a small creamery right in the middle of town. Their cheese is absolutely amazing! If you go to visit make sure to try their In Your Face Fiery Red Pepper Cheese and their Vampire Slayer Garlic Cheese.
We have had an amazing time celebrating holidays with our kids, family, and friends. We are headed out tomorrow for the trip south through California to arrive at our workamping gig at Joshua Tree National Park. I am excited to get out of the rain for a few months, but saying goodbye to the family is always bittersweet.
Hi! Our peoples asked us to introduce ourselves. I thought, hey, good idea, but what if we introduce each other instead of ourselves.
So, let me tell you about Milo. Milo (they call him my brother, but I don’t remember seeing him during nursing times), can be a good pup, sometimes. I mean he can be rude, always knocking you out of the way to get to the treats first… so impatient. And he’s just a mess – you should see him drink, all the slobber, yuck! He’s fun though. He follows when I tell him too. He does get confused when the peoples are telling him to do something different, but he knows who’s really in charge around here. And I always win when we wrestle. If only I could teach him to hunt squirrels better, then maybe he would be a perfect brother.
Hey! I’m Milo. I guess I’m supposed to tell you about Rusty. Did you see Rusty? I mean wow, what a great brother. Well, sorta. He gets a little bossy but he always finds the best things to smell and places to run. He’s funny too (Don’t tell him I said this), especially the way stuff gets stuck to his tail when we run through the trees. He’s weird always hiding his bones from me too. He’s thinks I’m not smart enough to know, but I find ‘em. He gets mad when I make fun of him for being old (‘cause he is). I love him. Especially as a pillow in our new home. All that fuzzy hair, he’s so warm. I gots the best brother!
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