Thursday, March 23, 2017

Review - South Jetty Resort - Florence, OR - March 19 - April 4, 2017

We are here at this Thousand Trails park early in the season. It is located just off Highway 101, about a mile south of Florence. The park is very wooded and green. At this time of the year, pretty wet too. The park has 202 campsites, 40 are full hookup sites. It takes a bit to find a site that has good access to satellite TV.

The turn to the park on Highway 101.

A short distance to the park entrance.

The entrance and gate.

The welcome center and country store. You will check in here.

There are 5 camping areas. Some sewer sites are in A, C, and E. B is a tent section, and C was closed for repairs while we were here.

Section A, 30 sites, had the most occupancy while we were here.

Section B, 12 sites for tenters.

Several sites were closed due to water/mud.

Seation D, 23 sites, goes towards the adult lodge.

The adult lodge.

Section E, 98 sites, has some 30/50 amp sites, 30 only, and some sewer.

The activity center.

The pool.

Two hot tubs.

Our spot, number A20.

A pretty good park. We will be back to this one.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Shaking the Travel Plan Jello - South Jetty Resort - Florence, OR - March 21, 2017

You know how RVers and their travel plans and routes can change at the drop of a hat?  Well, we shook the Jello these last couple of days.

We left the Lake of the Springs Thousand Trails park and had planned on traveling to the Elks lodge in Redding, CA, a 124 mile move. Well, the drive went fast and the weather was nice and clear. The weathermen said a storm was going to hit that afternoon and so we made a quick change. We had never been to the Seven Feathers Casino in Canyonville, OR and heard it was nice. There was no rain yet and I really didn't want to travel over the Siskiyou Mountains in the rain... or snow! And hey! The Elks lodge would be $25.00 a night and the casino would be free.  Let's go for it.

The drive was not bad at all. A few sprinkles as we crested the pass. The mountains were beautiful. It started raining as we passed through Grants Pass. We arrived at the casino about 5 PM. We got situated in their parking lot and popped out a couple of our slides. It was a 355 mile day.

I checked out the casino a little. Not a bad looking place. But we just wanted to rest overnight and move on in the morning. It started raining pretty good all night.

About 8 in the morning, the rain stopped and the sun came out. So off we went.

Now the plan was to stop in Sutherlin at the Escapee park, Timber Valley. Was!!

This drive was just 38 miles. As we were approaching Sutherlin, I thought, if we go another 83 miles, we could stay at the Thousand Trails park, South Jetty. I pulled over and jumped on my computer. I changed our reservation and upped the arrival day by 2 days. Cool! Jello shook!

We stopped in Reedsport, on Highway 101, and gassed up at $2.54/gal. We got 6.9 mpg this last tank. Then headed on north to Florence and South Jetty Thousand Trails Resort.

So today we travelled 121 miles,  but we plan on staying here for a couple of weeks.

We had been here a couple of years ago. I will do another blog TT review soon of this place. We found a good FHU site. Pretty wooded, green, and wet.

Can't wait to go explore the beaches, and old town Florence. Donna's brother, Gene, moved here from Fort Mohave, AZ a few months ago. It will be good to visit him too!

Lots to do and see here.

The Fergs .... out!

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Lake of the Springs - Oregon House, CA - March 19, 2017

My last post, I did a review of this Thousand Trails park. On our web site,, I have a tab called 'Thousand Trail Parks Visited'. Of the 60 parks included in our membership, we have been to 43 of them. I have links to my blog entry while we were at each park. I decided to update the links to include a good review with lots of pictures. This is the first update I have done.

Our 4 days here has been really nice. Donna and I have walked the park, and played mini golf here. Fun, fun! Donna found a cool rock mountain.

She had to climb it.

We headed into Oroville and visited with Donna's youngest brother, Garry.

The next day, we went to see her older brother, Larry. While visiting Larry and Barb, Garry came over with his daughter, Camio. Then Barb's son, Raymond, came over with his daughter, Jamie, and her daughter, Harper. It was Jamie's birthday today. It was a great family get together.

We could see the Oroville Dam in the distance. It was still spilling water down the overflow. Since all the big news about the dam's possible breach, you can't get close to it. But I did get a picture of the Feather River showing how high and fast it is.

Tomorrow we continue northward.

The Fergs .... out!

Review - Lake of the Springs TT - Oregon House, CA - March 16-20, 2017

We were here in mid March and there was only 3 of the 7 camping sections open. In the summer, there are 507 power and water sites and 33 full hoohup sites, Section X, the only section that has sewer hookups was closed due to the recent flooding in the area. One of the 2 sewer dump stations was open. They are also doing several improvements and upgrades here. They are pulling new power cables in, leveling the sites and adding gravel, new power peds and water connections too. There was still plenty of choices to camp as there aren't very many people here.

Marysville is the closet major city, 12,600 people but all of your shopping needs. There is a small market just 5 miles down the road that has a small inventory.

The road from Marysville, on Highway 20 is a nice 2 lane road for 11 miles.

Then a left onto Marysville Road another 11 miles. It is also a pretty nice 2 lane road but lots of hills. The park is 1200 feet above the elevation of Marysville at 1,530 feet.

The road turns right at an intersection and continues another 2.8 miles. Still a good 2 lane road.

Then you lurn left on French Town Road. It is only 1.2 miles to the park, but the 2 lane road is much narrower and there is no shoulder. You don't want to drop a tire off into the right ditch.

The entrance here where you check in and get your gate code. Cell/Internet service works here too.

After checking in, there is a slight uphill drive by the storage yard and upper sewer dump station, towards the I Section, 64 sites. The I Section is high enough to get cell/internet service. Good spacing with vegetation between sites.

Then it's down, down, down.  The next section is the D Section. A pretty big section with 162 sites. Good spacing with vegetation between sites, 30 amp and water.

Further down you lose cell service and the trees get thicker. Many deer here. Just beyond the lower dump station, Section G, 124 sites, and H, 51 sites, on the left. Lots of trees and a little harder to find your TV sattelight in some spots.

The trail to the playgrounds, pool, lodge, lake.

There was a country store. It was only open 1 day of the week at this time of the year.

Section X, 33 sites, the only full hookup section, was closed for sewer repairs. It is a little hilly, with cabins and yurts too.

The pool was closed while we were there. It has a 9 foot deep section too.

Fishing/swimming area by their lake. Nice area.

Trails around the lake.

The boat house where you can fish off the dock or rent a variety of watercraft.

A great mini golf course.

The lodge, containing adult section, kids/game room, common area, and dining room. There is wifi here.

A couple more shots of the country store.

This is section A, 40 sites, just off the lodge/store parking lot. Closed while we were there, but has a lot of nice looking campsites in there.

Section B, 59 sites, was where we were parked. The site had a new 30 amp power ped, fresh gravel, and a new water spigot. Nice and secluded, and not far from the dumpsters and bath house. And lots of deer.

This is a good park. They are really doing a lot of maintenance and improvements. During the busy season, there are many activities.

We would be back here.