RV Adventures: A Trip Out West! Day 21

Friday, June 25, 2021

Dave went fishing first thing this morning. He caught a couple of bass and also broke his reel when he lost his balance in the mud along the river! He had hoped to fish this evening but not now!

Late morning we spent outside enjoying the beautiful scenery, listening to the flow of the river and reading our books or “resting our eyes”!

Reading???

This afternoon we drove over to Drain to go to their grocery store because the store in Elkton is very small and Drain has a local grocery that is a little bigger. Drain is a historic northwest timber town and was first settled in 1847. John Drain was the first mayor.

While in Drain we visited Pass Creek Bridge. It was first built in 1876 and the current bridge replaced the original bridge in 1925. Pass Creek Bridge first carried stagecoaches over Pass Creek. The bridge was moved in 1987 and 1988 to a city park and was used as a pedestrian crossing. It was closed in 2014 when it became unsafe for pedestrians.

Not far from the bridge was a Drain covered wagon that was reconstructed to celebrate Oregon’s 100th year of statehood in 1959. It was to repeat the journey that brought pioneers to the Pacific Northwest. The wagon tried to follow the original Oregon trail from Independence, Missouri to Independence, Oregon and passed through six states (Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska, Wyoming, Idaho, and Oregon).

Drain Covered Wagon

This evening we relaxed because tomorrow we leave Elkton, Oregon and our friends! It was so good to spend five days with them!

“Travel is better with friends!”

Our last sunset at Elkton RV Park and the Umpqua River.

Last sunset over the Umpqua river

RV Adventures: A Trip Out West! Day 17

Monday, June 21, 2021

Today we are driving to Elkton, Oregon. It’s about three hours, RV drive time, from Salem. As we got closer to the small town of Drain we noticed quite a few log trucks heading each direction. There are a lot of logging companies around.

On our drive to Elkton, we went through the Elk Creek Tunnel Forest State Park which is over Oregon route 38. It was built in 1932 and its length is a little over 1000 feet in length. We drove through the town of Elkton to get to our campground site. Elkton is a small town that overlooks the Umpqua river and has a little over 200 residents.

The Elkton RV Park is where we will be meeting our friends that we met on our New Zealand/Australia trip in 2020 just before the COVID- 19 lockdown! Our campsite was set up by noon. We fixed some lunch and waited for our friends to arrive!

A few hours later Peggy and Ernie arrived in their Class C RV and car. We helped them set up and then we enjoyed the sounds of the river and catching up with each other. Of course, due to the COVID-19 pandemic we each hadn’t done much!

Across from us we saw this Class A RV with this display which gave us a chuckle!

LOL!

Our first sunset along the Umpqua River! This river flows into the Pacific Ocean.

One can’t help but relax and enjoy the beauty of nature when you are by a river.