Our first night camping went fairly well. The campground was basically empty, as it was the day after Labor Day. We packed up after breakfast in the morning to head west to the coast.
The first thing we did was stop at the first town (Veneta) where we had decent cell service so we could get some things done that we had intended to do the night before — but we had no connectivity at the camp. Then we headed out over the hills to the coast.
The drive was easy, beautiful, and largely uneventful. We listened to another Radiolab podcast to pass the time. We were so distracted by this that we missed the turn for the quick charger at the casino in Florence, and had to turn around to go back for it. While we were charging we were approached by a couple of folks who had questions about it.
We weren’t able to check in to the campground until 4pm, so we grabbed some lunch and headed to Sandland Adventures, which offers tours of the sand dunes here. They were already booked for their last tour of the day (1:45) but lucky for us, someone cancelled a few minutes before it was to head out, so we got to go on it.
I have to say it was extremely enjoyable! They have two options, a high-speed joy ride or a slower-speed sightseeing tour. Our was the sightseeing variety. It was definitely worth the $15/person to do it! We thought we might even do it again. It was a full hour tour of all sorts of different types of terrain in the dunes, along with great explanations from the tour guide/driver, Doug.
After that we went up to check out a beach on the north side of town. It was exactly like the beach I remember from San Diego, with lots of sand and big waves, except not as many people zooming all over! I never realized all of this was so close to home.
Finally 4pm rolled around and we were able to check in to our campsite. This campground is bigger than the one last night, and a lot busier, but it’s far from packed. Probably less than 50% of the campsites are occupied, and most of them are tents. We again have 50 amp service at our site so the car can charge up; again, though, the breaker panel gets warm so we’ll do it a bit at a time.
We don’t need much charge for tomorrow anyway — we’re just going to stick around the Florence area and check out a few things (we’re not sure what yet!). We’re camping in the same spot again tomorrow night. It’ll be nice not to have to take down and set up everything for one night. Hopefully we can find some fun things to do!