Casino Camping in Florence, OR

Paused in Florence for a few days before hitting Coos Bay. We like this town so decided to hang out here based out of Three Rivers Casino parking lot. When we went inside to check-in with security, they asked if we wanted to sign up for the casino players club. Sure, why not. They gave us each $10 free play to get us started. It didn’t take us too long to loose it all! Such noobs!

While in the area I decided to grab the kayak and get all the new caches on Cleawox Lake and on the Siltcoos River Canoe Trail.

Cleawox Lake Caches

Cleawox Lake Caches

Siltcoos River Canoe Trail

Siltcoos River Canoe Trail

I missed the geocaching events for these two locations earlier in the year. Happy I could get back here and kayak and hunt caches!

Labor Day Weekend in Dufur

For the third time this summer, we trekked to my folks’ place in Dufur, OR after a stay in Central Oregon! Labor Day weekend is always a good one to stay put at home and that works great for my folks but our home is on wheels and we needed somewhere to stay soooooo……

It was a nice quiet and relaxing visit in sleepy little Dufur, Oregon.

Went for a drive one afternoon to see if we could find a multi geocache that Dad had to DNF a few years ago and never returned to look again.  Got it this time after having to expand our search radius somewhat.

Highway 44 Series: Overhill, Underhill (GC612C) by Capt. Jack, 1st Mate & Max

Now we have to move on to Coos Bay one last time this year before heading south so Patricia can prepare new photography product and restock inventory at Bandon’s Second Street Gallery.

Family Reunion – Paulina Lake, Central Oregon

Returning a third time this year to Central Oregon for a family campout at Paulina Lake in Newberry Caldera.

Parents, siblings, kids, grandkids, cousins galore!

Family Pano at Gordy's Truck Stop in LaPine

Family Pano at Gordy’s Truck Stop in LaPine

Didn’t get a lot of geocaching done but managed a few earthcaches and a handful of traditionals.

Caching Around the Caldera

Caching Around the Caldera

Oh, Deer! (GC1JD8Y) by tnt58
BC’s BPA Power Grid (GC30B13) by Kestrel Ridge
LITTLE D STOP& GO (GCYCA2) by dreuel
Fuzz Ball (GC3ERJD) by kowgrl59
Paulina Creek Falls EarthCache (GCQ36T) by Volcanoguy
Twisted (GC1PXW0) by TNT58
Fallen Giant (GC60YGZ) by tnt58
F.Y.I. (GCXK4K) by oldsmokey
Newberry Crater? or Caldera? Earthcache (GC5VAE5) by Volcanoguy
Lava Cast Forest EarthCache (GCPW9X) by Volcanoguy
Big Obsidian Flow EarthCache (GCQ36N) by Volcanoguy
UNCLE JR. & MAX CACHE (GC2B0X8) by UNCLE JR. , & MAX CODAY
Short Logs (GC5AMTF) by Sea Flyer
Off End (GC5AMT2) by Sea Flyer

Paulina Falls and our East Lake Campsite

Paulina Falls and our East Lake Campsite

Apparently I didn’t get many pics of the campout either! Cold and rainy weather kept most of us in our cabins or RV’s much of the time.

Granddaughter Kyla came out from Bend to hang out with us for a few days. She braved the weather in a tent!

Kyla got bored with just kayaking......

Kyla got bored with just kayaking……

One really interesting place we checked out was the Lava Cast Forest just north of the caldera. Nice interpretive trail here. Strange hollow “casts” left after lava flowed through a forest!

Hollow Cast

Hollow Cast

After the campout, we moved over to East Lake (3 miles away) for an extension of our time here. We were joined after a couple of days by my cousin and his wife. They brought kayaks so the four of us went kayaking one day.

Kayak/Geocache Event and Campout

The 2015 Flotilla

The 2015 Flotilla

Six years running, the South Coast Geocachers of Oregon have been host to a fun event of kayaking, geocaching, hiking, food and camp fun.

This one had a strange feel for me since I wasn’t around to help set out all the new caches. We pulled into the campground just like any other out-of-towner. Yep, felt a little weird. That is, until I saw all my old caching pals! Then it felt like old times!

What will 2016 bring?