Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Camping With My Dog- Part III

Crater Lake- Southern Oregon

The last camping spot I would like to show you this summer is Crater Lake in Southern Oregon. Crater Lake is a caldera lake formed from the collapsed volcano, Mount Mazama. This place is absolutely jaw-dropping in beauty. AND if you have two-legged children, there is a multitude of "education stations" a long the way to educate young minds (and old!) about volcanoes.

As for four-legged children, you may bring Fido to Crater Lake on a leash. There are a few hiking trails around the area that allow dogs, but you cannot see Crater lake from these trails. There is also a really nice campground, Joseph H. Stewart State Park.  It has running water, showers, a playground and fishing. It can get REALLY hot in this area, so I would keep an eye on temperatures and plan accordingly.

Crater Lake has a depth of 1.943 feet, making it the deepest lake in the United States and the 9th deepest in the world.

Mount Thielsen hangs in the background. It is an extinct Shield Volcano.

These next two photos are from a walk-through area that allows viewers to see the volcanic tubes and volcanic rock formations.

Pumice Desert. Everything was wiped out when Mount Mazama erupted 7,700 years ago.

This is the last of my summer camping slide-shows. If you missed the other two, you can see them here and here. Remember to send us your favorite pictures of you camping with your dog. We would love to hear about your favorite spots! Next week, I am hoping to make some human/ doggy ice cream that ALL family members will think tastes good. I'm always up for a challenge.

Monday, August 18, 2014

Camping With My Dog- Part II

Sunset Bay State Park- Coos Bay, Oregon

This beach is located about 2.5 miles out of the town of Charleston on Coos Bay in Oregon. Charleston is a fishing village that offers many opportunities for crabbing, clamming or fishing. The campground is beautiful, clean, handicap accessible and very family friendly. They offer a lot of classes for children and a "hands-on" educational center. There is also a HUGE park right next to the beach with picnic tables, horseshoe pits and sand volleyball. As with most campgrounds, four-legged family members must be kept on a leash. BUT in Oregon, most beaches welcome dogs to enjoy the sand with their two-legged family members. You can read here on guidelines and which trails allow dogs (There is a network of trails that connect Sunset Bay with nearby Shore Acres and Cape Arago State Parks.) 

An Evening Relaxing on the Beach

Easy Walk-Around

Yurts to Rent! One yurt is dog friendly. Other yurts are handicap accessible.

Interesting little tid-bit about Sunset Bay. My apologies for the blurry text.

If you missed last week, I wrote about Crescent City, CA and a photo contest.  Next week, I will be writing about our camping trip to Crater Lake

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Camping With My Dog - Contest!

Cresent City, CA

Last week I spent the entire week CAMPING! It was wonderful to get away and unplug for a bit. For the next three weeks, I will highlight the three campgrounds I vacationed at as well as some of the things to do around those areas. This week, I will show you the KOA in Crescent City, CA. Crescent City is in Northern California and nestled in the Red Wood Forest. The Campground is very family orientated. It has all-you-can eat pancake breakfasts for just under $4, cabins to rent if you are not into sleeping in a tent or don't have an RV, a game room for the kiddos , a dog park... plus a whole lot more. You can check it all out here.

Check out all their "I'm Awesome" awards.

This was our campsite. We already have our eyes on a couple different sites for next year. What I like the best about this place is that the trees are like a jungle gym! My kids found a hollowed out trunk and build a fort complete with fern beds. Redwoods are also known to have a natural bug repellant, so you won't find many pests around this area. 

They have all the pillows and blankets up there....

 One bummer was that you could not take your dogs on most of the State Forest trails. But again, the KOA had a dog park and lots of it's own trails for walking Fido... and you can take them on the beaches...

 My feet relaxing by the river. Lots of beautiful swimming holes that will warm you up. The forest can be a bit chilly. 

 More Swimming.

 This picture was taken at "Trees of Mystery" (which is pet-friendly!) 

We also stopped at CC's Diner for Ice cream

 And if you don't feel up to paying the California sales tax, you can always head 30 miles north to Brookings, OR. They have excellent clam chowder, a flea market, farmers market and thrift stores..

 Brookings, OR

 Lunch time, complete with outdoor seating for Fido.

Farmers Market by the port.

All the time unplugged gave me the inspiration to start a contest. Starting today and running until Sept. 8th, Bark City is having a photo contest! Send us via Private Message on Facebook your photo with the subject "Camping With My Dog". We will start a folder with all the submitted photos. The photo with the most likes wins:

A wood print signed by the artist. There will be about 10 of these wood prints at Bark City soon. All different colors/styles. The winner will get to choose their favorite. The rest will be for sale!