Loved the Historic Anchor Inn! Such a fun place with nice owners and it even included a real breakfast for the $89 a night rate. Our server was super nice and even brought in peaches from her tree at home to included in our breakfast.
After breakfast and a lazy start we were on the road to Cape Blano Oregon. We chose Cape Blanco based on advice from some fellow Westfalia owners on TheSamba.com a website forum dedicated classic Volkswagens. Since Cape Blanco is a first come first serve campsite we decided to head straight there and try and snag a spot. We did make a quick stop in Newport Oregon at Rogue brewing, unfortunately there’s nothing exciting to report.
Blah blah blah beautiful scenery blah blah Oregon is amazing. Since picking up Archer and Connie this was the longest drive day so far, arriving in Cape Blanco in about 5 hours.
We managed to get a good spot across from the entrance to one of the Cape Blanco walking trails. We set up the Westfalia and got started on dinner. I think I have mentioned the Primus Firehole a few times but haven’t mentioned the MSR Flex-4 System cook set, it’s been awesome and saves a lot of room in the VW camper. We used them both and cooked up some tasty vittles before a camp fire and bed.
Another shameless product plug is the Phil and Ted’s Lobster seat that archer is sitting in (below) attached to a picnic table. This thing is super solid and fits every table we tried it on not to mention it packs down flat taking up little space in the Westfalia camper van. It’s a must for traveling parents with a baby or toddler on a road trip.
As mentioned yesterday we ran into some problems with the Westfalia late in the day, it started making a disturbing creaking noise when going over bumps. We stayed at a hotel to regroup and get some internet access to find a shop. Luckly we found Axel’s Auto Service on Road Haus (Link) who opened at 8:30 am. With a call to them in the morning they said they would try and squeeze us in to assess the situation. So far we’re having good karma.
Well once on the highway things seemed to be OK as long as we stayed off the bumps. After a tense 40 minute drive we pulled into Axel’s and met Axel sitting at the counter. I’m starting to learn people in the VW business have unique personalities and Axel was no different, in a good way. Turns out we had lost a bolt in the sway arm that was causing the noise. Luckily they had a scrapped front end sitting around back and they scavenged the parts needed off of it instead of having to wait the weekend for a part to come in, Karma! We were back on the road within an hour and everything seems back to normal. They did mention my brakes seemed to need servicing but they couldn’t fit it in, that’s reassuring for the coastal drive ahead.
Since we were unsure of how long we would be in Kamloops we didn’t really make any plans but since we got back on the road so quickly (10am) we decided to head towards Hope BC and see how far we got.
Hope appeared sooner than we thought and we learned at the tourist information center that Rambo was filmed there, how awesome is that?
The nice folks at the tourist info centre recommended Sasquatch Provincial Park which was 30 minutes south. It’s one of those places that just when you think you’re lost and gone too far it’s right there. The park operates on a partial reservation system which means some sites are first come first serve and did we ever luck out. When the ranger came around and chatted with us he said of the 100+ sites we had scored the best one, Karma! Our spot was lakefront with a beautiful view out our bedroom window. Check my review of Sasquatch Provincial Park here.
After setting up our gear and converting the Westfalia for sleep we broke out the Primus camp stove and cooked up a Quinoa and Veggies recipe that Connie had found online. I was skeptical at first but it turned out to be very tasty and simple to make. We went for a walk along the water and let Archer play for a bit on the new playground that was close by. Bed time comes quickly when you’ve had a long day.
We decided to spend a little bit extra on a quality camp store since it would be the primary piece of our kitchen for our 5 week Westfalia road trip. Based on reviews and a solid reputation we chose the Primus Fire Hole 200 camp stove.
First impressions weren’t great since we had to return the first one due to a QC defect with welding of the grill. More to come as we use this along the way.