Back in April Laura and I found out Leigh and Brian (and Curtis) were going to be in Oregon as they made their way up the Coast. I can’t remember which one of them had the idea first, but someone mentioned all of us getting together for a weekend mini rally at Stub Stewart State Park and within minutes we made it happen!

Stub Stewart seemed like a good place, and it had availability for the three of us, plus Lisa, George, the girls and their 70s MoHo, so it was decided.

The park is located in Buxton, Oregon about 35 miles northwest of Portland. We took I5 down to 30 West and then to 47 South, which seemed very similar to traveling on the PCH — super windy, super narrow and usually a cliff on one side. And one gas station in Veronia…don’t forget to fill up there! For the trip back, we just took 26 South to Portland and went back up I5 — seemed a lot less stressful. Oh, and I was driving, so the less stress, the better.

The whole park itself is beautiful — there are 3 loops (two for camping, one for camping with horses) and overall the spots are huge. You could fit two RVs in the one we had. And there are no shortages of trails in the park, however, see Holli’s Point of View listed in the sign? There’s no view.

But the trails are beautiful  — some paved, some really muddy, but all well kept and lush.

We stayed in spot #76  which was along the edge of the park. It had direct access to a few trails and a fantastic view:

But the real reason we came was to hang out with the gang, and it was so incredibly fun. Between Deke’s Bloody Mary Bar and various wine tasting adventures,

an Audubon Society lecture on Birds of Prey where they actually BROUGHT the birds (that’s Leigh taking a picture of the falcon),

and a super fun treat — photos by Laura

it really was a fantastic weekend that ended much too soon. Laura captured a lot of fun images here.

On the way home, we stopped at Paradise Point State Park, 25 miles north of Portland, right off of I5 just to have a snack and check it out.

Its a great place to stretch your legs, but because its so close to the highway, I wouldn’t want to stay in the camping spots. Plus the beach is RIGHT under the highway. But we ate and walked Lucy and went on our way!