La Pine State Park
We will be in La Pine/Bend area for the month of June and half of July, staying in 5 different styles of camping: State Park, National Forest, County Park, Moochdocking and lastly at a Fairgrounds. For this post we'll be at the first two.
As we continued on the windy road I took this picture of my brother's rig in our mirror behind us.
More pretty barns.
Once we passed Crescent and headed north to La Pine the area opened up and reminded us of the upper desert rangelands of Wyoming and Montana that we love.
We did have a very nice site with plenty of room and privacy.
The food was actually very good, our waitress very nice and the prices descent. At the Forest Service we were given many maps and places to check out. I was very hopeful that with all the State Land and National Forest around here that we'd find something easily. What we noticed though was that most of the area was not accessible. There were plenty of logging roads criss crossing the area but they had large berms and no clear pull out areas to camp. We found this every where. Very strange. And frustrating. Even if we found a spot or two, the vegetation was very thick and it wouldn't have worked.
Me and my brother, Steve.
Perry and I have known each other since high school and while they have lived in different states over the years we have kept in touch at reunions and visits now that we are on the road. Another plus for this lifestyle is that it makes it easier to visit friends and family that live in other states.
Me and Kristin.
Their adorable and very smart dog, Crusoe.
Diane, Steve, Kristin, Crusoe, Perry & Steve
The sun was going down so we headed back and enjoyed the pretty landscaping along the way.
Beaver marks are everywhere. So many downed and chewed trees along the riverbank.
Bull Bend, which is a National Forest campground in the Deschutes Forest is amazing! Follow the directions on the website to get there. It's down a couple of very dusty, narrow dirt roads, but so worth it if you want privacy, spots right on the river AND 4/5 bars of strong Verizon LTE! This will most definitely be one of our top 3 favorites if not number 1 by the end of the year. Dry camping only, $14.
Us in site #4, one of the few not on the water.
The very nice folks in site #5 were moving out after our one day in site #6, so we just slowly moved the rig forward. We didn't even need to bring in the slides. That was a first. Our shortest travel distance, about 100 feet! This campground was almost empty the first week we were here.
Just a little festival but vey cute.
Next Up, More of this great spot!