Oregon’s Four Corners Caravan

May 6 through 17, 2019
Start: Rover’s RV Park, Waldport, OR
End: Four Seasons RV Resort, Gold Beach, OR
Caravan size: 20
Rally fee: $400
Hosts: Bruce and Joanne Sorte, 541-231-6566

Caravan has concluded.

Oregon’s Four Corners Caravan – SW Coast 2019

Here we go with our second year of the Four Corners Caravan. Last May we wandered NE Oregon and next May we are headed for the southern Oregon coast with a diversion into Northern California. The participants in last year’s caravan felt 20 rigs was about the right size group so that is our plan this year as well. They also requested more than two days at a couple of stops. We will continue with four places yet extend two of those stops to three days. That means we will be out an additional two days for a total of ten. The caravan will follow the format of Wally Byam’s 1950’s caravans with potlucks and maybe one all-caravan no host restaurant meal. We will again need several volunteers to pitch in to fill the various roles and bring things we need to make our travels safe and comfortable. This year we will switch those roles half way through the caravan, so we do not burden anyone with responsibilities for a single task for the whole caravan.

We will also have a number of programs or presentations. Each evening we will have what Wally called “side-walk cafes” or gatherings for refreshments. For travel days we will have a brief meeting the night before we depart. The longest travel day will be 175 miles.

The SW corner is more expensive than the NE. The total for just the sites is $420 per trailer and we need about $10 per trailer for supplies for a total of $430. The cost per trailer last year was $360 and we were able to include two meals (Hermiston and Heppner) and a museum admission at Baker City.

However, since we went to Emigrant Springs State Park rather than Wildhorse Casino last year, we had just over $30 left per trailer when the accounting was finalized. The Board has agreed that we can use those dollars to avoid a large increase in cost this year. So, we have been able to increase the number of days by two with only a $40 increase in cost to $400 per trailer. Yet the meals and other costs will be on your own.

Route and Schedule

This second year on the Oregon Coast, while we cannot predict the weather the accommodations will be a little more relaxed with only the first campground having limited hookups for eight of the twenty sites. The rest of the campgrounds have at least 30 amp full hookups. Here is the plan so far:

5/6 and 5/7/2019 Assemble in Waldport, Oregon at Rover’s RV Park
Spend two nights with a presentation by the Director of the Marine Mammals program at the Hatfield Marine Science Center. Dr. Bruce Mate was one of the early innovators in tagging and following whales. An example of his work was using the travel data from the tags to get shipping lanes moved and significantly reduce the collisions of ships and Right Whales off the East Coast. He has recently worked with Oregon DMV to offer a new license plate with a grey whale and her calf.

Twelve sites here are full hookup and eight have water and electricity.

5/8-10/2019 Remote, Oregon at Remote Out Post RV Park
Two of our members have vouched for this being a very nice park that is still close enough to the coast for lots of exploring. Annette Shelton-Tiderman southwestern Oregon regional economist in the Research Division of the Oregon Employment has agreed to drive out and present an overview of the south coast economy. It would also be great if one or more of our folks could provide a discussion on cooking on the “road.” We will have a potluck and all the sites will have full hookups.

5/11-13/2019 Klamath, California at Klamath River RV Park
We have most of the park reserved and hope the recent weather has not been too wet thereby allowing us to park in the grassy area along the river with full hookups. This will be an excellent base camp for exploring the Redwoods. I am trying to arrange presentations to discuss the salmon and irrigation issues of the Klamath Basin.
We will do a “round table” discussing participants modifications to their Airstreams followed by an open house tour of Airstreams by those who are willing. One of the nights we will have another potluck.

5/14-16/2019 Gold Beach, Oregon at Four Seasons RV Resort
This is another small park on the river – Rogue. Depending on water levels the jet boats will dock at the park or very close for those people who want to take a ride up the river. It would be interesting to develop a combined presentation by two or three participants to describe how they are modifying their equipment and travels, so they can continue to Airstream for many years ahead.

We will conclude the caravan the morning of May 17th and provide ideas for each participant for sightseeing and camping on their way home or to their next adventure.

Background of Volunteer Leaders

Many of you are familiar with our backgrounds yet I thought this information should be included once again. We, Joanne and Bruce, were both born and raised in Oregon and have been camping around the state together for 48 years. After many years of tent and canoe camping, for the last 16 years we have traveled in a T@B, Tada, and three Airstreams (27’,24’,22’).

Together and individually we have lead informal and formal trips and tours over the years. We both served on the faculty at Oregon State University for most of our professional careers. Joanne directed the OSU Child Development Center. For the last 14 years of Bruce’s career, he worked as an Extension Service Economist responsible for the counties in Oregon east of the Cascades and taught economics often beaming his classes into campus from remote locations. Bruce lived during the week in a 1968 renovated Airstream Tradewind and returned home to Corvallis on weekends.

Joanne and Bruce have recently retired and spend four months a year on the road in our 22’ Sport. With lots of help from folks on the trip, we organized a caravan last May to NE Oregon and after the SW Caravan we are planning one in 2020 to SE Oregon and one in 2021 to NW Oregon. Bruce recently completed the online training to be a national caravan leader. We are anticipating a great caravan and looking forward to seeing many of this year’s participants once again and introducing some new folks to wandering in a caravan.

Bruce and Joanne Sorte
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