A Taste of Elkdom

The Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks (BPOE), often known as the Elks Lodge or simply The Elks, is an American fraternal order founded by Charles Vivian and friends in 1868.  It was originally started as a social club designed to elude New York City laws governing the opening hours of public taverns. The social club was the Jolly Corks! There is so much more to being an Elk than socializing. Arguably, it is the people that make the difference! And so our amazing tale begins. Continue reading

Ah, Sweet Home!

Sweet Home is just that, a sweet little town which covers less than 6 square miles. But it is 6 square miles of beauty! Tree covered mountainsides are split by canyons of rushing rivers.  Douglas-fir, the state tree of Oregon, is the most predominate but cedar, white pine and ponderosa pine make the scenery burst with more shades of green than your giant box of crayons. Ferns, and the ever famous rhododendrons, create a ground cover under the trees. But there is more to Sweet Home than the trees! Continue reading

Tillamook: Capes and Cows

The cheeses of Tillamook have been known to us for years and years. It is the natural wonders, the breathtaking coastlines and the funky hidden gems that we were yet to discover. “Tillamook” is a Native American word for “Land of Many Waters.” And it’s true! There are 5 rivers, 5 bays, and the Pacific Ocean. Now we know, there is more to Tillamook than cheese and ice cream! Although, it was so good, that could have been enough too! Let’s share! Continue reading

Great Outdoors of Florence

Florence, Oregon holds so many happy childhood memories for me! I have been talking about it for years, telling David “We have to go there! You will love it!” And so we have and it is as wonderful as I remembered. Seeing places my parents took us to and a few that we did not see. The magic starts with where we are camping, in the forest, at the Elks RV Park! Who knew? Continue reading

The Great Sundial Bridge

Finally we have a fantastic place to ride our bikes! The bikes have seen plenty of countryside but from the backside of the RV. Now we are going to put our backsides on the seats and hit the Sacramento River Trail in Redding, CA. It just so happens to be conveniently located out the back gates of the Redding Elks Lodge where we are staying. Across the sprawling back lawn and through the gate of the Elks Lodge is the 12.25 mile Sacramento River Trail. Jump on and bike the trail with us! Continue reading