I think everyone has “hidden” abilities that can’t be explained. It’s curious, but fascinating and I’m always interested in the weird and wonderful ways the mind works. Me? I have a nose for trail-discovery. This should not, under any circumstance, be confused with having a sense of direction. In fact my sense of direction is so notoriously bad that I lost my way walking around the campground yesterday (no, I’m not kidding) and I still (after shall we say an undisclosed number of decades of life) can’t tell the difference between right-left or east-west. I know it’s rather pitiful, but ask me to find a trail and you won’t be disappointed. No matter where we go, even in places with no apparent hiking, my messed-up directional-beam is somehow able to suss out a place to roam. And the trails are usually pretty darn nice too…
Take our stay here at Tugman State Park. Upon arrival I was duly informed by the camp host that there are no hiking trails in the area. A quick glance at the campground map seemed to confirm the same thing. But my nose…oh that precious ski-slope-shaped appendage on my frontage…told me differently. That same afternoon I “discovered” a lovely hiking trail going 3 miles around the lake (right from the campground), and the very next day we landed the gorgeous John Dellenback trail only ~1 mile from the campground (it’s gotta be one of the top 5 hikes on the Oregon coast IMHO). The host was really friendly but clearly he didn’t know nothin’ about hiking and in my experience that’s a common theme. Most campground campers never explore for trails, and in fact if you go 1/2 mile on just about any trail anywhere in the country you’re often all by yourself.
But I digress..
My precious olfactory organ also has a knack for finding good weather and camping spots. After what (so the locals tell me) was a very wet spring it seems we’ve landed ourselves on the OR coast right at the beginning of a most beautiful summer break.
Now my weather-snout is not infallable, and our experience from last year tells me we’re gonna get plenty of weather “moods” over the next few months, but I’m optimistic that we’ve hit a near-perfect time to be here. And our campsite ? I humbly deem it to be (once again) the nicest in the campground. We have a sitting area large enough for a small chipping green (by far the largest in the whole loop) and plenty spacious space for the rig. Campsite sniffing-out-luck strikes yet again!
All this to say that I may not be able to tell you how we got there, but I sure can tell you where to go. I guess it’s a good thing that I’m an RV blogger and not a wilderness guide, eh?
So what do YOU have a knack for?