June 25 - July 1, 2016
After leaving Beale AFB and traveling for four weeks, we finally arrived at Camp Rilea Military Recreation Area for a six day stay. We stayed at several private RV Parks during our travels in California and along the Oregon coastline. The rocky Oregon coastline is absolutely beautiful and a shutterbug’s paradise. Walking on the beaches at low-tide is a priceless and rewarding experience. Traveling west on California Highway 299 and then north on US-101 is some-what challenging but the scenery is well-worth the effort. We found a lot of fun things to do along our route. Checking-in at Camp Rilea was very simple: the gentleman at the gate was really friendly and explained exactly where we had to go to check-in at the Billeting Office; he told us where to park our rig for the check-in process thus avoiding a turn-around problem in the parking lot.; the active duty soldier at the Billeting Office was also very friendly; we were given an envelope with a map of the Post and a key to the site electrical pedestal. Experiencing such a friendly welcome set a good tone for our visit. All the sites in the RV Park are back-ins, some are on an asphalt paved surface and others on grass. There is plenty of room to maneuver while backing into the site. The length of the sites can easily accommodate the largest RV’s along with tow/towed vehicles. The width of the site is about twenty-two feet which seems to shrink considerably when you have slide outs on both sides and your neighbors also have slide outs. Previous reviews have mentioned that the RV Park is a parking lot and that appears to be true. We did not come here with different expectations. We just wanted a safe, quiet place to stay while we took day-trips to local attractions and enjoy our “do nothing” days which means going for walks and just hanging out at the RV Park. The Post is small, quiet, and well-maintained. We did get an unadvertised Kodak moment; we watched five elk grazing on the hillside next to the RV Park. There are major retailers about two miles north on US-101. If you travel south on US-101 about eight miles you will be in a little town named Seaside. What you see of Seaside while on US-101 is not a very good representation of what the town has to offer. You will need to go west on Broadway to downtown and the beach. Seaside is a pretty neat place to visit with or without little munchkins tagging along.
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