I’ve been asked why I have spent so much time in Oregon after I started fulltime RVing in 2001. Besides the fact that it is an incredibly beautiful state with tons of stuff to see, as often happens in life, things happen to change even best-laid plans. But I’ve never complained about any of the times I’ve been blessed to be in this glorious state!
The first period was in 2002-2003 when I was still taking temp legal assistant jobs to support my travel habit. Those pages were done on my first website (Malia’s RV a/k/a Inspiration’s Journey). I had only intended to be there during the summer, but once I started seeing pictures from folks who were just getting back from Alaska, I knew I just had to go there. So I ended up staying in the Portland area through the winter of 2002 before heading to Alaska in 2003.
An unforeseen series of events led me back to Oregon in 2004-2005, and those pages are mostly on the new site I started after that, Malia’s Miles.
Even now, I’ve often said that if I had to give up RVing, I would settle in Southern Oregon, probably somewhere in Grants Pass area since that seemed to have the best weather. I absolutely loved Portland and the Columbia River Gorge area, but the dreary weather through the winter made me decide I wouldn’t do that again.
Whether I ever settle here or not, I plan to get back here for many more visits while I’m still RVing because I know for sure I still have not seen enough of it!
Note: I’ve tried to make this site as easy to navigate as possible, so links to places I explored are divided by section in the left hand column. Since some of these pages were done in the old html format before I switched over to WordPress, those pages will open in a separate window until I get them all reformatted. And older pages were still done on my website journal when I first started RVing in 2001, so that’s why pages are from two separate websites.
Map above from Oregon State Parks Guide (2017-18)
Links to More Oregon Info:
Oregon (Go Northwest) – Extensive info on adventures in Oregon with maps and breakdown by areas: Cascade Mountains, Central, Coast, Columbia River, Northeast, Portland Area, Southern and Willamette Valley
Travel Oregon.com – Oregon is just a place with a bunch of mountains and lakes and trees and beaches and those kinds of things. That said, we do want you to visit. Really, we do. But please, don’t all come at once.
SouthernOregon.com – Southwest Oregon is known for its mild climate and 4 distinctive seasons. The Rogue Valley is known as “pear country,” and you can see trees from the old orchards around town. There are several local award winning wineries & vineyards. We cover Ashland, Medford, Grants Pass, Jacksonville, Phoenix, Talent, Rogue River, Rogue Valley up to Canyonville and Roseburg and all of Southern Oregon.
Rogue River Valley – Southern Oregon is divided into three main river basins; the Umpqua River, the Rogue River, and the Klamath Basin. All three rivers have their headwaters in the Cascade Mountains on the slopes of Crater Lake. The Rogue River is a designated National Scenic River, and formed much of the backdrop for the Meryl Streep movie “The River Wild.” Jet boat trips and white water rafting are popular.
Historic Rogue River Loop – Info on local area attractions and activities along the famous Rogue River Loop Area.
Oregon Hot Springs – Every hot springs in Oregon is listed here, complete with statewide map, individual hot springs maps, map quads and GPS coordinates. Some hot springs listings have descriptions, directions, access information, pictures and video.
Oregon State Parks – Always my favorite places to stay! There are 197 State Parks, Recreation Areas, Historic Sites and so much more to keep you occupied during your stay.
Oregon State Parks Guide (2017-18) – 52 page pdf with detailed info and great maps.
Oregon National Parks – Info on the incomparable Crater Lake and other national historical parks and trails.
Jackson County Parks – Located in the southern area around Ashland and Medford. Includes Emigrant Lake, Howard Prairie, Willow Lake, Rogue Elk and more.
Oregon CGs and RV Parks – Private park listings by area.
RV Park Hunter – search by state area.
Oregon RV Park Reviews – See what other campers say about both public and private RV parks and campgrounds.