We moved on to Chinook Winds Casino in Lincoln City, but you'll have to get to the end of the post to see the explanation of the title. There were about 30 rigs in their slanted parking lot, but we managed to find a fairly level spot before heading out for a hike.
I really wanted to see Drift Creek Falls that Gayle and Jim wrote about in their blog here. But, since it was already afternoon, the long drive to the trail head discouraged us. Instead we drove a few miles to the trail head for the Cascade Head Natural Area - a pretty hike through the woods with promised spectacular views at the end.
You would think I'd get tired of these woodsy hikes, but they're just so lush and vibrant green - a veritable feast for the eyes.
There was some elevation change, especially at the beginning.
Stopping to catch our breath, I noticed these affectionate trees. See how their roots are reaching out to each other?
I know I might be getting carried away.
Once out of the woods, the views were pretty spectacular, although they would have been better without the dreaded fog.
And the Salmon River.
Peaking over the edge at our turn-around point, after 1.7 miles.
With a partial view to the north.
Now for the meaning behind my post title. We returned to the rig and were just debating what to do for dinner - should be go into the casino? Since we don't gamble, we often patronize casino restaurants. We were interrupted by a security guard at the door. He explained that beginning June 8, RVs are no longer allowed to park overnight in the casino lot. BUT we are welcome to stay in their very expensive RV park across the road - $37 + 12.5% tax for a back in site and $43 + tax for a pull thru. So if you're planning on stopping overnight at Chinook Winds Casino, don't.
Since it was getting pretty late and we had already driven and hiked, we just moved about 7 miles up the road to a pull off in the national forest for the night. Hey! We've been thrown out of better places.