My family (mum, dad, boy of 13 and girl of 10) are planning a trip to Oregon next summer for approximately four weeks. In this time we would hope to be able to cover all areas of the state as well as perhaps venturing into Washington and Idaho.
Cost is the major issue for us (as with most people). Basically, unless we can keep costs down we can't consider going. Clearly, there is not a lot we can do about the flights but the idea of camping and cooking ourselves may really cut down the costs. We camp in the UK but camping in the US would be a new experience. As I see it, if we camp just to keep costs down but it becomes a chore (see our worries below) then it is pointless , alternatively, if the following things are not an issue then it could be a great adventure!
Possible issues with camping: (a) too wet, presumably unlikely; (b) too cold, presumably unlikely, but what about in the east at night? (c) too hot; (d) nasty creatures, e.g. spiders, scorpions, mosquitos etc. Any guidance on these points would be really helpful.
Cooking ourselves is one way of really slashing holiday costs; is it easy to find the basics such as milk & bread each morning in the East of Oregon or are most campsites far away from general stores. What sort of facilities would there be at an 'average ' site (preferably not RV sites)? Is there a website or directory anyone could recommend?
We would much prefer not to have to book campsites in advance as this gives us full freedom. Is this OK or are we likely to face full campsites?
If campsites are full is it possible to camp in the wilderness? We would only be considering this on rare occasions.
Not looking to entirely camp. Very likely that will need the odd night in a motel. For this we would look at budget options such as Motel 6. (a) What could we expect to pay a night for this? (b) Do you know of other reasonable budget chains or should we try independent motels? (c) Would we have to book these in advance or can we just turn up? (d) How easy is it to find hotels in the East of Oregon?
Sorry to bombard you with questions but this will be a very special trip for us and as you can tell we intend to do a lot of research first!