Mikk was there waiting when I arrived on the property after a beautiful drive from Portland. He got me oriented and set up the toilet tent while I got my car. I was able to drive right up to the camp spot which is nice b/c I bring the kitchen sink. The view was striking. I got there about an hour before sunset so the beauty just grew and grew. Then when I thought the show was over, the stars came out! Just a perfect site to watch the sunset and stargazing. Next meteor shower, I am going to be here.
There's a compost toilet in a tent, garbage drop and I'm sure Mikk would have let me fill up water had I needed it. It's up on the ridge so it was a little windy; luckily I brought a jacket. I had a great night and plan to be back.
Bender Estate was in a beautiful area near Corbett, OR, 5 minutes away from Dodge Park on the Sandy River (there was closer access, but it was a little more tricky). The camp site was spacious, flat and in a nice glade of trees. There was a nice pathway to the site from the road. Parking is not real close to the site, but Robert allowed us to park on the side of the road near the trail to make unpacking easier. The campsite had a couple amenities like a platform for the camp stove, and a tent with a compostable toilet (not glamorous, but handy in the middle of the night). Robert and his partner were very welcoming and even delivered some water jugs in the evening. The only drawbacks were a dirt road that ran just 20 feet or so away from the camp; not a busy road but occasional traffic. Also, there were a couple of vacant tents pitched at the campsite when we arrived for extra gear and such. We didn't need them so they just kind of made the site look less pristine than it actually was. Overall, neat site with nice hosts a lot of potential.
Cedar Arms was wonderful. Tom is a first rate camp host and made sure we had everything we needed. He also gave us the lay of the land and was able to recommend some great activities in the immediate area. It's literally down the street from the Olympic National Forest! Will definitely be back!