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September 29th 2010
Published: October 11th 2010
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After hearing horror stories about driving down the coast in a big rig, we decided to head through central Oregon south to California. We camped at Cascade Meadows RPI because Bend Thousand Trails has no sewers and our new motorcoach is a primadona with a restrictive electric toilet that shuts itself off after 2 days. This campground was fine since my broken foot restricts me from pickleball anyway. The night before pulling out we had a hail storm which painted a beautiful sunset with the Three Sisters Mountains in the background.

Next we camped at Diamond Lake RV park 12 miles from Crater Lake. We did an "auto-tour" of Crater Lake, which is considered the cleanest large body of water in the world. It rests in a caldera formed 7,700 years ago when a 12,000-foot-tall volcano collapsed following a major eruption. I'm not sure who was around 7,700 years ago to record this event but the local American Indian tribes have passed on their own
conceptions which add to the mystique of the area. One overlook was at "Phantom Ship." Although it resembles a small pirate ship, the island is as tall as a 16-story building and made of erosion-resistant 400,000 year-old rock.

While camping in this forrested area we had no TV, telephone or internet service. So while Crater Lake was born from an event of violence and fury, we found our visit a quiet and peaceful event. Next destination, Soledad Canyon Thousand Trails in the San Gabriel Mountains.

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29th September 2010

Hi Karen...first can I send you a birthday card at you PO box that I have? 2nd you sent me too much $$ for Football...the total for the whole year and the 4 extra games is $105..so $15 will be coming your way...I think I will wait until YOU WIN to send anything back, if that is OK with you...... Hope all is well...were you both are look very pretty...work is well work...enough said. and I am getting really tired of going there.... love to you both and please be safe...ps how is you foot? Bernie
30th September 2010

Your trip sounds wonderful. Great photos. How did you break your leg? yikes. We're still at Snowflower. We were going to go back to Verde Valley, but its still too hot. Have a wonderful trip. Ed and Sandra
30th September 2010

The Life
Looks beautiful and enchanting.
6th October 2010

Heading For Your Winter Den?
Hello Country Cousins, Thanks for your update. You stayed cool this summer in Oregon while I roasted. Good for you. Sue was very comfortable with Ohio's twenty 90+ degree days this summer. But the temperature tables turned quickly. The last three weeks have been cool, rainy and typical Ohio fall weather. You remember what that is all about. Karen, how is your foot healing? Tom, have you voted early and often? Hey, you could vote in every state as you drive to California. Do you plan on spending this winter in Palm Springs? We hope you are well and happy. Give Princess a hug from Baxter. Love, D&S
14th October 2010

We did the coast from california to oregon and I wish you would have too. We did 101 all the way from San Francisco to Seaside. No problem. It was absolutely beautiful. We did not go through the middle so you may have had wonderful scenery also. Maybe you can try it again sometime. And, Alan said to tell Tom there were no fake construction zones.

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