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Published: October 11th 2010
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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