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North America » United States » Oregon » Crater Lake September 5th 2018

Oregon. 2018. Garibaldi Day 4 Why does America have to have vehicles with the biggest, noisiest engines? Whether it is a modest sized car, pickup truck or lorry they have a V8 engine making the loudest roar ever, which makes a Subaru Impreza on heat seem like a whisper. The day started well with a short ride into Astoria along a cycleway into town alongside a disused railway by the coast. We then took Highway 101 south over the bridge from Astoria and were deafend to distraction. The occasions we were able to take a side road, like the one to Seaside,were a blessing. Here we saw the end of the Lewis and Clark Trail if 1806. By the time we had lunch at Canyon Beach the traffic was becoming lighter and it was a tad ... read more
Cycleway in Astoria.
Deborah the waffle queen.
Gearhart fire station.

North America » United States » Oregon » Crater Lake September 29th 2017

blog 09-29-17 Crater Lake Tour It was really cold this morning 37 degrees and the electric heater had to work overtime to keep it 65 inside. The dogs ran out and in very quickly and we bundled up to take them for walks after breakfast. Ginnie and I had to leave by 10 am to get to the Trolly stop by 11:30 so we layered our clothes, carried jackets and hats and headed out. We were 2 miles down the road when Ginnie spotted a bear in the road ahead. It was a small black bear and when he saw us he crawled under the guard rail and was gone in a flash. Ginnie got his picture, I was driving and had the wrong exposure for the first shot, the second all you can see are ... read more
Crater Lake from the Ridge Lodge, love the clouds
Wizard Island
Once a photographers studio, now a Junior Ranger program headquarters

North America » United States » Oregon » Crater Lake September 28th 2017

blog 09-28-17 Bend/Sundance, OR to Diamond Lake, OR The campground in Bend (27 miles south) was terrific and we were both sorry we were only staying one night. But it is definately on the list for the next visit, and yes there will be another visit. I want to stay in this area for at least 2 weeks the next time I come, lots to see and do. Heading south on 97 we found a grocery store that had most everything we needed and after shopping we continued on. Rt 138 took us west for longer than I thought but the scenery was gorgeous. Tall pine trees all along the road that I was begging for a break from to snap a picture of this mountain that was just to our right. I was so busy ... read more
our campsite
fall here too
the 3 mts again in the morning light

North America » United States » Oregon » Crater Lake July 18th 2017

Mileage 280.7 Today was a first for us. On our two previous trips we never stayed at a hotel for 2 nights, but Bend was centrally located and it worked for us. It felt great to get up and not to have to pack up and take the suitcases with us. Last night’s hotel night was my Chase Marriott credit card free night and tonight’s is points. Yes, we like the free nights. We got up and ate breakfast then packed our day packs and hit the road early. We tried to stop at the lava cave on the way out but it wasn’t opened yet, so we headed on to Crater Lake. I was back seat so that I could finish up the pictures to the blog and get it posted. Then my job was ... read more
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North America » United States » Oregon » Crater Lake September 9th 2015

So after Vicks said in the last blog about how lucky we were with the weather, this seemed to upset the Gods that night and it properly peed it down. Absolute buckets. The tent stood up to it but we got very little sleep. We left Olympic NP very early (still raining) and headed down towards the coast of Oregon. I was pretty excited as we were going to stop in Astoria to see The Goonies house. We were running low on cash and decided to pull in at a drive through ATM in a pretty bleak looking place, called Aberdeen, only for our card not to work. It got worse too, we spent 50mins on hold to Halifax to get the card working only to get cut off. Anyway we decided we should sort it ... read more
Happy with saltwater taffy at Seaside
Cannon Beach
Oregon coast

North America » United States » Oregon » Crater Lake June 23rd 2015

...took us to Crater Lake National Park. This was the first time we used our America the Beautiful Pass. We just had to stop long enough to accept a park map and info guide from the ranger and we were off to the rim. Towing a 5th wheel behind us was at times a bit hairy on the twisty mountain road. We discovered that the parking lots at the viewpoints are not 5th wheel friendly. We found a large enough turn-out that we could park in across from The Watchman viewpoint. Oh my goodness...what a beautiful lake. The shade of blue is stunning. The turquoise of the shallows along the shore, amazing. Our next stop along the West Rim was Rim Village where they have actual RV parking (maybe 8 stalls, many of which were occupied ... read more
Crater Lake center
Crater Lake right
Crater Lake from Rim Village

North America » United States » Oregon » Crater Lake August 21st 2014

Head south to see the Rogue River Gorge. It was a very relaxing and enjoyable walk along the river. Our next stop is The Natural Bridge trail. Another easy walk along the Rogue to see a bridge formed by a lava run later to become a natural lava rock tunnel that the water runs under for about 20 FT. Headed back to Crater Lake to complete the rim drive around the West Rim. If ever here be sure to watch the 22 minute movie at Steel Visitor Center. We searched for wildflowers on the Castle Crest Trail but as seen on photos we missed the blooming season. We stopped at a couple of overlooks on our way back to camp. After dinner we drove back to Crater Lake for star gazing. By 10:00 PM nothing breathtaking ... read more
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North America » United States » Oregon » Crater Lake August 19th 2014

Drove into Umpqua National Forest. Our campground host put us onto this extremely scenic drive with many easily accessible water falls.... read more
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North America » United States » Oregon » Crater Lake August 19th 2014

Today we visit Crater Lake National Park and again on a tip from our campground host we take the East Rim Drive.... read more
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North America » United States » Oregon » Crater Lake August 19th 2014

This is a travel day to Diamond Lake, Or. located on the north end of Crater Lake. It was a rainy and foggy day. We will be staying at Diamond Lake RV Park. No TV, cell service, or internet. Guess we will watch DVD's and plan the next days sightseeing.... read more
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