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North America » United States » Oregon » Crater Lake June 18th 2014

Looked like a pretty scenic and relaxing drive to Crater Lake, so we're gonna start with breakfast at Steamboat Inn. Took in a couple more hikes to waterfalls. Ruth saw something about a unique rock formation so we drove to find that. I have often commented I wish I would develop a relationship with a geologist, as I find the earth's formation fascinating and would love to travel with someone knowledgeable. In this case it looked like vertical columns of "crystallized" stone. We are seeing quite a variety of volcanic and plate tectonics in the various regions. It is particularly interesting to see evidence of rock layering on mountain tops that indicate at one time being at the bottom of a body of water. After posting one of the photos from our journey on Facebook, I ... read more
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North America » United States » Oregon » Crater Lake December 18th 2013

For the road trip up to this point please see "Great American Road Trip Part 1: Seattle to the Redwoods Highway 199 in northern California is named The Redwood Highway. It's incredibly scenic. The road winds around mountains covered in redwood groves as it snakes its way north to Oregon. It's quite early on Tuesday morning, the month of July coming to and end. I've chosen to get a head start on the day so I can get to Crater Lake National Park at a decent hour in the afternoon. As the highway cross the border and progresses into Oregon the terrain becomes more desert-like. There are still tall forests along the road but I can tell that the climate is drier up here. I don't really have any desire to stop anywhere on the way ... read more
Looking down on Crater Lake
The Haze
At the Lake Shore

North America » United States » Oregon » Crater Lake August 29th 2013

I think we mentioned before that we prefer not to travel the Interstate Highways, and instead try to find nice scenic routes along secondary roads. By traveling this way, it takes us longer to get to our destination, but we have some interesting experiences. Traveling this way also means that the Liberty Hot Spot we purchased from Roam Mobility in order to have WIFI anywhere along the way without exorbitant roaming charges, was not as helpful as expected. On main routes, we could connect to the internet while driving down the road. On side roads, not so much. The jury is out on its usefulness given our preferred travel routes. They don’t seem to have an agreement with AT&T, which has had cell service just about everywhere so far. Leaving Madras, Oregon we carried on through ... read more
Stream at Crater Lake Resort
Duck Family
Stream at Crater Lake Resort

North America » United States » Oregon » Crater Lake July 25th 2013

6000 miles and we haven't made to Seattle, must have made a wrong turn. Crater lake was awesome bright blue water since the only source is rain or snow melt. They get about 40 feet of snow a year ( yes 40 feet ) . We are headed to Bryan's today to visit for a week or 10days and take a brake from riding so stay tuned for ore updates.... read more
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North America » United States » Oregon » Crater Lake July 11th 2013

Today we continue our adventure in the interior of Oregon. We stopped at the fire jumper’s museum. These men would load themselves with about 150 pounds of gear, fly to the site of the fire high in the mountains, and parachute down in the middle of nowhere to put out the raging flames before they spread into a major forest fire…all this for $2/hour back in the 1960s. Currently, there are 40 active fire jumper bases in Canada, over 100 in the U.S. and 1,000 in Russia. Hopefully they get paid more than what they use to for doing this dangerous work! Our road followed the Umpqua River, a designated scenic highway. We came upon a spot where the Little River collided with the Umpqua River. Many years ago, an Indian village was located on this ... read more
Smoke Jumper Museum
Smoke Jumper Museum
Umpqua National Forest

North America » United States » Oregon » Crater Lake October 7th 2012

We enjoyed a hearty breakfast using odds & ends from our rented kitchen to re-create my mother's recipe for coffee cake (see below), and we delivered two large slices to Stephen and Judy just in time for their own breakfast. After hugs and expressions of much gratitude for their graciousness, we departed Eugene and its emerging fall colors for Crater Lake National Park. The gorgeous three-hour drive along a two-lane highway, was bordered on both sides by the towering, dark green conifers of the Waldo Lake Wilderness and the other by the Willamette National Forest. The drive into Crater Lake National Park from the north entrance was uninspiring, scrubby trees and infertile soil, the remnants of a volcanic eruption and lava flow nearly 8,000 years ago. But as we gradually ascended to 7,100 ft. elev. and ... read more
Stately historic lodge
Three Sisters & lake cliffs reflection
Watchman Fire Tower

North America » United States » Oregon » Crater Lake August 7th 2012

The night we stayed at La Pine, Oregon, it frosted over night. Walking around the campground in the morning was a treat. It had frosted heavily overnight, and the tummocky glass glittered with prisms, and crystals dropped from the swaying branches of the pines. After breakfast, we went back to the Lava River Cave, finishing our hike. The end of the cave grew increasingly low-ceilinged, so that to progress, we had to go to hands and knees. Even with that, we couldn't reach the end of the cave. A sign was up, prohibiting entry to the last portion. Returning through the chilly darkness to the sunlit world, we drove on down to Crater Lake National Park. A deer nearly ran into the road on the way there, surprising us terribly. The drive was beautiful, with crisp ... read more
Snowy Fields
Crater Lake
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North America » United States » Oregon » Crater Lake June 2nd 2012

Day 7 A Caldera of Awesomeness Today we woke to more rain and clouds – so no dune buggies. I think Shelby was more disappointed than Stephen. Weather reports promise partly cloudy skies with lots of sunshine so we head out to Crater Lake. We take the scenic highway - of course trying to see as much as we can. Scenic highways are really curvy highways. They are slow highways and they are yawn a thousand times highways. They are the longer highways. They are the twist and turn highways. They are the up and down highways. But by the end they are truly the exceptional vista highways. Today’s scenic highways did not disappoint. The first followed 2 rivers through gorges with numerous rapids. Th... read more
Waterfall along the scenic highway
Crater Lake
Crater Lake

North America » United States » Oregon » Crater Lake August 27th 2011

Met a couple of bikers from Nottingham this morning who were staying at our motel. They were travelling around on a Triumph Boneville which they bought out in the states and keep over here and use each year for trips! It was great to talk to them, pity we met them just as they were leaving. Today we drove to Crater Lake National Park. A beautiful area and when we got our first look at the lake all I can say is STUNNING, STUNNING, STUNNING! I have never seen anything quite like it, the water was the bluest blue, surrounded by trees, mountains in the background – a truly beautiful place. There was a small island in the lake, part of another volcano. We drove right around Crater Lake, which would have taken about 2 hours ... read more
Crater Lake
Crater Lake
Cheeky chipmunk

North America » United States » Oregon » Crater Lake August 20th 2011

Today, I dive headlong into the Oregon Cascades. My choice for doing so is the North Umpqua Canyon, which the North Umpqua River has eroded through the western part of the mountains. The lava was much harder than the rocks cut by the Klamath, so this canyon gives the expected view of a narrow ravine through basalt rocks. Colliding Waters The first sight along the river is the famous but overhyped Colliding Waters. It happens where the Little River merges with the North Umpqua right where it curves. The two river currents run directly into each other in an area of big rocks. During spring runoff, the resulting wave effects are dramatic. The rest of the year (including now) it looks like any other river junction. ... read more
Deadline Falls
North Umpqua Canyon
Toketee Redwood Pipe




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