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North America » United States » Oregon » Crater Lake September 23rd 2009

I’m composing this first blog entry sitting on the window seat in our room at the Crater Lake Lodge, watching dusk arrive. The sky above the rim of the lake is tinged with pink and the normally vivid blue water has turned a steely gray. We just came up to our room from enjoying a glass of Tolosa Pinot and watching the changing light from the rocking chairs which line the patio behind the Lodge… Sounds so slow and peaceful, right? But of course that impression betrays the pace and the ups and downs (mostly ups) of the past three days. Let me summarize: Our 7 hour plus drive from SLO to the tiny town of McCloud at the base of Mt Shasta was relatively uneventful. We amused ourselves by trying to come up with the ... read more
Dave relaxing on the porch of the McCloud Hotel
Mt Shasta looming over McCloud
Middle Falls, McCloud River

North America » United States » Oregon » Crater Lake August 26th 2009

Crater Lake National Park is a fascinating place. The whole area is part of the Pacific circle if fire, there are loads of volcanoes around, all inactive at least for the moment. Crater lake lies inside a volcanic basin (caldera) and was created when Mount Mazama collapsed 7 700 years ago following an eruption. There is a lake in the crater, very deep with beautiful blue water. As you will see on the pictures, a second smaller volcano showed up inside the 'old' crater and has itself a crater. The region is beautiful and we manged to do some nice hikes; very much enjoyed hiking up Crater Peak which is another dormant volcano. For more information, please see www.nps.gov/crla ... read more
Crater Lake entrance
Crater Lake
Crater Lake

North America » United States » Oregon » Crater Lake July 29th 2009

Crater Lake was our first camping experience without men. No Juan Rambo to wake us with hot coffee and a brush up with mountain lion/bear survival skills. No Texas Red and splitting a bottle of wine three ways--the bottle was up to us this time. Building a fire was all ours. Scaring the bears with the manliest and growliest yawps we could muster was our task alone. Juan Rambo told us and we quote, "What I like to do is pick up a large boulder and then smash it because it makes a lot of noise." Umm. Thanks Juan Rambo, but we might not be able to lift the giant boulders! Perhaps we could instead go into cheerleader formation and look taller and scarier than a bear that way. Bears in the campground? Who cares? J. ... read more
Crater Lake
Jenny at the lake
Our breakfast company

North America » United States » Oregon » Crater Lake July 27th 2009

July 24th Crater Lake, OR We woke up early and we didn't have much to do to get our day started as we had slept in the parking lot of the National Park. We got our money back and some coffee to go and headed off to see Crater Lake. We had to make it to the trailhead to hike down to the lake to take the boat tour. We stopped at a few lookouts to get our first look at Crater Lake. We were not dissapointed. It is spectacular. It is such a vivid blue it looks llike someone poured blue dye into it. We had never seen anything like it in our lives. We had to drive about 15 miles around the rim to get to the trailhead where we had to hike down ... read more
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North America » United States » Oregon » Crater Lake July 25th 2009

Our drive through eastern Oregon to Crater Lake gave a full impression of the hardships that lined the original Oregon Trail. Even today in 2009 the state is made very difficult to navigate through due to lack of signs, constant road work, and rollercoaster roads. The most shocking thing was the change from desert to volcano to near-rainforest weather. The moisture in the air went from non-existent to oppressive. When we approached the park office pay-$10-booth at Crater Lake and I asked if there was camping, I was given a mysterious non-committal response and told there was road work causing delays, the campground was "far away" and I should turn around unless I "really wanted to see the lake". By the girl's tone of voice she didn't seem to suggest I did really want to see ... read more
Oregon Trail murals
"Ford the river"
Volcanic?

North America » United States » Oregon » Crater Lake July 13th 2009

Ann and I embarked on our 10-day loop tour of British Columbia, Washington and Oregon on Friday, June 26. We visited the Okanagan Valley to enjoy some wine tasting and purchased more than we were supposed to for our later US border crossing. We continued on to Nelson where they were holding an after work festival in honour of our arrival. We stayed at a fantastic B&B called the Cloudside Inn, which was run by two travel- and photo-savvy owners. The next day, we attended Erin and Kris’ wedding. Erin and I went to UBC together over a decade ago. And that night we partied with old and new friends alike. We managed to get an early start the next morning and covered a lot of ground, following the Columbia River canyon, stopping in at Hunters ... read more
Richard climbing trees at Redwood Park
Oregon Coast
Okanagan Wineries

North America » United States » Oregon » Crater Lake July 10th 2009

We had so much fun taking the kids to Crater Lake, Oregon and we have decided that we are going to make this a yearly trip. There is so much to do and it is very relaxing. We got a late start yesterday. Jon did not get home until 4:15 and we got out the door at 4:30 om. I had everything all packed and ready to go and we were all very impatient to get there and were very glad when he got home. I had finished all laundry, cleaned the entire house from top to bottom, weeded, cleaned the fridge and mowed the lawn. I was so ambitious that I got up at 5:30 am so I got a LOT done. It was a nice feeling leaving knowing that when we came home the ... read more

North America » United States » Oregon » Crater Lake June 28th 2009

Drove to Crater Lake today. Beautiful Blue lake in the top of a volcano cone. Believe it or not, about two thirds of the drive around the lake was closed because of snow, but what I was able to see was really cool. Going to take a leisurely drive up the Oregon coast tomorrow and will be spending the night and the next day in a hostel on the norther Oregon coast.... read more
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Wizards Island
Photo 4

North America » United States » Oregon » Crater Lake June 26th 2009

We left Yellowstone National Park at 6:00am and went on the longest journey of the whole trip to try and reach our destination of Crater Lake in Oregon. Rob had read up on this area and was adamant that this was the place he wanted to go more than anywhere else. We were not disappointed. The journey itself was something out of Top Gear with some of the best roads and scenery I have ever driven with Mountainous ranges and very long straight roads (just like the movies). This was great fun for all three of us and was one of the best experiences of the whole trip. The one down point was that the ever reliable Prius was not a soft top which would of made the journey truly amazing. The one thing that surprised ... read more
Crater Lake
Crater Lake
Crater Lake

North America » United States » Oregon » Crater Lake September 27th 2008

We had read an article about Crater Lake in one of our RV magazines about 8 years ago and had decided definitely to put it on our “bucket list.” Thursday was my day to add to my bucket. I am staying in La Pine which is at + 4000’ elevation. I don’t know what I was expecting, certainly not what I found. The land around the park is very flat so the first thing I saw when I got in was the Pumice Desert. Then I started to climb until my ears started to “pop.” There was a scenic overlook pull in and a lot of people were there so I drove in - then gasped. This has to be one of the most beautiful places in this country. According to the info I received “The ... read more
Downward Flow
First Sight
Rim Village




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