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We left the Bridge of the Gods at Cascade Locks to great sunny and warm weather. We headed east for a bit on I-84 until we hit OR 35. This rode took us up into Mt. Hood and while cool, we could ride without our rain gear.
We stayed on 35, then headed east on 26 to 97 south. It got hotter the more south and east we went. By the time we …
I couldn't believe my friend and frequent travel companion Maggie had been all over the world and never seen Crater Lake. So when we discovered a Road Scholar tour that took in the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in Ashland, I knew we would have to detour to America's deepest, clearest, and bluest lake. Eventually we worked out a zigzag route that took …
... first two are surrounded by alpine forests and
the last is in the middle a dry plain adorned with canyons nesting
gentle rivers making for a spectacular vista.
So Oregon ticked it all; glaciers topped mountains, deserted beaches, waterfalls, gorges,
canyons and deserted plains. Not to mention the lovely and human size
city Portland and the road coffee houses of course.
Packing in for the night we discovered the very exclusive world of the ...
... done. Wow!! Soon I will be back to reality, back to the real world. My reentry back into that world has been nagging at me. How will I cope? I am already beginning to feel nostalgic about this trail. I will miss this community and all the interesting people I've met. My mind is all over the place lately while hiking. Anyhow, I am tired. I must sleep now. It's 9:20pm, way past my bed time. I intend to do a 30 tomorrow as well so I must rest for ...
... by 15:30. There is a rim road around the crater. It's about 53 km. which gives you an idea of the size of the crater. Crater Lake is one of the deepest lakes in the world. 539 meter. It was formed when the 12.000 foot high Mazama volcano erupted. While the magma bursted out the volcano the chamber underneath emptied. The volcano then basically collapsed under its own weight. The lake has no sources and keeps its own water level regulated. By that it became ...