Trip Start May 01, 2008
49Trip End Ongoing
We chose a privately owned campground close to Crater Lake, it felt like parking in somebodies back yard.... it was very pretty with a stream and large trees but a Little strange.
Crater lake is a wonder to behold. They only opened the roads a few weeks ago as the snow (average of 44ft every year) does not melt until July. There was still plenty of snow around even now. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crater_lake
We wanted to do and see more in the area so we moved to another campground called Umpqua's Last Resort, located on the North Umpqua river, owned by 2 guys named Dustin and Paulhttp://www.golastresort.com/ We had such a great time doing stuff with and hanging out with them for 3 days that the have invited us to there house in Seattle next weekend!
We took a few short hikes to some amazing waterfalls and one to the local Hot Springs. Water that is naturally heated by underground lava and pushed to the surface to create hot pools. The following day we went white water Kayaking on the river with http://www.nuorafting.com/. Toby has not been kayaking for years and was not relishing the prospect of 48F water with an air temp in the 70F's. Brent has been going on about rafting since the Grand Canyon! The trip included some class 3 and a class 4 technical rapids http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/International_Scale_of_River_Difficulty. Toby manged to stay up right ALL the way down, thru shear terror more than skill! Brent took a dunk on a small rapid because he was trying to pose for a picture being taken by Paul! Of course our camera was strapped to Brent's life vest, when he climbed back into the Kayak the camera was gone..... we had not downloaded the pictures for the last 3 days (Crater Lake etc)!!! Amazingly, after negotiating the class 4 rapid Brent found the camera stuck in the back of the Kayak..... thats why there are pictures!! How it got there and did not fall out again is a mystery........
We are headed to the Oregon coast for our drive north.