Crater Lake / Oregon State
Trip Start Jun 06, 2005
20Trip End May 31, 2006
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The drive is very picturesque with lots of redwoods and gushing rivers. This is the Smith river that we followed for quite some time.
On the way we stopped at Leggett with the world famous drive-thru tree, so we paid our money and couldn't drive the car through as it was way to big.
We also stopped off at Curious Hill the home of the illusive Chipolope??!?!?!?
But all that was curious about it was why we spent 10 dollars to get in!!!
We finally arrived at Eureka 6 hours later (quite a drive) at our KOA and our first night of camping.
Shortly after setting up and a few arguments later..... We sat down for a few beers and we met our next door neighbour..Shirley.
Now let me tell you a little about Shirley. She is 75 years old, loves fishing, born in Oklahoma and knew more stuff about just about everything, even more than Chris!
And boy could she talk and talk and talk.......but she was so sweet. As we had used our firewood chatting all night, she arrived at camp next day after fishing with a truck load of firewood she had collected off the beach and even caught us a Rock Crab to eat.
When we left she told us that if we were passing by we were to visit her or else she would shoot us!!!!!!
So we set off for Crater Lake, America's deepest freshwater lake.
The drive was good and we saw a varied landscape but it never crossed our mind that we camping in SNOW!!!!
They open the roads to the lake between June and Sept when most of the snow as thawed.
As the name suggests the lake formed after a huge volcanic explosion causing the top of mountain to fall in on itself.
The lake is about 8000 feet above sea level and we stood about 1000 feet above that, so the planned 4 mile hike only lasted about 1/2 mile so instead we had a hot dog.
But joking aside the views were fantastic and the lake is perfectly still, no rivers or streams flow in or out of the lake and the colour is unbelievable! The island you can see here is called Wizard island!
Although the temperature was only 54 degrees it felt really warm with no cloud cover but at night it was very cold, Kelly had no choice but to give me a cuddle for once!
We stayed here for two days more pics above!!!!
So now we're off to Bend to stay in a little town called Sisters. It's about 170 miles again but this time the road is as straight as an arrow and went on forever!!!
This campsite was much better than at Eureka, we had a swimming pool and that damn crazy golf!!!
We only stayed here one night and was back on the road again, west to Lincoln City on the Oregon coast. All this time the weather had been fine and in the low 80's.
The first day we visited the beach and had clam chowder, the best in the world at a restaurant on the waterfront called Mo's.
Then the rains came and boy did they come!!!!
We woke up this morning with a leak in our tent and our pillows were soaked. So we loaded up in a half an hour (not even an argument) and set off through driving rain to Astoria. Straight up the coast on the very edge of the Oregon and Washington border and was where the Goonies was filmed.
And that's where we are now. We are finding it hard to find Internet cafes and at the moment are in a Kinko type place where everyone is photocopying!!!!
We are off to Seattle in a couple of days to watch a baseball game and celebrate the 4th of July with our friend Neil and will update you after that.
Jack's Fact - The first man made object to break the sound barrier was a......whip!!!!