Our start on "The Ring of FIre"

Trip Start May 06, 2012
Trip End Jun 18, 2012

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KOA Klamath Falls

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Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Today is dedicated to our Charlie H. and his lady, Miss Drema…

We pulled out of our site at 9:00 local time with beautiful blue skies, and 66 degrees. We rolled about 50 feet before stopping to say goodbye to Sandra and Bob who were also getting ready to leave on their trek. They are a super nice couple.

We drove around a bend in the road at 9:20 and saw at a distance Mt. Shasta for the first time today, the beginning of our drive on part of "The Ring of Fire". It was covered with snow. Mt. Shasta is 14, 180 feet tall and its last eruption was in 1786. The mountain consists of four overlapping volcanic cones which have built a complex shape, including the main summit and the prominent satellite cone of 12,230 feet, Shastina, which has a visibly conical form. If Shastina were a separate mountain, it would rank as the fourth highest peak of the Cascade Range after Mt Rainier, Rainier's Liberty Cap, and Mt. Shasta itself. Whatever the cold, hard facts and statistics concerning Mt. Shasta are, the most important thing is how very beautiful it is. It is like Mt. McKinley in Alaska, so very large it is hard to comprehend by just looking at it.

About 15 miles from camp, we came to the Super Walmart that we wanted yesterday and were able to get everything on our list before we were once again on the road towards Oregon and Crater Lake. Once again we crossed the Sacramento River which is very clean looking water and continued to get glimpses of Mt. Shasta as we continued northward. On the way up, we passed Shasta Lake. We were on I-5 and there was nowhere for us to pull off and take a picture and thus I only managed to get a shot out of the passenger side window which gives NO idea of how pretty a lake it is.

At Dunsmuir, California we pulled off of I-5 and onto Historic CA 99. It is a cute, old mountain town which is a sleepy little stop over on the way to somewhere else. We ate lunch there at McGuire’s Restaurant where we had a wonderful chicken sandwich and a salad before heading north once again.

We kept getting larger views of Mt. Shasta as we traveled along. Black Butte was another mountain landmark that we passed. It stood in total difference from white capped Mt. Shasta as it is, of course, much shorter and appears to be composed of volcanic rocks.

We left I-5 for Route 97 (also Historic CA 99) at Weed, California at 1:45. Weed in its hay day was the locus for the largest timber mill in the country at one time. Times have changed and now it is a tourist town on the way to Crater Lake. We stopped there for a souvenir purchase and then were off again. Shortly after pulling out of Weed, the landscape drastically changed again. Where up until then we had been traversing hills with Ponderosa Pines and other large vegetation, we were suddenly in a much more arid, desert like environment with MUCH smaller vegetation. As near as we can tell by looking at the maps, we were driving between the Coastal Mountains and the Cascades. The whole area showed signs of ancient volcanic activity which is fascinating to look at. After this, we drove through broad, flat valleys and again were in and out of Ponderosa Pines and other high country vegetation. The most impressive valley was Butte Valley which looked like a movie set with the mountains surrounding it and the large, flat fields marching into the distance.

We drove into Oregon at 3:20 and tipped out hats mentally to our old friend Charlie H. who claims Oregon as his adoptive home. Wish we had him with us to explain what we are seeing as he is VERY knowledgeable on this state.

Getting into Klamath Falls, we drove to the Oregon Motel 8 RV Park…and shortly drove right back out again. It was actually depressing to look at and did not seem to be in good repair at all. We were surprised as it is a Good Sam Park and we have found them on this trip particularly to be some of the nicest in their areas. We turned around and drove 5 miles back down the road to KOA Klamath Falls. The folks here couldn’t have been nicer to us. The site is level (no cords of wood to level with, Betty), the power is good, we have great wifi AND we are close enough to town to walk to a restaurant!! We got here at 4:30 after stopping for fuel at a Fred Myers. Since they are affiliated with Kroger, we were able to use our Kroger Customer Card and save a few pennies at the pump!

We drove 178 miles today.
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Lora Carbary on

Pat and John,

Mt Shasta sure looks pretty and exciting to see as you get closer. I am glad the weather has been sunny for you to enjoy the beauty around you.

Can't wait for Crater Lake.

Stay safe.

Frank on

Hey folks..............enough about Crater Lake, Mt. Shasta and Klamath. Do any of those places have hamburgers or ribs? Have not seen a "food report" in days and I'm beginning to worry about your nutritional needs. Personally I would like an 8 x10 glossy of Pat maneuvering that classy rig of yours down the highway. Cheers from Navy Circle.

Mary Rehovsky on

I have been reading every single one of your posts and cannot tell you much I feel like I'm back home in California. Been to most of the places while still living there and am greatly enjoying this trip. Hope you remembered to eat some See's candy before leaving the golden state, but they might be in Oregon. Miss you.

dwlp.travelkids on

Mary, glad you are enjoying our trip vicariously!! I have journaled for years when we traveled but had gotten a little burned out on doing that. Getting feed back from those of you who are enjoying reading the blog makes it fun to write. We haven't seen a place selling See's yet (haven't been in any malls) but we have been looking for some and will continue to keep our eyes open for a place that sells it.

sandra Jean baynes on

Pat, Judith and Paul connected me and I would love to receive your blog. Sandalandbob@tds.net. Sounds like fun.

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