From Crater Lake to Florence

Trip Start Sep 02, 2009
Trip End Oct 01, 2009

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Gloria's House

Flag of United States  , Oregon
Saturday, September 5, 2009

Yesterday morning, we woke up in our cozy little tent to Janis' cell phone alarm at 6 am! We wanted to get an early start so we could see the sights of Crater Lake, since the previous night we arrived at 7 pm.(we had definitely underestimated the time it would take to get there from Oakland). I was not prepared to get up that early! So, we snoozed for about 45 minutes, woke up, had milk and cereal, as well as bagels and strawberry jam. Then I wondered around in I would say 40 degree weather looking for the free hot showers. Finally, I found them and to my surprise the shower was hot as the lady who directed to our campground said they would be. I went back to our little camp and told the rest of the gang they should definitely head over and take a shower. Oops, guess I took too long of a shower! There was no hot water left when they arrived.  After packing up all of our gear, which is a challenge every time (we have so much stuff and so little room!), Janis’ cell phone was missing. And of course, he had no service, so we could not call it to hear where it was located. After some finger pointing (towards me), we decided to just to take off and hopefully find it somewhere in the car. It wasn’t until many hours later that Janis got reception again, and of course it was in the sleeping bag that he rolled up, not me! Anyway, we decided to take the East Rim Drive around the lake. We stopped at four points: Vidale Falls, Phantom Ship, Cloudcap, and finally Cleetwood Cove, the only location on the lake where you can hike down to the water’s edge. Our guidebook of the lake estimated the  2.2 mile trail (roundtrip) would take a total of and hour and ˝ . We, however, walked down in 15 min and walked back up in about 25. Once at the water’s edge, Janis decided to go swimming. We were warned the water would be freezing and it was, but Janis enjoyed his dip, nonetheless. We took in the view one last time and off we went. Next stop, Florence, Oregon, a small town on the coast. We planned on staying with my dad’s friend Gloria, which we did and we are so glad we did! She has a beautiful house here. And Niko was in heaven! She has a huge garage filled with hot rods and classics like a 64 ˝ Mustang. The garage is filled with trophies both she and her fiancé Barnie have won at car shows up and down the coast over the last few years together. After visiting with Gloria and Barnie, we went to eat at Bliss’ Hot Rod Grill, which is in the book Janis gave me called "Road Trip USA." It turns out Barnie knows the owner of the restaurant! And we got to sit in the best seat in the house, a hot rod converted into a booth! Barny suggested the Steak Fingers, which were battered strips of steak that you dip in horseradish, which Janis and I both tried. After dinner, we went into the bar area and enjoyed some of the local music. The lone musician had even wrote a song about the restaurant, its owners, and Barny! After enjoying a few Bud Lights, everyone was on the dance floor. This morning is raining, but we hope to take a ride in one of the roadsters, as well as in a dune buggy. I hope the weather clears up!
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