Synchronicity, Snow and Water
Trip Start Apr 20, 2012
120Trip End Sep 01, 2012
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After a quick stop at Crescent City Starbucks for the routine coffees, hot chocolates and blog posting session, we basically drove straight to our campsite at the Joseph H. Stewart State park which is perched on the bluffs overlooking a man-made lake of the same name. This had been, overall, a pleasant drive and very scenic in places as we paralleled for much of the drive the wide, clear and blue Rogue River. We enjoyed watching the road wind through the Oregon mountains and in many places the dense pine forests reminded us of Maine (Tim's favorite part of the USA). We rolled into our campsite around 12:30 and by 1:00 we had pitched the tent, had lunch and were heading further up the road (about 40 more miles) to get into Crater Lake National Park.
This was a slightly deceiving drive as we were, as we later discerned, steadily climbing up a mountain, but it was so gradual we weren't aware of how much altitude we were gaining. The first hints came from the flashes of snow we saw under the pine trees that surrounded the road and appeared to spread in all directions. Tim, being Tim and the kids, being the kids, just had to stop at the first decent patch they saw in order to lie down in it, make a couple snowballs and have our pictures taken. Later on, we realized how silly this was as the closer we got to the lake, the deeper and more prolific the snow got, in places it was still several feet thick along the side of the road
It was at this point that we realized the absolute synchronicity of the day. Today marked the halfway point of our road trip around the USA, it was the first day of Summer in the USA and the longest day of the year, while at home in NZ, it was the shortest day of the year, the middle of Winter and us Kiwis were standing in the snow with our t-shirts, shorts and sandals on, despite being parked in the middle of the Northern Hemisphere in Summer! Cool eh?
After this we drove around the lake on the parts of the Crater Rim drive that were open, large sections of the road were still closed due to snow, and we stopped at several places for different photos and perspectives of the lake. Sadly, none of the photos can do complete justice to the place, but this did not stop us from trying. Our visit culminated with a bit of a snowball fight between Tim and the kids, and then it was time to drive back an hour to our campsite. It is tea and bedtime soon and then up early once more in order to make the drive to Portland, Oregon and a couple of nights back in our favorite luxury destination; Extended Stay America.