Blue, Blue the Lake is Blue

Trip Start Jul 12, 2013
Trip End Jul 26, 2013

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Saturday, July 20, 2013

I'm feeling so at home here at Sun Pass Ranch – we opened the drapes over the windows and there were the cows hanging about and an occasional moo! Of course in Miami Beach we don’t have cows mooing in our backyard, but there is a quality about being here that makes me feel comfortable like visiting a friend’s home.  At eight, we made our way into the kitchen for breakfast and met a couple from Seattle and a couple from Germany.  Some things have international appeal and Patti’s hearty breakfasts of scrambled eggs with veggies and cheese (hold the cheese for Harvey), local bacon, sautéed potatoes, toast and also coffee and orange juice seemed to be enjoyed by all as we talked about each other’s itineraries and impressions of where we’ve been.  Patti brought out her laptop to show us photos of Crater Lake in the winter and the cross country skiing that can be done on the crater rim.  The folks from Seattle sounded like they genuinely plan to return for that experience.  The blue water stood in stark contrast to the white landscape – and I couldn’t imagine concentrating on skiing, but rather taking in the views.

Patti & Mike, the owners of Sun Pass are a very interesting couple.   I asked about the quilts in our room and if they were hand made – it seems that Patti had purchased these in a quilt shop in Utah where the fabric and design was all individually selected.  That prompted Patti to show me fabric composites made by the San Blas Indians near Panama and their basket weaving – the colors, stitching and even weaving demonstrates a real skill.  They were at the San Blas Islands when they took a yacht through the Panama Canal.  But I think this is all the tip of an iceberg of this enterprising couple – they have a yacht brokerage business in San Francisco in addition to this B&B, horse hotel and cattle ranch!  With the cowboy theme throughout their home, I bet there are lots of stories the two can tell.

It was greatly appreciated when Patti offered fixings for a picnic lunch today and a suggestion as to where we might find a spot overlooking the lake to hang out and eat.  There we were sitting on an old dried up log on Sun Notch overlooking the blue blue Crater Lake and the Phantom Ship, eating our grilled chicken sandwiches with mustard, tomato and lettuce with a pickle on the side.  We could have gladly lingered there after talking with a couple from the Ashland area about living in Ashland and how the town of 20,000 and Medford of 90,000 was getting a bit too busy – their ears perked up when we told them we were going to be visiting friends tomorrow who moved from Montana to Medford this past year – they were thinking of moving to Montana! 

It’s a darn good thing that we purchased our boat trip tickets yesterday because they’re completely booked for today.  We were primed as we had stopped at the park visitor’s center and seen the 22 minute movie about the history of Crater Lake.  It’s one thing to see the lake from all the different perspectives offered when you take advantage of the pull offs, but it’s entirely another thing to see it from sea level during the two hour boat ride.  Here’s where you really see the striations in the rock and learn about the geology and the mega-events that created this lake and the ecology of the area.  To get to the boat launch we hiked a steep 1.1 miles down with a 700 feet drop.  And we were told that walking back up is the equivalent of climbing 64 flights of stairs!  We were hot and sweaty by the time we made it back to the top – the cold powerade that we got at the ticket booth down at the marina helped a bit – but it was the cold beer when we got back to Sun Pass that really refreshed.  We rested and then I reheated the leftover ribs from yesterday’s lunch and with some chocolate covered biscotti and hot tea, we are set for the evening.

Now with my shoes off and the windows open looking at the cows and hearing their occasional moos, I am getting a real kick at reflecting on today and all those beautiful blue perspectives of Crater Lake.


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