Lava Tubes, Strongholds and the Most Beautiful Magical Valley!

Lava Tubes, Strongholds and the Most Beautiful Magical Valley!

Friday June 8th, 2018 Woke up in Lava Beds National Monument at the campground this am, surrounded by people! I spent a little time this morning talking to my camp neighbors and the guy recommended I check out a place called Surprise Valley when I headed to Alturas later. I packed up and headed to the visitors center to see what I should see. Lava Beds National Monument lies on the flank of Medicine Lake Volcano which has the largest…

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Burney Falls, Hat Creek and Creepy Empty Camps!

Burney Falls, Hat Creek and Creepy Empty Camps!

Thursday June 7th, 2018 Met two great gals this morning on a road trip with their momma this morning. They camped across from me and we ended up chatting awhile, they fed me grapefruit, which wasn’t bad and we hiked together later. It was great to have some company! Deb and Kathy and their mom Bev had rented a rather large motorhome for a week and they had Debs dog Dexter with them too. I got puppy love from Dexter,…

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Cave bacon and sundials….

Cave bacon and sundials….

Wednesday June 6th, 2018 I went over to the other campground and picnic area of Castle Crags this morning to check out the Sacramento River before I left the park. There was a cool suspension bridge that was very mobile as I walked on it! It held and I was able to see the pretty river! I headed down I-5 to Lake Shasta Caverns. This tour involved a boat ride across the lake, a bus ride up the side of…

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Biker chicks, more falls and Castle Crags

Biker chicks, more falls and Castle Crags

Tuesday June 5th, 2018 Met 2 cool biker ladies from Seattle as I was loading my car today. The one had a Victory bike so I got a picture for my son because he also rides a Victory. I enjoyed meeting and talking with them. Stopped to take a short hike to see Hedge Creek Falls and it was pretty amazing! There was a big rock gorge that the falls were pouring over, and an undercut behind the falls so…

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Crater Lake

Crater Lake

Monday June 4th, 2018 6 miles of the deepest blue water you have ever seen in a volcanic caldera surrounded by rough snowy edges. Are you dreaming? No, you are standing on the edge of Crater Lake! 7,700 years ago there was a large 12,000 foot tall stratovolcano named Mount Mazama. It erupted so violently that it’s summit was completely destroyed, losing over 5,000 feet of its height and then  collapsed in on itself. This created a huge caldera 2,148…

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Hiking, Diamond Lake and shield volcanoes!

Hiking, Diamond Lake and shield volcanoes!

Sunday June 3rd, 2018 Today I drove through Sisters again and reaffirmed my love for that town! I was going to stop and wander Main Street but it was fairly early on a Sunday morning and most shops weren’t open yet. I continued south through land I had already seen. I got to my campsite at Diamond Lake and got set up before lunchtime. I hadn’t realized that the PCT passed so close to here. I decided to eat lunch…

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Hot Springs, closures and the PCT!

Hot Springs, closures and the PCT!

Saturday June 2nd, 2018 I camped at Crescent Lake in Oregon last night. While not as impressive as the Crescent Lake in Olympic National Park, it was still beautiful. The water was super clear and it was a pretty aqua color. As I was driving up the pass, I realized I was passing Shelter Cove, which is another PCT resupply stop! I stopped there to check it out and it was cute! A marina, campground and restaurant/general store. I took…

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Sisters, Buttes and Volcanic activity!

Sisters, Buttes and Volcanic activity!

Friday June 1st, 2018 I got up and packed up and headed to the post office in Sisters. I had some stuff to mail home and postcards to send. I decided Sisters is a darling town! There is one main street with all kinds of cute little boutiques and places to eat! It looks like an old western town. There are mountain views everywhere! After my Sisters coveting, I went in search of the best brunch spot in Bend. The…

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Snow, The Shining and the birthplace of rock climbing!

Snow, The Shining and the birthplace of rock climbing!

Thursday May 31st  2018 The Timberline Lodge, built in 1938 during the Great Depression by local artisans, set at 6,000 feet elevation on iconic Mount Hood and the location for the exterior hotel scenes in the movie ‘The Shining.’  Where else would I possibly want to stay while in this area? This lodge was forged from local boulders, timber and recycled materials to keep costs down as part of Roosevelt’s New Deal Works Progress Administration, or WPA. The WPA employed millions…

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Indian Princess Legends, Sun Rainbows and Real Keys!

Indian Princess Legends, Sun Rainbows and Real Keys!

Wednesday May 30th, 2018 Started today driving in the Columbia River Gorge. Visited Vista House first and oh the views! Built in 1918 at Crown Point, it serves as a museum, gift shop and has bathrooms and did I mention the stained-glass windows? Next on the tour was the two tiered Multnomah Falls, the tallest fall in Oregon at 620 feet. It is also the second tallest year round fall in the States, with Yosemite Falls being first at 2,425…

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