At the moment we’re sitting in Kanab Utah, which is central to a lot of very cool places, but I’ll have to get back to those since I have a bit of catching up to do here. This one post was a bit hard to begin, mostly because we’ve had very little connection since we departed Washington on October 15th. And at the time of our departure I was dealing with the stress of finalizing the sale of my Dad’s estate… one of the final details as Executor, and of course it did not go easy. (I won’t go into the gory details, but the legal team and the title company didn’t do their jobs very well, and yours truly had to scramble before we could actually shove off.)
After “the signing” (although not the end) in Vancouver, we dropped off The Beast for new rear tires in Portland and spent some time with my brother, Topher, while we waited. With four fresh tires (ka-ching!) we headed south past Mt. Hood and along the eastern side of the Cascade Mountain Range to Madras, where I camped The Beast once again on the property of my good friends Sue and Atilla. (Flashback to 5 years ago, almost to the day! Traveling South thru Central Oregon)
It was there that the final screw-up came to light, and rather than drag the mess on down the road with me we took Sue and Atilla up on their generous hospitality and stayed a few extra days to handle things. While there we did enjoy some good meals and lots of great conversation with the two of them. (First meeting between them and John.) We also took a day to drive out to Painted Hills-John Day Fossil Bed National Monument. There was a wildfire burning not far from where we were, as you can see in the background of the third image below.
A few days later we headed south toward Crater Lake. Along the way we made a stop at Smith Rock State Park and did a short hike with Sadie. This is a very popular spot for rock climbers, for good reason, and there were quite a few of them hanging on the many rock faces while we were there.
That night, after hours of driving, and a few more looking for a snow park to “boondock” in we camped for the night a few miles outside of Crater Lake National Park. In the morning we drove in, parked The Beast and did a counter-clockwise drive around the rim in our tow car, aka-“Zippy”. We made numerous stops throughout the day, to add to our ever increasing collection of images. The story behind Crater Lake and how it came to be is pretty amazing, and the lake itself is incredibly clear and blue. Read about it here… Crater Lake.
After a full day of driving, shooting, and a little bit of hiking we hooked Zippy back up and drove out the southern end of the park, where we parked for the night in the same snow park I found 5 years prior. At that time I didn’t stay for the night because I was completely secluded and had no cell coverage. Instead, since I had only the one day in the park, I left the motorhome there long enough to explore what little bit of the park was open (this was right after the government shut down), and camped for the night in a Fred Meyer parking lot in Klamath Falls instead. This time around there were others camped in the (dry) snow park, and… well… I’m no longer a solo female traveler. 😌
We went back up to the lake for a second day, but didn’t feel the need to go all the way around. After a couple hours we opted to run some errands on our way through Klamath Falls and get on back on the road to California. One never knows when winter weather might set in, and we had a lengthy list of places to visit in “snow country”. Icy roads and motorhomes are not a fun combination.
So I’ll leave you with a few more images of Crater Lake, the last of our Central Oregon stops!
Coming soon… Lake Tahoe, Bodie State Park, Mono Lake, June Lake, and another delay in Mammoth Lakes. Deja Vu!! Previous post with Mammoth Lakes and a break down!