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Oct 5, 2017 - Santium Pass

When we drove here from Portland, we went through some incredible scenery that we could not appreciate adequately. When you are 65' long and zipping down the road with faster drivers stacked up behind you, it's hard to stop to smell the roses. The prettiest part of the route followed the Santium River, which twisted and turned as rivers do. The driver really had to concentrate. So we retraced our steps partway today, lingering here and there. Even with the car, today's trip involved plenty of U-turns and long walks back to the prettiest...

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Oct 4, 2017 - Cascade Lakes Drive

We knew the the Oregon coast is spectacularly beautiful, but were surprised to learn today that the interior is also stunning. We left our Bend campground driving through a toney neighborhood advertising houses for sale starting at only $800,000. This neighborhood was clogged with roundabouts, a traffic control device best left in Great Britain in my opinion. Then we were on the Cascade Lakes Byway on our way to Mt. Bachelor, a ski mountain. At that point the highway was a four-lane divided and we were almost the only ones on the road. It...

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Oct 3, 2017 - High Desert Museum

We followed a winding stream inland from Portland through the mountains to Bend. On the western side of the mountains everything was green. Bushes with colorful autumnal leaves were a beautiful contrast to the dark green firs. On the eastern side of the mountains, things looked much drier and around Sisters we could see lots of burned forest. The roads around Sisters were closed due to these fires earlier last month. But things were back to normal. The main street was full of tourists, patronizing the T-shirt and taffy shops. We traveled...

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Aug 26, 2017 - Day One - Salem to Bend

Got a late start. Left home about 2 pm. Took the twisty road (Hwy 20) from Lebanon to Bend. Sweet Home, Cascadia and on up to Santiam Junction and finally to Bend. A beautiful sunny drive. Saw a huge firefighter camp with hundreds of tents just East of Sisters. It was quite smoky with poor visibility of the mountains here. Spent an enjoyable evening with our friends Gary & Cheri Cleveland

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Jun 29, 2017 - Crater Lake

Today we headed for Crater Lake National Park. Crater Lake is the result of a violent eruption of Mount Mazama 7,700 years ago. After the eruption the mountain collapsed forming a deep caldera. Centuries of rain and snow filled the caldera to form the deepest lake in the United States. We could only traverse 1/2 of the roads encircling the lake because the east rim was still closed due to snow cover. Even the west side (that we were on) had a great deal of snow remaining. Crater Lake gets about 533 feet of snow annually. It was 72 degrees...

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Northwest Road Trip

May 22, 2017 - Sunriver/Bend TT/Crater lake National park

Well after a 4hr drive (round trip)to Crater Lake all I can say is Wow! It was spectacular. Blue clear and sunny skies made for a beautiful reflection off the lake. It was gorgeous viewing the crater with the snow on parts of it.There were rocking chairs outside with views of the crater. We were lucky enough to get two of them. It was really awesome, and relaxing just taking in the views for a bit longer before we head back. We planned to try and get to a falls nearby but we were on the clock with Sandy and decided to forgo. Were real...

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Jan 29, 2017 - Bend, Oregon

We are on the road again! Well, sort of …. Yesterday and today we spent traveling here to Beaver Coach Sales and Service for repairs on the motorhome to start tomorrow. We are mostly dealing with water leaks that have shown up in the cold, wet weather of western Washington. We’ll be here until the repairs are done, however long that takes. Since this is the first entry of the new year, we’ll recap a bit about what we have been doing for the past five months or so. We have been in the Olympia area having Jon’s back tended to. He was having...

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Oct 24, 2016 - Redmond,OR

We left Klamath (Oct 22) Saturday morning and headed for Jedediah Smith Redwood State Park to do one last hike in the Big Trees. We did a hike called the Boy Scout Tree ( the lady at the visitor centre didn't know the origin of the name) which is an in and out trail that ends at a nice set of falls, (Fern Falls) It was about 11 Km return and was mostly in a very lovely old forest. It was quite cool in there but we still were able to work up a sweat. From JSRSP we headed for Grants Pass to spend the night and get our phone working. The...

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Sep 14, 2016 - Belknap Springs to Bend, OR

September 14, 2106 From our site we overlook the Celebration Lawn which is surrounded by firs on one side and landscaped roses and white ground cover on the other. With the morning sun it is lovely! We also found the Secret Garden with Zen areas, stone benches and just as we left a whimsical bear fishing in the lily pond. There was virtually no WiFi so we went to the lodge to do a little work and then continued on Hwy 126/20 east towards Bend. We were travelling through the green tunnels of Cascade Willamette National Forest with an...

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Aug 31, 2016 - Bend, Oregon

Bend, Oregon We left Silver Creek for the Sunriver camp ground in Bend, Oregon. Good friends from the Happy Trails Hiking Club, Bernie and Dianna Esslinger, had been reading the Trip Journal and noticed we would be coming down I-5 very close to their home in Corvallis, OR. They called and invited us to stop there for lunch. We had a delicious lunch with fresh veggies from their garden and freshly caught tuna. We also took a short tour of Corvallis. When they looked at our planned route they informed us that a bridge was out that we did not...

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Alaska Trip 2016

Aug 8, 2016 - Traveling to Bend, OR.

Traveled down I-5 North to 97 north, to Bend, OR. We saw some beautiful country. Lake Shasta Mountains and lake. Awesome so glad the lake had so much more water than in 2007. It still can use a lot more. Traveling the 97 N, it goes from mountains to agriculture in the Butte Valley, through Klamath Falls. That is one Large Lake then more forests. Very peaceful traveling through there. We will be meeting up with friends Beth & Bill Ibenthal. Beth and I worked at Yamaha together a long time ago. We are staying at Sundance Meadows.

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Jul 27, 2016 - First days of travel

We started up Interstate 5 on Saturday, a little later in the day than we expected due to a nonworking tail light on the trailer that Jonathan fixed very handily. We stopped for the evening and camped at Lake Siskiyou, which is near Mount Shasta City. Beautiful lake and very nice campground. Although it is huge—345 spaces for tents and RVs—the campsites are widely spaced out and have tall trees and lots of shade. It’s a particularly nice campground for families with kids—lots of things for them to do, including a beach, a water park with...

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