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Oct 7, 2017 - Crater Lake redux

Since half of the Crater Lake rim drive was closed due to construction yesterday, we returned to see what we had missed. As we drove toward the park, a layer of clouds hovered over the mountaintops on an otherwise clear day. As we started the rim drive on the west side of the lake, the road rose into those clouds and the temperature plummeted. It was just above freezing, the road was wet/icy? and we couldn't see a thing. The fresh pavement was great, but the view nonexistent. When we found a spot to turn around, we started the drive...

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Oct 6, 2017 - Crater Lake

Once upon a time almost 8,000 years ago, 12,000' Mt. Mazama blew its lid, emptying its magma chamber, causing its top to collapse. As volcanic activity lessened, the remaining caldera began to fill with water from rain and snow. On average 533 inches of snow fall annually. The result is the deepest lake in the United States which always has an amazing shade of blue. Because the water contains no river sediment, it is extremely clear. You can see a pie plate floating 150 feet below the surface. The water level has remained more or less...

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Sep 24, 2017 - Visit Waterfalls and Lunch at Becky’s

September 24 – Visit Waterfalls and Lunch at Becky’s During the beautiful morning with no smoke or snow, we visited several waterfalls near our campground. Just up the road is Becky’s Restaurant noted for the pies but should also be known for their stew. It was the best stew ever. The restaurant was built in 1922 as a wagon stop between the Rouge River Valley and Crater Lake. Tomorrow morning, we will head southwest for the northern California Coast to the Redwoods National and State Parks.

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Sep 23, 2017 - Visit to Crater Lake NP and Trolley Ride around the Rim

September 23 – Visit to Crater Lake NP and Trolley Ride around the Rim We reserved seats on the 10:30 AM trolley ride around the rim. The 40 miles took an hour to reach the Rim Village at 7,000’ elevation from our Prospect, OR campground. The rim was covered with several inches of snow. They had received 9” at the beginning of the week which is very unusual. The moisture was probably from the same weather front that dumped inches of rain on us in Tillamook. Anyway, the rain and snow put out the fires so we could enjoy the vistas of the lake...

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Sep 22, 2017 - Travel to Prospect, OR and Crater Lake National Park

September 22 – Travel to Prospect, OR and Crater Lake National Park We left Sunset Bay Campground in dry conditions and traveled on winding roads to a private campground that is southwest of Crater National Park. The crater lake tours were suspended a week ago. Kathleen is not too sad because to get to the dock, we would have had to descend 700’ on the crater side for one mile. The trolley ride around the crater rim is planned for tomorrow morning if it does not snow.

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Sep 9, 2017 - Great Day for the SOONERS!

I worked answering phones this morning, then had a "rove" shift for the afternoon. Without divulging too many details of where I roved, let me just say I managed to get home a few minutes prior to kickoff. The game was close until the 4th quarter and even then too close for my comfort. Fabulous defensive performance and pretty good offensive one too...we won 31-16. I'm very excited to be seeing this team in Norman next week! Tomorrow is my final work day and I'm happy to be assigned to boats. Then home to finish packing. I'd better get...

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Sep 8, 2017 - A Little of Everything Today

Good Morning - I usually write my journal entry last thing in the evening, so I can choose what I want to write about from that day. Writing then is also a relaxing activity for me, just before bed. But tonight I have my evening program which means I will probably be up late if I wait to write after I get home, and I will need to get my rest before the BIG GAME....make that HUGE GAME.....tomorrow. Plus at the moment I am procrastinating before doing more house cleaning. So I thought I would write about what I have already done today. Linda...

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Sep 7, 2017 - Wow - what a beautiful lake!

I woke to clear air and wet pavement outside our door. Wet pavement is very rare. We had not had rain since late July, which isn't unusual here. Firemen had told us that the amount of rain itself would likely do little to extinguish the fire, but if we got rain without lightening the moisture in the air would help slow progress of the fire. That seems to have been what happened, with a beautiful morning here and smoke beginning to fill the caldera by afternoon. I was excited to be assigned to boats today, especially once I saw the air was...

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Sep 6, 2017 - Counting Down

I have just four work days left! And... tomorrow I am scheduled for boats.... always one of my favorites. Somehow I am guessing it will not turn out to be a boat day, though. I just checked the weather forecast: Flash Flood Watch in Effect Thursday morning until Thursday evening. Red Flag Warning in Effect (that is high fire danger) tonight until 11pm Thursday due to lightening strikes and wind gusts at 35-55 mph. Dense smoke advisory through midday Thursday. Air Quality Alert remains in effect until further notice. Sound like a fun day?...

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Sep 5, 2017 - Final "weekend"

I was off today and will be off tomorrow. After that I have only working days remaining so I am trying to get some packing and travel preparation done. Today I went to Klamath Falls for an oil change so I won't need to do that while crossing the country. I also bought just a couple of things in the grocery store; I am in the "using up" mode and I have figured out my dinner meals for the remaining nights here. I have a package of soup mix and some things I'd like to add to the soup but so far we have not had a day when I could imagine...

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Sep 4, 2017 - Full and Sleepy

The air quality was "only" unhealthy today. Since it was neither very unhealthy nor hazardous, we held boat tours. I had two great groups and was making good time toward getting home on schedule when I heard law enforcement officers looking for any ranger on Cleetwood Cove trail. That would be me, so I radioed in. They were closing the west rim road (again) along with our north entrance, because fire was spreading rapidly in that area. I then got the task of turning back cars headed toward the north entrance. Let me just say that people...

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Sep 3, 2017 - Smoke and more smoke

Every day I keep hoping the smoke level will decrease but I think today was the worst day yet. Many co-workers had their jobs cancelled (boats, hikes, and the evening program) but my trolleys were not cancelled. It was so smoky that no one could see the features I wanted to point out around the rim. That means we drove for two hours to circle the lake without seeing the lake....or much of anything except smoke. You might expect that people would be upset by that but they were told ahead of time to expect terrible visibility. They were here,...

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