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Jul 28, 2018 - Lava Beds

Klamath Falls, OR US Because of the heavy smoke, poor air quality and high heat, we decided to forego the Mosquito Fest (fund raiser for spraying for mosquitoes) and Bonanza Days. Instead, we headed for the desert. Lava Beds National Monument sits on the north face of the Medicine Lake Shield Volcano. The lava tube caves here were created by flows of smooth lava 10,500 to 65,000 years ago. As the lava flowed it began to cool and solidify on the top and sides. Once the eruption ceased, the tube emptied and drained, and a new lava tube cave...

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Jul 27, 2018 - Crater Lake - part II

Klamath Falls, OR We arrived at Crater Lake early. The temp was in the high 60’s and the lake was the most fantastic shade of blue one could ever hope to see. Mother Nature at her best. After admiring the lake a bit, we did some hiking. Castle Crest Trail is known for wildflowers in summer. Originally built in 1929, the trail was created to provide access to one of the most abundant wildflower displays in the park. It was great. Plaikni Falls was next. The falls tumble 20' over a glacier-carved cliff. The falls were beautiful, but we were...

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Jul 26, 2018 - Crater Lake

Klamath Falls, OR We have been accustomed to temperatures in the 50’s and 60’s. We decided the best way to acclimate to temperatures far above that was to take an intermediate step. We headed to the mountains, temps in the 70’s and a trolley ride. Crater Lake was formed by the explosion of a volcano 7700 years ago which released 75 times more material than the 1980 eruption of Mt. St. Helens. Ash made it as far as England. The mountain collapsed, leaving a nice round caldera and a huge lake. Famous for its beautiful deep blue color, the...

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Jul 25, 2018 - A change in the weather

Klamath Falls, OR We have been enjoying light jacket and long pants weather for quite some time now. When we set out this morning it was the usual 57° with a cool breeze. We headed over the mountain and very quickly hit temperatures in the 90’s. What a difference a mountain range makes! As we drove through the mountains, we felt right at home with all the fog surrounding us until we realized it wasn’t fog. Oregon and northern California are on fire. In fact, there are 17 active fires and Oregon is under a statewide wildfire emergency. There...

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Jun 3, 2018 - Klamath Falls

/// Klamath Falls, OR KOA June 3, 2018 A Travel Day: With a trip of just over 50 miles on our agenda today, we delayed our departure until late morning. At 10:30 A.M. we finally checked out of Eagles Nest RV Campground. Our stay here was in hindsight not really that convenient. The location saved some mileage but was on the boring side. It was quiet and peaceful and I especially enjoyed the dark evening skies. // Our route today was entirely on Hwy 139. The road conditions were probably some of the best we have experienced this season....

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Jun 1, 2017 - My Oregon Trail

I made it to Oregon! I am not yet at Crater Lake but that is by design. Madeline, one of my housemates from last summer, invited Linda and me to stay a couple nights with her prior to checking in at the park. Madeline lives in Medford, where I did almost all of my shopping last summer. There are nice grocery stores (Fred Meyer and Trader Joe’s) there along with Costco. I will go to Madeline’s tomorrow morning but wanted to be close enough for that to be a short drive. I also wanted a place to watch softball tonight and I thought it would be...

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Sep 11, 2015 - Crater Lake and F15's

We took a scenic drive to Crater Lake - about an hour to get there and we passed by on the other side of Upper Klamath Lake with it's bugs on the windshield. It is hazy from the fires to the north of the lake and there are fires in California as well as Oregon still. We had pretty good visibility but unfortunately there were some clouds and as the day progressed the lake became less blue. At the first look we had it was spectacular and would have been more unique on a clear day. We started at the visitor center with a video that explained...

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2015 Eagle trip

Sep 10, 2015 - Klamath Falls

Today we looked around this small base - it has every thing that we need. I got my hair cut at the barber shop. There are F15's flying around 10 AM and this weekend is a drill weekend so we'll hear and see much more on Saturday - will be sorry to miss it on Sunday. We are working out how to get out, there is a Phaeton that came in and they are helping us hold 4 spots in front of the RV so we'll be able to drive out on Sunday. The trailers on each side of us are pilots. We went to a memorial for a fire tanker crew and were able to see 3 ag...

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2015 Eagle trip

Sep 9, 2015 - Kingsley AFB

We had a beautiful drive from Florence to Klamath Falls. First there was fog along the coast but when we turned off Hwy 101 it lifted and we drove along the Umpqua river most of the way to I5 - very pretty with mountains on one side and the river on the other. The road was somewhat windy but not bad. We were behind a logging truck at one point but the road had many passing lanes so it wasn't that much of an inconvenience. We had lunch and got diesel at Seven Feathers which is a casino and large truck stop - very nice accomodations. Has an...

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Aug 2, 2015 - Day 26

About 5,700 B.C., at a time when agriculture was taking root in Europe and Middle East civilizations were on the rise, a mountain in what is today southern Oregon blew its top. Mt. Mazama erupted in a massive explosion that literally blew away the summit. As the ash and lava poured out, the mountain collapsed into itself, creating a crater nearly 2,000 feet deep. Over the next several centuries, snow and rain filled the crater, leaving what we know today as Crater Lake. It is a beautiful lake situated at 6,173 feet above sea level. The...

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Aug 1, 2015 - Day 25

A brown haze and the smell of smoke hung in the air as we entered Grants Pass, Ore. It was 60 degrees when we left Crescent City and now it was pushing 90. We got on I=5 south and stopped at the Rogue Creamery, where we bought some blue cheese and wine before crossing the Cascade Range. A man at the creamery told us that a wildfire 60 miles to the north was the reason for the smoke. As we crossed the Cascades the smoke dissipated and the sun emerged. We set up camp in Klamath Falls, south of Crater Lake. Since we had time we drove to Lave...

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May 27, 2015 - Kla-Mo-Ya Casino

The drive northward from Mound House was relatively easy considering there are several medium length grades to pull. But the 350 miles went without incident and we landed at the Kla-Mo-Ya Casino in time to set up and get into the restaurant for the dinner special, $5.99 each! Note, Kla-Mo-Ya is an acronym for Klamath, Modoc and Yakima.... This is a very convenient stop and we recommend it. Dave pulled out one of the Honda 2000 generators and plugged us in so the refridgerator could recover. A good nights sleep was had by us, refreshed for...

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