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Jul 31, 2010 - Government Camp - LaPine SP, Or

Had reckoned on no sleep last night. But the air cooled down significantly during the night after a storm, and the all-night, partying teenagers (as I had imagined) didn't materialise. In fact, the streets were already busy with baggy-attired, beanie-headed youths at the back of six come morning. Strange to drive from one biome to another within a very short time. One minute we are driving through green, pine-covered mountain terrain; the next we are in the high desert. The earth is stark; yellow and rocky. Whilst in the high desert, we...

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Jan 13, 2009 - LaPine State Park

The weather has warmed with the highs in the 50's. All the snow at our site has melted. We are hoping for more snow soon, but they are saying it might be another 10 days before a cold front comes through. We decided we will just go where the snow is. :-) We drove back to Mt. Bachelor to check out the snow tubing site there. They have a 10-acre area of groomed tube runs accessed by two specially designed lifts taking you to what they call the Snowblast Tubing Park. We were very disappointed to find a lot of the snow has melted and they had...

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Jul 31, 2008 - Newberry Volcano National Monument/High Desert Museum

Start mileage: 41,633 End mileage: 41,689 We traveled 56 miles today. Today was a busy day. Our first stop was Newberry National Volcanic Monument Lava Lands Visitor Center. The Monument is managed by the US Forest Service. Another Golden Age Pass free admission. We took a short trail to observe the lava beds and listened to a ranger presentation on the volcano and the types of lava and other rock it generated. Natasha participated in the ranger demonstration with a piece of pumice as her prop. We drove up to Lava Butte on a 1 ½ lane road...

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Jul 30, 2007 - LaPine State Park

Loved our site in this park that is located south of Bend, OR and approximately 5 miles west of US-97! We stepped from our door into a large open space that fronted a restroom/shower/store building. I have never seen so many chipmunks in the same small area, but they kept both dogs very active-either by pacing the floor and whining to go out or by burying their heads (primarily Baxter) in the numerous holes in the grass. Late one night we sat outside and watched for satellites to pass above our heads, which we counted many of. Before long,...

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Jul 8, 2007 - LaPine State Park

When we pulled into the park we realized our reservations were for the same site we had stayed at coming through here from Goose Lake. Jade liked it! She knew where to hide and watch the chipmunks. We did some bike riding and walking. But this is where Kat started to suffer from sciatica. We went to the lava cave and didn't make it all the way in. Maybe it's really called a lava tube. They're tubes (go figure) that lava flowed through and then receded to leave a long tunnel (Of course that was a couple bazillion years ago). I think in this...

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Jun 11, 2007 - Crater Lake - LaPine, Oregon

We arrived in LaPine, Oregon on May 21 after leaving the beautiful Oregon Coast. LaPine is about 20 miles south of Bend in central Oregon. We stayed at LaPine State Park which is another beautiful state park. There are lots of lakes and rivers in the area and Rick was anxious to do some fishing. We spent our days fishing or exploring the area. We drove a really scenic route from LaPine to Sunriver to Mt. Bachelor and saw lots of snow. As a matter of fact, the road just opened. Pretty amazing, Cheyenne was swimming one afternoon and playing...

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