Bye Oregon, Hello Nevada

It seems like eons since I was last in Oregon. Perhaps due to the fact I had no internet and spotty wi-fi. How spoiled can one be!!!  So after leaving Sutherlin, Oregon I headed to Fort Klamath to meet up with Sara and Kathy.   I drove straight thru Crater Lake on the West Rim drive to reach Fort Klamath and I would like to tell you that scared the …. what-have-you out of me!!!  The road is so narrow – they should ban RV’s from that road.  Fortunately for Sara & I, Kathy had a tow and we got to go back to see the lake in all its glory.  If you decide to go see Crater Lake in your RV, approach the lake from the south and take the West Rim side to the north first, that puts you in on the side of the lake (that’s hundreds of feet below). We circled around the lake to see the whole lake. East Rim is not near as dramatic, but has some pretty pullouts. And its on the East Rim that we saw wildlife – chipmunks.
Sara’s rig on left, a SOB, then my rig, then Kathy’s

The SOB (some other brand) that’s parked between Sara & I, were brand spankin’ new RV owners.  Had a chuckle over there 5 foot water hose and the giant septic (vs sewer) hose. (the kind we installed on our septic system at our stick home). The diameter of that rigid septic hose was easily 5″. I let them know where to go to buy a sewer hose, the basic type of attachments one needs, etc. A brand new rig and no one told them. I even showed them where they could store there sewer hose on their rig. We were heading to Crater Lake when I saw them “unhooking”.  They were heading out. I wished them safe journey.

moss or lichen on a piece of bark

a canyon carved out by volcano eruption 7,700 years ago

Crater Lake Visitor center

Looking directly north from visitor center

Awesome windswept tree

Tell tale signs of the imploding of the volcano, as it was ripped down

Clouds covered sun
Wizard Island, the little volcano within Crater that is the most recent eruption

Poster about the very next photo below

The wall of crater

It really surprised me how big Crater Lake was. Having lived amongst volcanoes for the last 30 + years, the size of this mountain that blew, then imploded is mind boggling. And this is not an extinct volcano. So what’s next?  Despite the very scary road in my RV – it was well worth the trip to this National Park.

A stretch of Highway 50 heading east

And now… the non-stop mountain climbs and then long expansive grades down into the non-stop valleys, as this photo above shows of Highway 50.  I’ve lost track, but we have gone over at least 8 mountain passes. The first few passes were in the 6000-7000 ft range, the further east we went it was more like 7000-8000 ft range and more switchbacks.  They call this road the “Loneliest Highway”, perhaps in the lower 48, but it doesn’t hold a candle to the roads in Canada or Alaska. And there was far more traffic.  Nonetheless, this desolate high desert has its own stark beauty.  Saw no wildlife tho. 

As I write this, we are in Baker, Nevada, just outside of the Great Basin National Park.  Weather is excellent at the moment, but changes are coming in today. Need to decide whether to stick here for another day or so or move on. But I have internet today, I probably won’t tomorrow. So that decision won’t be known until the next installment.

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