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Old 11-02-2012, 08:20 AM   #136
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Love this report. I'm a somewhat new dad. My son is 17 months old. A few more years to wait to do something like this but it's not so far off as i thought.

Thanks again for doing the legwork.
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Old 11-02-2012, 11:12 PM   #137
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While the Land Yacht was being serviced I took Kristhawee to Walla Walla's historic Pioneer Park-

Hanging out with Buster the 3-legged Pug

Pioneer Park has a cool Aviary with over 50 different species of birds-
Albino Peacock?


SQUIRREL!

(It's a running joke from the fantastic Pixar movie "Up")


Kristhawee had fun chasing the geese and ducks-


I was kind of hoping that the geese might stand their ground, but seems they were no match for my exuberant 5 year old!


Those white geese are almost as big as my boy!


The fowl beat a hasty retreat to the safety of the pond-


Hey dad, what else can I chase??


What a gorgeous park. 40 acres of huge trees, ponds, the Aviary, a rose garden, a playground, sculptures and more! Apparently Walla Walla's Pioneer Park was designed by one of the architects (John C. Olmstead) who designed New York's Central Park.


What an odd sculpture- I'd love to know more about it- the cow is wearing boots, it seems it's a woman holding the reins, and there's another woman falling out of the back of the wagon. Bizarre and intriguing!

We took time to stop and smell the roses


Kristhawee really enjoyed the rose garden-


Nothing compares to the sweet smell of a rose-
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Old 11-02-2012, 11:18 PM   #138
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Love this report. I'm a somewhat new dad. My son is 17 months old. A few more years to wait to do something like this but it's not so far off as i thought.

Thanks again for doing the legwork.

Congratulations on fatherhood and thank you for your kindness!

Does your son like bikes? Mine grew attached at a very young age


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Old 11-04-2012, 08:39 AM   #139
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In the afternoon we joined Scott and his brother for a nice hike around Bennington Lake just to the east of Walla Walla-




Enjoyed a nice picnic lunch at a shaded spot on the east side of the lake with beautiful views of Walla Walla to the west. It was pretty hot and dry but my little guy made it


Back at Scott's house we fired up the BBQ in the back yard and had a nice cookout, caught some more of the Olympics on tv and went to bed pretty early.

Tomorrow we're going to Oregon!!
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Old 11-04-2012, 08:53 AM   #140
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I'd promised Kristhawee I'd take him swimming but the day before we arrived at the pool too late and it was already closed, so I promised him we'd hit it today on our way out of town-


Just like his dad, this kid loves water


He was first in, and had I let him he'd probably have been last out-


Trying to splash dad


Wish I could have joined him, but this pool was for kids only...


C'mon buddy! Let's go grab some lunch and hit the road- we're going to Oregon today!


Hit the taco truck next to the pool for lunch- yum!!




Took highway 11 south from Walla Walla and were soon in Oregon! Wow, I had no idea eastern Oregon would look like this-


Beautiful rolling hills and fields of wheat as far as the eye could see-


We followed Highway 11 down to Pendleton where we jumped on the I-84 headed south-east to Hilgard Junction-


The interstate climbs up out of the valley-


Exited I 84 at Hilgard Junction and rode west on the 244 which was a cool road.


In good repair, nice and twisty, beautiful scenery and no traffic- perfect!


The 244 winds its way through the Umatilla National Forest-


What a gorgeous road!


45 miles to Ukiah, Oregon-





We had left Walla Walla pretty late so we didn't cover much distance today.


We saw lots of cows but very few people- this road takes you through some really remote country-




What's an "Experimental Forest"??


What a road!


As the sun began to sink I started looking for a place to camp and we ended up stopping at Bear Wallow Creek Campground-


We had the whole campground all to ourselves!
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Old 11-04-2012, 10:09 PM   #141
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Love the way you guys topped and rest at the campgrounds.
Wish I could do so during my time in US.
All great photos, Tony. Keep 'em up!
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Old 11-05-2012, 09:46 AM   #142
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The Bear Wallow Creek Campground had a cool interpretive trail that documents the work done to restore the restoration of salmon and trout breeding grounds.


Kristhawee was keen to go for a hike


Nice trail with educational signs along the way-


Kristhawee was having fun learning all about the amazing reproductive cycle of salmon and trout-


Pretty amazing when you think about it- these fish hatch in these small freshwater streams, live their first year in the stream, then swim to the ocean where they roam for two years before returning to where they were hatched to spawn a new generation. The fish in this stream are 450 miles from the ocean!


The interpretive trail was an unexpected surprise and made our stay at the Bear Wallow Creek Campground all the more memorable-


A big fire, dad's gourmet cooking and we were in the tent, got through a few pages of the Jungle Book and were fast asleep pretty early. Tomorrow we are riding to Bend and the Cascade Lakes!
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Old 11-05-2012, 10:18 AM   #143
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Woke up in the wee hours FREEZING my arse off! Kristhawee was snug in my REI down sleeping bag and I was in an aging lightweight Marmot bag that has seen better days and could really use a re-fill of down.

When I went to check the temp on the Land Yacht's built in gauge is was showing 36 degrees Fahrenheit (about 2 Celsius)


Wow, I really wasn't expecting such cold here- it's not like we were at a very high altitude. Must have just been a weird cold snap.

I built a fire to stay warm and eventually my little guy woke up-


He wasn't too keen to leave his warm sleeping bag- love his expression in this pic-


On the road headed West.

The heated seats and grips on the Land Yacht proved useful.



Beautiful road!




The 395 Pendleton John Day Highway was fantastic! We saw quite a few bikes on this road.


Zoomin

As the morning wore on the temperature rose quickly.

The 395 ends in the tiny little town of Mt Vernon where it intersects with the Old West Scenic Bikeway, Highway 26-

With a name like that it's gotta be good, right?

We removed several layers of clothes, gassed up and grabbed some breakfast in Mt Vernon before jumping back on the bike and heading West on the Old West Scenic Bikeway.


We've left the forests behind and are now approaching Picture Gorge and the John Day Fossil Beds National Monument-




It was getting pretty hot now so we pressed on through the National Monument-


"Journey Through Time" Oregon Scenic Byway-


The road through Picture Gorge was pretty cool-




We're getting closer to Bend; only 32 miles to Mitchell-


The Old West Scenic Bikeway was a really fun road!








It was really quite hot now; such a contrast to the near freezing temperature we work up to in the morning. Stopped to stretch our legs and drink some water-


This is the Painted Hills section of the John Day Fossil Beds National Monument. Colors are pretty washed out in the mid-day sun, but it reminded me quite a bit of the colors and formations that we saw in the Badlands in South Dakota-


Woohoo! Almost there- welcome to the Cascade Lakes Oregon Scenic Byway!
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We rode through Bend which seemed like a really nice town. There was quite a bit of construction on the Cascade Lakes Scenic Byway between Bend and Mount Bachelor-


Our first glimpse of Mount Bachelor!


Kristhawee was excited to see snow and I pointed out the chair lifts to him as we got closer and told him that some day I'll take him skiing here-


Once we got past Mt Bachelor the construction ended and the road was in much better shape-




Mount Bachelor is only one of many volcanoes that makes up the Cascade Range- I think this might be Broken Top Mountain?




I can't tell you how LUCKY we were in finding camping spots on this trip. For our entire summer I only reserved ONE camping spot, and that was in Yosemite Valley where reservations are a must.

The first campground on Elk Lake was full but we got lucky and scored the last spot in the Point Campground a little further down the road-


Not a bad spot!


Quick let's go for a swim! Seemed like a good idea until you set foot in the lake and realize how FREEZING it is!


C'mon Kristhawee- don't make me splash you!


Brrrr! That was a cold and invigorating swim!


Let's get you into some warm clothes and build a nice fire-


The view from our campground- looking east:


Looking northeast-


And to the southeast-
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Good Morning from Point Campground on Elk Lake, Cascades Scenic Byway, Oregon!

The nice couple in the site next to ours gave us some fresh blueberries which certainly livened up our breakfast!

On the road again! Cascade Lakes Oregon Scenic Byway-


Very short ride today to Crater Lake National Park-


The road passes through some huge lava flows-




What a beautiful day! Not a cloud in the sky!


You can't really hear it due to all the wind noise, but we've got the tunes cranking and the little guy is bouncing to the beat
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Approaching Crater Lake National Park-


30 more miles to go!


Winema National Forest


Volcanic Legacy Oregon Scenic Byway-


Umpqua National Forest-


I see snow!!




It's a beautiful ride up to the rim of the caldera-


This road is only open during the summer and is buried deep under the snow in the winter-


Our first glimpse of Crater Lake- Wow!!!


Crater Lake is the deepest lake in the US and the 2nd deepest in North America.


Crater Lake formed in the caldera that was left over when Mount Mazama erupted some 7700 years ago. Crater Lake has no streams flowing into or out of it. All water that enters the lake is eventually lost from evaporation or subsurface seepage. The lake is a striking blue hue, and is re-filled entirely from direct precipitation in the form of snow and rain.

Kristhawee was pretty impressed, and so was I!


You have to be careful- it's about 2000 feet down to the lake and the cliffs are pumice and ash- very slippery. Many people have fallen to their death when they wandered too close to the edge-




Back to the Land Yacht- I want to hit the Visitor Center and pick up a Junior Ranger workbook for my son, then we need to find a place to camp, dump our gear, then we'll be back to explore some more!
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We ride south on the West Rim Drive-


Surprisingly little traffic considering it's a weekend-


Even with all the snow it's quite warm up here at ~7000ft


The West Rim Drive is a fantastic road!


I believe that's Hillman Peak on the left-


Not a cloud in the sky!
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Gorgeous views from Rim Village- Crater Lake and Wizard Island-


We grabbed some lunch here along with a Junior Ranger workbook for Kristhawee. Chatted with the rangers in the Visitor Center and was told the Lost Creek Campground still has spots available.

Some fantastic peg scraping curves just south of Rim Village-


We take a left onto East Rim Drive. Looking back the way we've come-


My little guy is zonked out


Yeah! We scored a great spot at the Lost Creek Campground!
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While I set up camp Kristhawee went exploring-


Lost Creek has been found


Nice spot, but the pine beetles are really doing a number on the trees...


Once we've got our camp set up we ride back to Rim Village so that Kristhawee can participate in some Junior Ranger activities. The Land Yacht without all our luggage feels almost nimble!




Great riding in Crater Lake National Park. The traffic in Glacier National Park was quite bad. Crater Lake on the other hand seems unusually deserted on this beautiful summer weekend. You can see the road snaking through the trees below-




We stopped to check out Vidae Falls-


Kristhawee at Vidae Falls, Crater Lake National Park, Oregon, USA


Love this pic


This one's a keeper too!


Back in the saddle and ready to roll!
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We return to Rim Village and learn all about the history and folklore surrounding Mount Mazama and Crater Lake.


A reminder to stay back from the cliff edge-


We enjoyed a very interesting presentation by one of the Rangers at the Sinnott Memorial Overlook-


The Ranger told of of how, nearly 7000 years ago, the Klamath Indians witnessed the eruption and collapse of Mount Mazama and subsequent formation over a period of some ~700 years, of Crater Lake. It's quite amazing how closely their ancient legends match what modern day geologists' have discovered. Crater Lake is a sacred place for the Klamath. Their most popular story tells of two Chiefs, Llao of the Below World and Skell of the Above World, pitted in a battle which ended up in the destruction of Llao's home, Mt. Mazama. The battle was witnessed in the eruption of Mt. Mazama and the creation of Crater Lake.

Kristhawee seemed quite fascinated by the whole story and I have to say the Ranger did an amazing job spinning the tale-


The view looking straight down from the overlook. It's hard to get a persepective, but it's about 2000 feet down to the lake!
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