Father and Son Road Trip- 9 States, 2 Months, 6500 Miles!

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  1. VietHorse

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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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    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.
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    Kristhawee was keen to go for a hike :evil
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    Nice trail with educational signs along the way-
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    Kristhawee was having fun learning all about the amazing reproductive cycle of salmon and trout-
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    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!
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    The interpretive trail was an unexpected surprise and made our stay at the Bear Wallow Creek Campground all the more memorable-
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    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! :clap
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    Woke up in the wee hours FREEZING my arse off! :huh 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) :eek1
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    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-
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    He wasn't too keen to leave his warm sleeping bag- love his expression in this pic-
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    On the road headed West.
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    The heated seats and grips on the Land Yacht proved useful.

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    Beautiful road!
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    The 395 Pendleton John Day Highway was fantastic! We saw quite a few bikes on this road.
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    Zoomin :evil
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    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-
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    With a name like that it's gotta be good, right? :evil

    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.
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    We've left the forests behind and are now approaching Picture Gorge and the John Day Fossil Beds National Monument-
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    It was getting pretty hot now so we pressed on through the National Monument-
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    "Journey Through Time" Oregon Scenic Byway-
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    The road through Picture Gorge was pretty cool-
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    We're getting closer to Bend; only 32 miles to Mitchell-
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    The Old West Scenic Bikeway was a really fun road!
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    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-
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    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-
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    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-
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    Our first glimpse of Mount Bachelor!
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    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-
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    Once we got past Mt Bachelor the construction ended and the road was in much better shape-
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    Mount Bachelor is only one of many volcanoes that makes up the Cascade Range- I think this might be Broken Top Mountain?
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    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-
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    Not a bad spot!
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    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! :eek1
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    C'mon Kristhawee- don't make me splash you! :evil
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    Brrrr! That was a cold and invigorating swim!
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    Let's get you into some warm clothes and build a nice fire-
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    The view from our campground- looking east:
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    Looking northeast-
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    And to the southeast-
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    Good Morning from Point Campground on Elk Lake, Cascades Scenic Byway, Oregon!
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    The nice couple in the site next to ours gave us some fresh blueberries which certainly livened up our breakfast! :dg

    On the road again! Cascade Lakes Oregon Scenic Byway-
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    Very short ride today to Crater Lake National Park-
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    The road passes through some huge lava flows-
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    What a beautiful day! Not a cloud in the sky!
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    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 [​IMG]
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hZx7FMVCGoQ
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    Approaching Crater Lake National Park-
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    30 more miles to go!
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    Winema National Forest
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    Volcanic Legacy Oregon Scenic Byway-
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    Umpqua National Forest-
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    I see snow!! :clap


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    It's a beautiful ride up to the rim of the caldera-
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    This road is only open during the summer and is buried deep under the snow in the winter-
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    Our first glimpse of Crater Lake- Wow!!! :clap
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    Crater Lake is the deepest lake in the US and the 2nd deepest in North America.
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    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!
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    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-
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    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-
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    Surprisingly little traffic considering it's a weekend-
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    Even with all the snow it's quite warm up here at ~7000ft
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    The West Rim Drive is a fantastic road!
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    I believe that's Hillman Peak on the left-
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    Not a cloud in the sky!
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    Gorgeous views from Rim Village- Crater Lake and Wizard Island-
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    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-
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    We take a left onto East Rim Drive. Looking back the way we've come-
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    My little guy is zonked out :D
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    Yeah! We scored a great spot at the Lost Creek Campground!
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    While I set up camp Kristhawee went exploring-
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    Lost Creek has been found :evil
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    Nice spot, but the pine beetles are really doing a number on the trees... :cry
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    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! :evil
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    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-
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    We stopped to check out Vidae Falls-
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    Kristhawee at Vidae Falls, Crater Lake National Park, Oregon, USA :clap
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    Love this pic :D
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    This one's a keeper too!
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    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.
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    A reminder to stay back from the cliff edge-
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    We enjoyed a very interesting presentation by one of the Rangers at the Sinnott Memorial Overlook-
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    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-
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    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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    Next we went to a Junior Ranger activity where the kids got to make a volcano and re-create the eruption of Mount Mazama and formation of Crater Lake-
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    The balloon is the magma chamber and the kids are creating Mount Mazama over it-
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    Mount Mazama is about to "erupt"! :evil
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    Boom! (or pop, as it were) I LOL'd at the kid on the left covering his ears :rofl
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    And voila- Mount Mazama blew it's top, the Magma chamber collapsed leaving the caldera which filled with rain and snow and became Crater Lake :clap
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    We finished the Junior Ranger workbook and Kristhawee earned his Crater Lake National Park Junior Ranger Badge! :clap
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    Good job Kristhawee! I'm so proud of you!! :smile6
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    We wandered around Rim Village a bit more, taking in the sights-
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    Bought some picnic supplies at the General Store, hit the drinking fountain, and then we jumped back on the bike to ride to the base of the Watchman Peak Trail.
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    Riding north along the West Rim Drive, we catch occasional glimpses of Crater Lake on our right-
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    There's Watchman Peak, and if you look closely you can see the historic stone fire lookout on top-
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    Not many cars or people in the Watchman Overlook parking area. The beginning of the trail is an old road which you can see in the background-
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    It's about a mile from the parking lot to the top, and about a 400 foot ascent.
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    The Watchman Trail sign at the trailhead-
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    Gorgeous view of Wizard Island in the late afternoon sun-
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    Let's go!
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    West Rim Drive on the right, Watchman Trail on the left-
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    Starts out easy enough-
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    Snow! :clap
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    Uh oh, somebody's after me! :evil
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    Snowball fight!
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    More snow-
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    Somebody getting tired already??
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    C'mon little dude- it's not much farther to the top!
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    As I wait for the little guy I snap some wildflowers by the trail-
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    Not at the top yet, but already some amazing views-
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    I'm rather surprised to spot this large bird at this altitude. Too big to be a grouse. About the same size as a pheasant, but doesn't look like any pheasant I've ever seen. Not sure what it is?
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    Yeah, we made it to the top!! :clap
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    What a view!
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    I ask a sexy German girl to take our picture-
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    Father and son on Watchman Peak, Crater Lake National Park, Oregon, USA!
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    What a great spot for a picnic!
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    On the way down Kristhawee makes friends with a bunch of college co-eds and forgets all about me :evil
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    Nice girls and they love my kid, but alas they were staying at Mazama and we're at Lost Creek... ah well :1drink

    Kristhawee asks me, in all seriousness, if he can go with them :rofl
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    I want to get back to Lost Creek before dark, but the girls invite us for ice cream at Mazama Village. How could I refuse? :evil

    I don't generally like riding at dusk, but I get the impression deer don't come up this high, or at least I hope that's the case.
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    Enjoyed ice cream with the girls at Mazama Village and picked up some essential supplies at the General Store-
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    Nice Rack IPA :1drink

    Once the sun went down the temperature dropped quickly. Again I was thankful for the heated seats and grips on the Land Yacht. We made it back to our campground safely and Kristhawee helped me build a big fire. :kumbaya
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    He's a pyromaniac just like his dad :lol3
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    Making music with my empty bottle-
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    A few pages from the Jungle Book and he was gone-
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    Good night my beloved son- sweet dreams!
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    Good morning from Lost Creek Campground, Crater Lake National Park!
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    Today we're headed to California! :clap An interesting sidecar rolled by as we were packing up our site-
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    Bunch of Harleys at the south entrance of Crater Lake National Park-
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    Pleasant morning, the beautiful weather continues! Riding past Klamath Lake-
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    Approaching the California border, 53 miles to Weed! :evil
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    Our first glimpse of Mount Shasta far off in the distance-
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    Welcome to California!! :clap
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    Like father like son, Tony.
    You may recall some similar cases around 20-30years ago. :freaky
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    Woohoo! Welcome to California! :clap Butte Valley National Grassland-
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    Off in the distance we see Mount Shasta-
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    Beautiful!
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    Grass Lake Station, Klamath National Forest-
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    What a view!
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    Shasta-Trinity National Forests-
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    The snow looks cool, but it's getting quite hot-
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    We stopped in the funky town of Weed for fuel and lunch. The Hi-Lo Cafe was packed and serving up some great food-
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    After lunch I dropped the Land Yacht :eek1 I'd parked it in kind of a tight spot on an incline and as I wrestled it up off the side stand it just kept going, toppling over onto the right side. (Because of the slope, when I went to put my right foot down, I only found air; by the time I reached the ground, the bike was already past the point of no return.

    Damn it's a heavy beast, full tank of gas, and my son strapped on the back. Kinda funny actually. Kristhawee was hanging there in his harness trying to decide if he should cry or not, which gave me the giggles, which set him off, and there we are, laughing our butts off in the parking lot of the Hi-Lo while passer-bys are giving us strange looks.

    A really nice off-duty fireman who was built like a linebacker saw the whole thing, came over and told me there was no way I'd pick that bike up by myself, which was probably true. I removed my son and emptied the top box and panniers and we got the beast back on its feet.

    The cool thing is, the engineers at Bayerische Motoren Werke had forseen that numpties like me would be dropping their Land Yacht and they designed the bike with this in mind. There are big solid crash bars built into the sides of the bike, hidden under some black trim, and this keeps the bike from going all the way over.

    We rolled out of Weed, pride a bit scuffed, bike undamaged :rofl
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    From Weed we jumped on the Interstate 5 down to the 89.
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    Nice views of Mt Shasta from the West-
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    While my goal on this trip was to avoid interstate highways as much as possible, this section of I5 was quite pleasant.

    Passing Black Butte-
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    A closer look at Black Butte-
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    Off the I-5 and on to State Highway 89 headed east-
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    91 more miles to Lassen National Park!
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    Had the road mostly to ourselves through the Trinity-Shasta National Forests-
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    Beautiful road, with an occasional nice curve thrown in-
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    103 degrees Fahrenheit (about 40 C)! :eek1 It was very hot, but a dry heat, bearable as long as we kept moving-
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    Lassen National Forest!
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    Hot and dry- fire restrictions in effect!
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    We made it!!! Scored the next to last campsite in the Manzanita campground (so lucky!!!) and headed down to the lake to cool off-
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    Kristhawee at Manzanita Lake, Lassen Volcanic National Park, California, USA!
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    Ah that nice cool water felt good after a hot day on the bike!
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    Tons of wildlife around the lake- we saw ducks, deer, eagles, hawks, turtles and something that looked like either a beaver or an otter, not suite sure which. Kristhawee enjoyed chasing the ducks :evil
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    Checking out some big pine cones-
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    We scored a nice big site in the Manzanita Lake campground-
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    Kristhawee was very happy to see that there were a bunch of kids in the site adjacent to ours and he made friends quickly and even got invited over for pancakes in the morning :dg
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    They were a really nice family from the Bay Area, father originally from Spain. Amazing and heartwarming hospitality :norton
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    Kristhawee with his new girlfriends :killen
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    Time to hit the road!
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    Highway 89 through Lassen Volcanic National Park is a fantastic ride-
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    There were controlled burns taking place in the park so it was a bit smoky and hazy.
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    It was another warm day, but got cooler as we climbed to higher elevations-
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    Very smoky in some areas-
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    Gorgeous road, too bad the views are partially obscured by the smoke-
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    Chased down a heavily loaded GS-
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    We're coming up to an area called the Sulfur Works-
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    We stopped at the Sulfur Works to check out the geothermal features-
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    Stinky!
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    Some beautiful colors from the minerals and bacteria-
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    Kristhawee at the Sulfur Works, Lassen Volcanic National Park, California, USA!
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    Looking back the way we came-
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    I ask Kristhawee if he's up for a hike to the Ridge Lakes? He's up for it! Let's go!
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    The hike up to the Ridge Lakes was challenging and rewarding. It's only about a mile up to the lakes, but you gain over 1000 feet in elevation, so it's a pretty steep trail.
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    Up up up!
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    Looking back and down at highway 89
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    Kristhawee was a trooper and we made slow but steady progress up the mountain-
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    Highway 89 is shrinking below us as we climb-
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    The Ridge Lakes Trail passes by some hot springs-
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    It's a bit of a scramble to get down to the hot springs-
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    Getting back up wasn't so easy either :evil
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    Up and up we continue to climb-
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    Sulfur Creek burbles cheerfully through the meadow and along the trail-
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    Wow- I wasn't expecting this- huge fields of wildflowers! Mules Ear, Indian Paintbrush and Lupine-
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    Beautiful!!
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    An entire slope in bloom!
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