"It is in the wild places, where the edge of the earth meets the corners of the sky, the human spirit is fed." Art Wolf

Friday, June 26, 2015

More Exploring in Oregon

More exploring, after laundry, of course.  Before scamper back into the forest I did spend two nights at a Passport America park near La Pine.  Electricity, TV news and laundry for $1. and 60 minutes of drying for $1.  It doesn't take much to excite RV travelers.   After the laundry was complete, Audrey and I took a day drive up to Paulina Lake.

Mountains for those folks that live in flat places....

Most of us have read these explanations of how we have changed the "health" of forests before but it is still a reminder that it is human behavior that has put so much of our forests in danger.   Now when they burn....everything is destroyed.

Paulina Lake. Looks like a nice place to stop for awhile, unless what you really wanted was an unlimited hot shower, unlimited electric and cheap laundry within walking distance of the rig.   Maybe next time through.

A couple of campers play in the water.

The Springer was retrieving a tennis ball. The Golden was too busy playing, "Hop around and splash the water with my front feet and try to catch it in my mouth."   Wheeeeeeee.....

A view from Paulina Peak.   I would not have thought to drive up except that the young woman at the CG desk recommended "The Peak."    It was narrow, curvy, dirty, dusty and washboardy most of the way up, but, hey, haven't I driven in Alaska and Mexico?   Besides, I was in the Honda Fit and she will go most anywhere. (As my friend Nan has also demonstrated in her Canadian adventures.)

There are actually two lakes within Newberry Caldera.

A lava flow because I know how much Mitch loves lava.....

Luckily, little Honda has a first gear and we used it often.

Trees in the campground.

Observed on our hike to Toketee Falls, a huge wooden pipe line which is part of a hydroelectric project and built in 1949.   

Some aging seems to have occurred but it is amazing to look at the craftsmanship.

walking towards the falls.

Mitch with the trusty trail hiking companion, Stuart.

Mitch had I had driven up the road and looked through a couple of other available CG closer to Crater Lake National Park but then the tenters moved out of the spot on the river and consensus was that neither campground had anything left (that wasn't already reserved or parked in) through the weekend.   I decided that driving the extra miles would be worth it.   And, yes, those trees really do make it cooler. There is even a slight breeze in the warmest part of the afternoon.   If it gets too warm over the weekend I can always walk the few steps over to the river/creek just visible to the left in the picture and wade around.  I know Stuart would like that solution.

"You know it is a good site when the GHL gets the x-pens out," observes all the puppers. "Means she will sit outside and do that reading thing in the shade."

When you have the best sites, sometimes you might be bothered by neighbors checking out your water front property. And their little "almost" white dog, too!

"Hey, you cute thing! Come over here and I can sniff your butt. Mitch isn't even looking. You know you want me to....." whispers Remi.

Playing with a black "stuffy", Audrey isn't even wondering just how far she has slipped from that "I'm a show dog" look.

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