Welcome to Oregon

September 16 -17, 2013

It wasn’t the warmest welcome we’ve ever received pulling into a campground.  Mr. and Mrs. Grumpy the Bear were the camp hosts.  Even cheerful Amelia couldn’t soften up their nicotine fueled sarcasm.  Maybe it was because Collier Memorial State Park was closing in two weeks for the season and they would be without jobs.  Who knows.

Our first night was a thrill.  Lightening that lit up the inside of the Airstream, immediately followed by a booming thunder.  Immediately as in maybe two seconds.  And it went on for several hours during the middle of the night.

The next day, Sept 17th, it was 36 degrees and snowing in Crater Lake.  Though we only caught glimpses of the lake it sure was beautiful.

A canyon before the entrance to Crater Lake National Park.

A canyon before the entrance to Crater Lake National Park.

Wooden snow poles with reflector tape. I don't know if this is an Oregon thing or a National Park thing, but it sure is more aesthetically pleasing than the orange metal poles in Mammoth.

Wooden snow poles with reflector tape. I don’t know if this is an Oregon thing or a National Park thing, but it sure is more aesthetically pleasing than the orange metal poles in Mammoth.

Talk  about role reversal.  Usually I’m the one who’s dying to urinate, but when we got to the rim village overlook Amelia had to go so bad she couldn’t wait.  The weather was quickly changing.  The next 5 photos are what happened in 60 seconds.  She was in the bathroom and missed the only chance she had for the view.

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Here’s the rest of the pics.

Pinnacles, in the lower warmer part of the park.

Pinnacles, in the lower warmer part of the park.

More pinnacles.

More pinnacles.

Brr!

Brr!

Cloudcap Bay overlook on September 17th.

Cloudcap Bay overlook on September 17th.

I was lucky and caught a model during a photo shoot for some euro magazine.

I was lucky and caught a model during a photo shoot for some euro magazine.

Next stop Bend & Sisters!

5 thoughts on “Welcome to Oregon

  1. Hi guys! I know you all do your homework and all, but I can’t help wonder whether you two were ready for such cold weather. Being the prepared couple that you are, you had the proper clothing, but were you really thinking it would be this cold? Wait, my beautiful smart daughter who thinks she knows it all, just informed me that you can look up the weather any where you will be traveling. What do I know, I am just a mexican that still lives in the pre technology era.

    Once again, love those pics and the scenery. Keep them coming!

    Irma

  2. Yep. it’s cold there. First time I ever saw snow was at Crater Lake, when I was 10. It was the middle of August, and the snow banks were taller than I was. So it looks to me like you’re getting off easy!

  3. My sore side from the Mckenzie River trail fall hurts when I laughed at your 60 seconds of Crater Lake View. At least you captured it for Amy! Had a blast riding with you guys here in Oregon. We are sitting in the Flying Cloud on a mesa at Cove Palisades by Lake Billy Chinook and planning a hike. No rain! No wind! Clouds everywhere!

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