After a few cool and foggy days on the coast we decided to head inland for a change. Our route from Bandon took us out into some nice wine country and then followed alongside the North Umpqua River until we reached Crater Lake National Park.
Coffee break by the river.
Crater Lake is basically an old volcano filled with water. There is a road circling the entire crater rim and there are plenty of short trails that lead up to the top of the rim where you can find a quiet spot to sit and check out the view.
There were no vacancies at the car camping site, so after cooking up a nice dinner in the van we packed up our gear and hiked into a camp spot with our tents, just in time for sunset.
In the morning we headed back to the van for brekkie. The lake was amazingly calm and we had it all to ourselves, except for a few critters.
We’ve been told that this is the clearest body of water to be found anywhere in the world, which is easily believable once you see it.
There is only one steep winding path that leads down to the lake, well worth the effort for a dip in the cold clear water.
The water was crystal clear and we could see the rainbow trout and kokanee salmon cruising along the rock ledges. Unfortunately, they were not interested in my lures.
After driving the circuit around the crater rim we descended back into the forest and pointed the van towards San Fran.
Ok we’re back!! We are really behind with the blog posts. After Portland, Mark spilt water on the computer which has set us back a bit. The clumsy accident is usually more up my alley, so I have been relishing in the role reversal. Initially we were told it would be $700 to fix, however, after a second opinion and $120 later we are back in the world of the connected.
It is difficult to think as far back as Portland now…but I’ll do my best. What stood out to us was how bike friendly the city is. Even though we were initially staying in a dodgy motel out in woop woop, everything was really accessible on our bikes. We were finally glad to have lugged them all this way. The best was realizing we were waiting at a traffic light behind 5 bikes and only 1 car. We spent our last two nights at the White Eagle (photo below), after a tip from a local guy.
We spent a total of five nights in the city and did our best to wine and dine on a budget. Happy hour is awesome for the unemployed. Lots of bars and restaurants have great deals from about 4 to 6pm. A dozen oysters for $16 was a highlight. It was $5 burger week while we were there and the food trucks were also delicious and budget friendly.
After all the eating and drinking and money spending we thought that we’d better lay low for a day and hit the Wildwood Trail for some exercise. Portland has a massive park system with beautiful forest trails. En route, we visited the Pittock Mansion with its beautiful garden and amazing view of the city.
After a weekend at Pickathon, you’d think that we would’ve had our dose of live music for a while. Nope…not for Marky. We ended up seeing Magic Mouth, a local Portland band, and San Cisco, an Aussie band which were both lots of fun. The highlight was probably Rhye at the Aladdin Theatre. Just awesome. It took us a little bit by surprise when we were expecting the lead singer to be a pretty lady and it turned out to be a dude. I think it just made his voice even more amazing!!
Please excuse the token coffee photo, but I think it is close to the best coffee I have ever had.
On a clear day you can see Mt Hood from Portland. We had hot sunny days while we were there, but decided to drive out of the city for a closer look .