Category Archives: Oregon

The Pure Water of Crater Lake

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.  OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

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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. 18 Crater Lake - 03

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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. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

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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. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

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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. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

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. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

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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. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

After driving the circuit around the crater rim we descended back into the forest and pointed the van towards San Fran.

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Oregon Coast

After our busy week in Portland we were both feeling pretty run down and needed some time to relax and recuperate.  We headed out of town along the Columbia Gorge and found a campground to hang out and rest up for a couple of days.IMG_6803 OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

We had no real plans from here on in, and we had heard good things about Highway 101 through Oregon, so we headed for the coast. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

The 101 winds its way along the rugged coastline and passes through a bunch of seaside villages and towns.  With no schedule to keep to, we did short driving days, and stopped early in the afternoon whenever we found a nice campsite.  This gave us plenty of time to explore the trails and beaches and catch some good sunsets. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

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Portland – Life in the Bike Lane

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.

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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. 

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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.

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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!!

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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 .

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