Quiet mornings at Crater Lake

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We’re starting day five of our road trip through northern California and Oregon. The last two nights my friends and I stayed at Crater Lake Lodge and enjoyed the amazing views outside our window and from the porch of the lodge.

Yesterday we split up and one of us hiked up a ridge (that was not me) and the other two of us hiked down into a small canyon with a burbling, spring-fed, very cold creek running along the bottom. The hike down was challenging for me in certain places since I’m afraid of falling. This makes me not much use driving through the mountains, either, but we’re managing.

Watching the dawn creep over the lake is something I’m going to miss, but we have to check out today and get back on the road. We’re on our way to Portland where we’ll complete the last leg of our journey before high-tailing it back to the Bay Area. I’m drinking all this pleasure and joy in and storing it up for later as much as possible: laughing with friends, beautiful nature, and excellent food.

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Vacation time!

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I’m on vacation with friends, road-tripping from Silicon Valley to Portland with stops at Redwood National Park and Crater Lake National Park. We drove through Humboldt State Park and the stunning Avenue of the Giants yesterday and arrived in Eureka, CA last night.

Today we made it to Fern Canyon in Redwood National Park. The hike into the canyon involves walking along (and sometimes through) a stream bed. I liked the way the light struck this tangle of fallen trees.

Tomorrow we leave Eureka and will drive up the coast to Crescent City before turning inland towards Crater Lake. Today was so amazing that I’m not sure how the rest of the trip can compare, but we’re going to give it our best. 🙂