Ok lemme see. We worked our way down the coast and as I said, it was amazing. We camped at a state park near Coos Bay, Oregon that night. Kim has recently taken up running for exercise. I've been running for years. So we found a golf course and did a few miles. Really beautiful. Unfortunately, I didn't get a pic of our campsite that night (the only one I missed, doh!) There was this nice stream nearby:
It took Kim a while to get used to my propensity for suddenly pulling off the road to take a picture. She just followed a bit further back. What a patient girl!
So we left Coos bay the next morning headed for Crater Lake. It was my intention to camp up there. On the way, though, we ran into a couple of Harley guys, and they steered us to Diamond Lake. I got a photo of their bikes, but not them!:
One of the guys ran snow cat at Daimond for years. He said it was a nicer place to stay. I fished there as a kid and had a vague picture in my mind of the campground. It was as pretty as I remember:
Kim is trying to simultaneously text her sister and swat mosquitoes. She is like a bug magnet! We were able to get a site right on the lake. Had a dinner of convenience store food and beer. It was a good evening.
I was up early the next morning and took a few pics for Kim. She loved this place and wanted it recorded! Here are a few:
After a breakfast of fignutens and water, we were on our way. We were getting good at breaking down camp. The first morning took about 2 hours. The second about half that.
So the first stop was Crater Lake. I was by there when I was a kid, but not since. Kim had never been. It is only about 20 miles from Diamond lake to the rim of Crater. As we entered the park, we came out of the trees into this:
The sign said "Pumice Desert," or something like that. My bride:
When we made to the rim where you can see into the crater, it was about 0900 hrs. The light was nice. But it was cold up there. I think the elevation is about 7000 feet, so we were glad we stayed at Diamond lake! Here are a few shots of the area:
I get bored quickly so I fished a bag of peanuts from my pack and found some friendly chipmonks:
Looking back to the North:
As much as I loved the beauty of the park, I was more moved by the closeness I felt with Kim. Here I am, it the middle of doing something I love, and my wife is right there with me. It doesn't get much cooler than that.
More to come. Next chapter: Bend, Or., Idaho, Wyoming.