Crater Lake in Oregon was formed as a result of a collapsed volcano about 7,700 years ago. Our next stop was to another collapsed volcano, Paulina Lake. We were fortunate to get a site for one night in Paulina Lake State Park as it was fully booked beginning July 2.
The next morning, we got up early and took a six-mile round-trip hike to Paulina’s Peak, approximately 1,200’ elevation gain.
The first mile was flat through the forest.
The next two miles was a constant elevation gain.
From the peak, you can clearly see Paulina Lake.
Panning to the right, you could see the dried up lava, Big Obsidian Flow, and East Lake.
Below is a shot of both Paulina and East Lake. The two lakes are a result of a volcanic dome pushing up into the middle of a once larger lake.
We didn’t spend much time at the peak as we needed to be out of the campsite by 11:00 a.m. So, we packed up (AGAIN) and headed north towards Bend. We stopped for a late lunch at a restaurant called Crux Fermentation Project. It was a great little place with an outdoor setting for families to hang out with their kids and dogs, and the food (beer?) was great!
Afterwards, we set up camp at La Pine State Park North Loop #127. This campground offered large sites, water & electric, and it was only 30 minutes outside of the town of Bend. I wanted to be close enough to a town that had a Fourth of July parade, and we agreed that we would stay there for the next three nights! Woo hoo!
After relaxing for a bit, we took a fun bike ride on Phil’s Trailhead, and met some fun folks who helped us navigate the trails.
On July 4, we drove back to Bend for their “annual” Pet Parade. It was one of the most entertaining parades I have ever witnessed! While there were mostly dogs in this parade, we did see pet ponies, horses, goats, chickens in coops, boa constrictor, iguana, and a pig in a baby carriage! I took a short video at the start of the parade.
Here is a collection of some of my favorite pets in the parade.
After the parade ended, we walked around Drake Park to check out the holiday festivities. There were multiple food trucks as well as artistic vendors sellingand games for kids. They did NOT have a free beer like they do in my hometown of Oradell, New Jersey. If you wanted an alcoholic drink, you had to go into one of the restaurants. Check out this establishment.
Perhaps the highlight of the day was when I called my momma from the trailer and asked her to sing to me The Star Spangled Banner. It made us both giggle and smile.
The next morning, we left our home of three days and headed east towards Eugene. We had scheduled an appointment for Saturday in Eugene to get new tires put on our trailer. We spent the next two nights at Kamping World Campground in the town of Coburg, just outside of Eugene. It was catch up on laundry time.
On Sunday, July 7th, we celebrated our wedding anniversary. The day began by packing up camp and heading up the coast. We decided to take a break from driving and stopped at Heceta Head Lighthouse State Scenic Park. Listed on the National Register of Historical Places, it claims to be one of the most photographed lighthouses in the world. The walk up to the lighthouse was a bit steep, but the view was beautiful!
Next, we hiked up many steps and switchbacks on the opposite side of the lighthouse.
I had to stop close to the top to catch my breath.
Seeing this view of the ocean was completely worth it.
After the hike, we found a campground in Florence at Pacific Pines RV Park for one night. Then, we went out to dinner to celebrate our 15th Wedding Anniversary. What? Yes. It had been five years since we said our “I Do’s” on Long’s Peak, plus another ten years for one year of living together 24/7 full-timing. If you ever full time, you will understand and agree with my calculation.
The following day, we continued north on 101. The views are so spectacular as you drive parallel to the water, especially when you see the Tsunami warning sign (zoom in to see the sign). The elevation along the coastline of Oregon changes every so often, and there are signs warning you when you enter a Tsunami Evacuation Zone.
We stopped at Cape Perpetual Area and hiked Captain Cook Trail.
First, we hiked up Captain Cook Trail. The views at the top are breathtaking!
Below are closer views with Scott’s camera.
Next, we headed back down to walk along the shore. Below is a picture taken as we were approaching the beach.
As you head out towards the water and to the left, you walk around tide pools and on uneven and slippery rocks covered with mussel shells.
It was a bit freaky to be walking over the mussels that I love to eat.
The next picture is of Thor’s Well. At high tide, you can see water splashing up out of the well into the air. Unfortunately, it was low tide.
Scott wanted to get closer to the edge and ventured on without me.
After the hike, we drove a bit farther to Cape Lookout State Park and was lucky enough to find a site about a five minute walk to the water.
We parked and took our chairs down by the water. I was pleasantly surprised to see people/kids swimming in the ocean! We sat in our chairs and watched while contemplating whether or not we should put our suits on and go in.
Scott pretended to go for a swim. He is dead center in the below picture.
The next morning, I took a stroll alone on the beach.
It wasn’t long before I came across a stream cutting a path from the land to the ocean.
I was too nervous to cross over it for fear that it would be deeper upon my return, so I retreated back to the campsite. Silly, right?
Our next stop is Portland. We spent hours driving through city traffic which is something that we do not miss. Eventually, we got off Hwy 84 and onto Hwy 30, which is a winding two-lane, scenic road that runs parallel to 84. There are a five different waterfalls cascading over the walls of the Columbia River Gorge that are reached from Historic Hwy 30. We stopped at Crown Point Vista House and took some pictures of the view. Scott is taking a picture of the Columbia River Gorge. On the opposite side of the river is the state of Washington.
And, here is his photo.
We wanted to stay outside of Portland, even though we planned to spend some time there. We booked Crown Point RV Park in Corbett for three nights. It was a self check-in and this owner left us treats! This was a first.
Multnomah Falls is the most popular of the five along the Gorge. When we passed it on the way to our campground, there was no parking available. We actually set up camp, ate dinner, and headed out around 7:00 p.m. in the rain. There were NO crowds and plenty of parking. LOL
We started at Latourell Falls and continued on to Bridal Veil Falls, Wahkeena Falls, and finally the famous Multnomah Falls.
The next day we hiked 11 miles round-trip on Timberline Trail #600 at Mt. Hood. Talk about green scenery. Is it this green in Ireland???
The flowers were so vibrant. These are just a few that we saw.
Beargrass was plentiful in this area. You can see the growth pattern in the pictures below.
While it was a perfect day for hiking (cool, light rain), it was too cloudy to see Mt. Hood. We stopped to eat lunch with the hope that the clouds would roll by to reveal the hidden mountain. Not a chance.
Knowing that driving around the city of Portland the next day could create unnecessary tension, we elected to take mass transportation. Don’t we look happy and excited to be on the morning local train?
Portland is your typical big city with the big name stores, lots of places to eat and drink, and plenty of tourists. Apparently, donuts are extremely popular here. We passed a store called Voodoo Doughnut, but the length of the line outside thwarted our desires.
So, instead of getting a donut, I got a picture of the menu. Voodoo Bubble? Would it taste like a piece of gum??
A little later when I stopped at an Athleta store to shop, Scott found Nola’s.
Then we spotted a guy walking into a building with his dog. I wanted to see what building he had entered. Wow! This was a surprise for me. It was the company that my daughter worked at for three years in New York City. They have a bring your dog to work policy.
Our next stop was Washington Park. We had limited time, so we had to choose from so many attractions. There is a beautiful memorial there for Vietnam Veterans. We walked for over an hour, stopping at each plaque, and reading the names of those who died in service. In addition to the names, each plaque had inscriptions for that time period that occurred in the world as well as locally in Portland. It was very moving.
It was time to get back on the train and head west to Beaverton. We were meeting family (Amiee and Jay) for dinner at a popular, local Food Court.
We were having such a good time together, that I forgot to get a picture of us. There WILL be a next time. It was a long, fun day with the highlight upon us. We would now get on the train back to our campground in Corbett for almost two hours. Next stop is Whidbey Island, Washington.