2014 Western Road Trip Day 23, Tuesday May 27th

We left the Quality Inn right after we finished breakfast. To say this hotel was a dump would be a gross understatement. Later I’ll tell you how I really feel! Any way, Babs and Doe didn’t want to leave until they took one more look at the seals and they cooperated with a wave and a stretch.

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There was also a Coast Guard station there that Babs photographed in honor of our adopted daughter Jenn’s husband Blake who is a Lieutenant in the Coast Guard.

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Our first destination was Oregon Caves National Monument. The travel Route took us through California’s Jedediah Smith Redwood State Park. The park produces some of the greatest views of giant redwood trees. I’m sure pictures can’t possible do justice to them.

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It would take more than 24 people to circle this tree

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This was not the biggest tree in the park

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Most of the largest trees were deeper into the forest

Leaving Jedediah Smith State Park, we moved into the open farm land of the Oregon country side.  There were lots of cows. None of them were contented cows like in California, only well adjusted, laid back cows.IMG_9171

Along the route we crossed through this covered bridge, which was a surprise.

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We followed this beautiful river almost the entire way to Cave Junction where the Oregon Caves Information Center is located.

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These wildflowers line the banks at places.

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As we descended, the sleepy stream came to life

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The water was amazingly clear and blue

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Aside from not running over the homeless person sleeping in the middle of the road entering the center, we heard enough to decide we wouldn’t be taking the cave tour. These reasons included, but not limited to, 500 steps which are slippery and wet, twisting, stooping, and crawling. Passport books were stamped and we were on our way.

Lunch was at Spencer Park, a day use only park next to a trout stream. While we ate lunch we watched fishermen pull out at least ten trout and many more released.

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Much of the road to Crater Lake National Monument is through magnificent forest.

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First we made a stop at the visitors center so Doe could get her passport book stamped and Babs had to play in the snow.

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Crater Lake was formed by a the eruption and collapse of Mt. Mazama 7,000 years ago. The lake which is the ninth deepest lake in the world, surrounds Wizard island which is a small volcano called a cinder cone. The water is absolutely the bluest I’ve ever seen. The ranger said the the water is so clear, you can see a black & white disk down to 150 feet.  The photos are from the west rim because the east rim road is still closed by snow. They receive 40 feet of snow a year.

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I believe that is Mt. Shasta in the background

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This is Wizard Island the volcano that is a cinder cone

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Crater lake surrounds Wizard Island

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Before leaving Crater Lake, we stopped by the lodge to get some pics of the snow depth.

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Crater Lake Lodge

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A lot of the snow has melted

Our Best Western Plus hotel was 45 miles away in Kalamath Falls, OR. We enjoyed some more Oregon scenery on the way.

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Dinner was soup & salad at the hotel, chicken nuggets from Burger King across the street, and yummy cookies fresh baked at the hotel.

Tomorrow, back to California’s Lava Beds National Monument and Whiskey town National recreation Area.

Babs Says: It’s time for bed.

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