Archive for the ‘Oregon’ Category

2007 08 12 – Big Trip – Day 104 – Lava Beds National Monument

Tuesday, August 14th, 2007

KOA Campground, Mount Shasta Town. Odometer – 9748

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Skull Cave, Lava Beds National Monument, California

We left Oregon today and returned to California after more than 3 months away. After a long and lazy morning, with a tasty breakfast and plenty of frolicking in the playground, we started the long drive south. We stopped in Klamath Falls for gas and groceries, the continued to an obscure park called Lava Beds. (more…)

2007 08 11 – Big Trip – Day 103 – Crater Lake

Tuesday, August 14th, 2007

Crater Lake Resort, fort Klamath, Oregon. Odometer – 9563

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Crater Lake, Oregon

Our campsite is very nice, on the edge of a little creek. Free canoeing is included. This morning Tzach and I took the kids on a short canoe trip that lasted 10 minutes. Each time the canoe rocked a bit, Shir and Orr would complain fearfully. After we let the kids back to shore, the 2 grown up boys managed to capsize and get all wet in the freezing water. We paddled for a bit along the creek and then got back to our fatherly duties.

We drove to Crater Lake and when we finally got to the first viewpoint it was a most remarkable sight. (more…)

2007 08 10 – Big Trip – Day 102 – Driving to Crater Lake

Tuesday, August 14th, 2007

Crater Lake Resort, fort Klamath, Oregon. Odometer – 9476

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Campground Near Forth Klamath, Oregon

Ron was excited today for two reason. We bought marshmallows for desert, and he was going to meet a friend later in the day. We drove a bit over 200 miles inland to the Crater Lake area and met our friends, the Segal family, who drove up from California. It was a happy reunion for all. (more…)

2007 08 09 – Big Trip – Day 101 – Oregon Coast

Tuesday, August 14th, 2007

Jesse Honeyman State Park Campground, Near Florence, Oregon. Odometer – 9255

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Oregon Dunes

The children had a fun day. We had a relative short drive down the coast and reached the Jesse Honeyman State Park which is part of a larger Oregon Sand Dunes State Recreation Area. The dunes stretch for 15 miles along the coast and 2-3 miles inland. The campground is in the state park and I have to say that for a government run establishment it is one of the top campgrounds we have visited. Full hookups, an awesome playground (Ron says), and best of all, the dunes right out the gate. (more…)

2007 08 08 – Big Trip – Day 100 – Oregon Coast

Tuesday, August 14th, 2007

KOA Campground, Waldport, Oregon. Odometer – 9209

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Cape Meares, Oregon Coast

We headed west to drive down the Oregon coast, which was supposed to be very pretty. After driving down over 100 miles we agree. We started on a scenic drive called the Three Capes Scenic Drive.

The first cape, called Meares has a lighthouse that we climbed up to see. The stairs were steep and narrow and we were afraid that the children would fall so we held them tight. The lighthouse, not in use since 1960, had a very expensive lens to help shine its light over 20 miles into the ocean! (more…)

2007 08 07 – Big Trip – Day 99 – Portland

Monday, August 13th, 2007

Jantzen Beach Campground, Portland, Oregon. Odometer – 9028        

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Parrot on Ron's Head, Oregon Zoo, Portland

We spent the day at Oregon Zoo, located in Portland. It was a cloudy day, a bit chilly and we were afraid it might even rain a bit. The kids had a great time seeing all the different animals. It is a pretty good zoo, even though it took us a while to find the animals after entering the zoo grounds. And I finally got to take a picture of a bear. (more…)

2007 08 06 – Big Trip – Day 98 – Columbia River Gorge

Monday, August 6th, 2007

Jantzen Beach Campground, Portland, Oregon. Odometer – 9003

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Multnomah Falls, Columbia River Gorge, Oregon

We had a short distance to cover today, but it was beautiful and scenic. Even the overcast weather did not ruin the beauty. (more…)

2007 08 05 – Big Trip – Day 97 – Mount Rainier National Park

Sunday, August 5th, 2007

KOA Campground, Cascade Locks, Oregon Odometer – 8973

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Paradise Visitors Center, Mount Rainier National Park

Today was sunny and warm. We left the campground as early as we could (10:30am) so we could park in the crowded Paradise parking lot. We got there and saw Mount Rainier (4300m) in its glory, basking in a warm sun without a cloud in site. (more…)