Before I begin talking about our time in Oregon, I want to tell you about a stop we made on our way there. Our final stop in California was at the Driftwood RV Resort in Los Molinos. This is a small private campground right on the Sacramento River that has just been taken over by new owners. After we checked in, we were told that we were the only campers and to just drive down to the river, park however we like and make ourselves at home. We ended up parking sideways along the river so that the entire canopy side of the RV was facing the river with just an amazing view. We spent most of our 3 days there just sitting by our site, listening to the birds and entertaining ourselves by watching 2 ospreys that were busy watching over their nest and looking for food in the river. It was an outstanding way to end our time in California. Our next stop was at Crater Lake RV Park in Prospect, Oregon. We ended up with another nice site in a quiet, wooded area with barely any other campers nearby. From here we headed off to Crater Lake National Park not really knowing what to expect. The bad news was that most of the scenic drive around the crater as well as most of the hiking trails were all closed due to snow. Snow banks in the parking lot of the visitor center were well over 15 feet high and many of the buildings were still completely covered in snow. The good news was that even at 7100 feet, it was still 70 degrees outside and all that snow made the area even more beautiful than we could have hoped for. Even with some overcast clouds hovering overhead, the beauty of Crater Lake couldn't be missed. This is another park that we plan on returning to in warmer weather for a different perspective and to enjoy some hiking around the rim of the crater. On the way back to the campground we decided to stop at two of the points of interest in the area that we were told about when we checked in at the campground. Rogue Gorge was an awesome raging river flowing through a beautiful gorge and Natural Bridge was further down that river where the water rushed into underground lava tubes and then came rushing back out of caves further down the river. Both places were well worth the trip. The next day we had breakfast out in a historic local landmark before heading out to visit several scenic spots that we heard about through the campground. We took several hikes through the forest and saw gorgeous waterfalls, loads of rapids and beautiful gorges. Stella was in her glory once again as she ran freely, off leash through many of the trails. Our next stop in Oregon was in Silverton. Silverton is located in the Willamette Valley where it seems that everywhere you look it's green. While in Silverton, we enjoyed a visit to the Oregon Garden. The Oregon Garden is a pet friendly, 80-acre botanical garden, featuring more than 20 specialty gardens showcasing the diverse botanical beauty that can be found in the Willamette Valley and throughout the Pacific Northwest. It was a beautiful place to visit and a great way to end our time here in Oregon. Ed
Ed and Claudia always dreamed of retiring and travelling the country in their motorhome. They retired in 2013 and this is the continuing story of their adventures on the road.