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sunny 85 °F

Yes, we are still here at Stewart State Park. Why, you might ask. The truck was in sick bay, yet again:(. The fuel pump went the other day and it took 2 days to get the correct one and install it. So we enjoyed our imposed relaxing time here at the park! We got it back yesterday and today's adventure took us to a dentist for Don :(. He has been having some tooth issues and we hope everything will be good now, at least until we get back to Florida. No new pictures, because they don't want to upload here, but there should be some tomorrow.

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Beautiful Days in Oregon

sunny 80 °F

Yesterday and today we did a fair amount of hiking. We went to the Rogue River Gorge which was really beautiful.
Rogue River Gorge

Rogue River Gorge

Rogue River Gorge

Rogue River Gorge

Rogue River Gorge

Rogue River Gorge

The gorge was formed by the volcano and it is only about 500 feet long, but very nice. The river comes rushing into the gorge and tumbles all over itself and the rocks. The most interesting part is when it disappears. The river goes into a lava tube. A lava tube is formed when the basalt cooled quicker than the lava, so the molten lava flowed out and left a tube in the rock. There are many of these along this gorge and other volcanic places as well. Where the river goes into the tube a natural bridge is formed. When the water is high you can't really see the bridge or the tubes, but when it is low all the water goes into the tubes. Pretty cool!
We also did some hiking on our side of Lost Creek Lake, which is a man made lake formed by a dam.
Lost Creek Lake

Lost Creek Lake

Lost Creek Lake

Lost Creek Lake

Lost Creek Lake

Lost Creek Lake

It is a beautiful lake used for recreation and flood control. The weather has been beautiful here, maybe 80, always sunny, down to the 50s at night. Love it :)
Pix don't want to load. Maybe tomorrow:(

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Finally, a new state:)

sunny 80 °F

Yes, we are out of California and into Oregon. This is the first time for us, so everything is new.
Mt Shasta

Mt Shasta

The drive yesterday included some spectacular views of snow-capped Mt Shasta!
Mt Shasta

Mt Shasta

We are so surprised to see the snow at this time of the year. We stayed in Medford because we couldn't get into the place we wanted.
Our campsite

Our campsite

Great spot for a campsite

Great spot for a campsite

Today we arrived early and got a site in Joseph Stewart State Recreation Area. We are about 35 miles from Crater Lake National Park and really enjoying this State Park. It reminds us so much of New York State Parks, that we feel right at home. This is the first time we feel like we are actually camping! We have shade and grass and views of the lake. Very relaxing.
Stewart State Park

Stewart State Park

Campfire!

Campfire!


Yesterday the temperature got to 90, but today it only hit 80. What a treat!

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What a damn (dam) place!

sunny 100 °F

We had some housekeeping things to do today, so we stayed another day.
Sacramento River below the dam

Sacramento River below the dam

Since we had time, we went to the Shasta Dam. It is the second largest dam and had the same head engineer as the Hoover Dam. We arrived at just the right time to take the tour. First we went through security. Man, they didn't mess around. We had to remove belts, empty pockets, turn on cameras and cell phones and we couldn't bring anything other than a wallet, cell phone, keys and a camera! So we took the elevator down 400 something feet to almost the bottom of the spillway.
Don near the bottom of the spillway

Don near the bottom of the spillway

Wow, did it look immense!
Looking down the spillway

Looking down the spillway


Turbines

Turbines

We went into the room with the turbines and everything looked new.The dam was actually built from 1938 to 1944! It was built to withstand an earthquake with an 8.5 magnitude, so we all felt quite safe down below.
Train tunnel for diverting the river

Train tunnel for diverting the river

There were three reasons for building the dam; flood control, irrigation of crops inland and power. Remember the aqueducts in the San Joaquin Valley? This is where the water comes from. The power produced here goes all over, from Texas to North Dakota. The lake formed by the dam is the largest lake in California and a big recreation area. There is not much swimming, but lots of boating, especially houseboats.
Mt Shasta

Mt Shasta

Mt Shasta

Mt Shasta

The most beautiful part of the dam has to be the view of snow-covered Mt Shasta, which is 60 miles away! It was 100 again today, but when we went down inside the dam it was a pleasant 65! On the road tomorrow:)

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Volcanoes and bears and snow, oh my!

And Happy Birthday, as well:)

sunny 81 °F

Today is our younger son, Justin's, 29th birthday! Yikes, next year he'll be thirty! We hope you had a great ending to your birthday week, Justin:)
Mt. Lassen

Mt. Lassen

Mt. Lassen

Mt. Lassen

We had a wonderful day at Lassen Volcanic National Park. It was 45 miles from here, so we started out early. We didn't get to see all of it, but we really enjoyed what we saw.
Manzanita Lake

Manzanita Lake

Manzanita Lake

Manzanita Lake

Manzanita Lake

Manzanita Lake

Manzanita Lake

Manzanita Lake

The park was started mostly due to a photographer by the name of B.F. Loomis. He was so taken with the volcanic area that he photographed it frequently. He and his wife we right there when the volcano erupted in 1915 and again he photographed it. We were able to do quite a bit of hiking today.
Hiking

Hiking

Hiking

Hiking

Hiking

Hiking

One hike went through the forest where there had been quite a burn. On one side of the trail everything was black, and on the other, it was all green!
Snow!

Snow!

Snow!

Snow!

Once we got to the higher elevations there was still lots of snow. We could see hikers way up sliding down on the snow and we stopped to play, as well. One spot we stopped at had others playing in the snow. Bears, that is!
Mama bear

Mama bear

Cub in the snow

Cub in the snow

There was mama and her two cubs. The little ones were frolicking in the snow while mama was out in the meadow foraging for food. It was pretty neat to see them, but we kept our distance. The difference in temperature between Redding and Lassen was quite astounding. It was much cooler at Lassen, of course we were at a much higher elevation. Probably the highest we got to was 7400', and the warmest it was there was 81. When we returned in the late afternoon the temperature continued to climb until it was 100 in Redding! We liked it much better at Lassen:)
Sundial Bridge lit up at night

Sundial Bridge lit up at night

Sundial Bridge lit up at night

Sundial Bridge lit up at night

Sundial Bridge lit up at night

Sundial Bridge lit up at night

Sundial Bridge lit up at night

Sundial Bridge lit up at night

After dinner we went back to the Sundial Bridge because we heard that they light it up. Well, they do and it is pretty cool looking. There are lights beneath the glass floor and it looks wonderful all lit up. The only bad part about it is you can see all the spiders that live under the bridge due to the insects that are there:( We were very surprised at the number of people that were there, also.

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