Traveling with girlfriends: Part 1 – Oregon

Now the day has come! For so many weeks/months we’ve been looking forward to the visit of our girlfriends Babsi and Kathi. Full of anticipation we went to the Seattle-Tacoma Airport to pick them up. We tried to get there early, but finding an oversize parking lot seemed to be nearly impossible. Of course we got too late and so they welcomed us. 😉 It felt awesome holding them in our arms after a so long time!

The same day we had booked one night at a motel. So Babsi and Kathi had some time to relax after their 19 hours flight (and we also enjoyed sleeping in a normal bed for a long time 😉  ). The next morning we headed southeast trying to surprise Babsi and Kathi with an unknown destination: A dam good coffee in the restaurant of the Twin Peaks series in Roslyn Washington. There was the original furniture like in the series of the early 90s. At night we stayed at a National Forest close to Ellensburg and had a refreshing “bath” in the river there at 7:00 in the morning. Good start in the day!

Then we passed the Yakima Indian Reservation, entered the awesome River Gorge at Columbia River close to Biggs in Oregon and found a cheap campground at the Deschutes River Junction. We arrived quite early, so we had the whole afternoon for going swimming in the river and lying in the meadows of the park. But there are hundreds of gooses and so you have to put away plenty of poo before you can relax.

The next day we went down on Highway 97 and found a nice campground at Big Rivers State Park south of Bend. It was quite late and so we decided to do a little hike the following day at Sparks Lake, one of the Cascade Lakes. Wow! Such a beautiful area with plenty of bright lakes and lava built mountains! It wasn’t a long hike, but we also enjoyed relaxing and swimming in the cold lake. At night we stayed at the gorgeous and free Lava Flow Campsite by the Devils Lake. We parked directly next to the lake, grilled some brats in the evening and enjoyed the sunset.

Our next destination was the Crater Lake National Park. So we took the West Rim Drive from North. We got many recommendations, seen plenty of pictures and yes indeed: It’s the bluest blue lake we’ve ever seen. The reason is because there is no river or creek running into it, only the water of melting snow and rain. Awesome! We did a walk on the rim by the Discovery Point (great) and a little hike at Godfrey Glen (don’t do that, it’s boring). For Mazama Village you need a reservation weeks before and so we stopped at Union Creek campground at Rogue River.

The Oregon Coast was calling and so we headed west to Gold Beach. We took the pass between Galice and Agness, because it was much shorter than taking another route. Don’t take it, especially with an oversized van! Peppi was sweating for 35 miles with 15 mph trying to keep the vehicle on the narrow single lane and broken road. Finally we reached Gold Beach and the Pacific. It was too cold for swimming, but very beautiful.

The route south on Highway 101 was so scenic. This part of the coast is outstanding with the high cliffs and the rare, but beautiful beaches. We continued, crossed the border to California and wanted to see some big trees, the Red Woods!

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