Couple trips to east side of Cascades, Oregon
Had good weather for both trips and nice camp sites.
First, I went just over the border to Tule Lake, but it seems California doesn't have much for water. Rattlesnake country for sure. Didn't stay long, everything was brown. As soon as I got back to Oregon, things were green. Went up to Lake of the Woods CG, then down to Chiloquin and the Williamson River.
Second trip, up the McKenzir River, stopped at Sahalie Falls and Koosah Falls, checked out some campgrounds, then over to Metolius River. Many fishermen along the river. Dog and I walked up to the fish hatchery a couple times, interesting and nice area, will have to go back.
So far this year, myself, dog-child, and Five Wide trailer have gone someplace every month (short trips). Since the last report, I went to Oregon Coast a couple more times, national forest campgrounds, as I do not have need for hookups. Then I did a loop northeast of home to Alsea Falls, on down to the coast, and back through Florence, to home, checking out a couple campgrounds on the way down. We also went up to Mary's Peak which is ten miles from the main road. On a clear day, one is supposed to be able to see the ocean, but smoke from far off fires, hampered the view.
Then, we went back over to the Metolius River again, near Sisters, Oregon, and since we were not in a hurry, took the old highway over the McKenzie Pass. It is supposedly closed to anything with a combined total of over 35 feet--not that some people pay attention; they do make it dangerous. The Xterra and Five Wide are about 29 feet. That road takes one up through the lava beds in an extremely curvy road including a number of horseshoe curves. It is a great road for motorcycles, I've done that also. That road is now closed for the winter. I had hoped to find fall colors. There were some, but we had a late fall, and by the time the colors were really beautiful, there was snow on the pass. I briefly spotted a couple bald eagles, but they don't stay still for long.
We walked to a bridge and walked down the opposite side of the river to look back at the camp site.