It is time to leave Brookings (OR) and to head over to Bend (OR) to meet up with Ralph and Joan. It is hard to leave family, such beautiful surroundings and the wonderful cool weather. Our last evening we had the most beautiful sunset and we all agreed we would return next year and plan to stay longer. We want to try our hand at crabbing and fishing for salmon and halibut on our next stay. Don and Lisa were wonderful hosts and made us feel welcome so I highly recommend this location to the rest of the family.
Bend / La Pine (OR) Monday July 6
Our next campground is located in La Pine about 25 miles South of Bend. The drive over was about 6 hours, we took a couple of different roads, 68 to 230 to 138 to 97, a little more scenic than the 199 route. We only stopped briefly at one location and fixed a quick lunch but pretty much stayed on the road. We did see several places that we would liked to have stopped but the pull-offs were far too small for the RV with tow (ours being 49′), but they were close enough to La Pine we could come back in the Jeep.
We got settled into our site at the Cascades Mountain RV Resort. We’ve decided that if it has a restaurant on site, it can be called a resort. Other than that, it is pretty much just an RV park. We were able to use our Coast to Coast membership so our rate is only $15.00 a night, which is a heck of a deal. The space is in a good location, we have lots of grass and shade trees, however because of the lack of rain, it is very dusty. We are also not allowed to used any of the outdoor carpets so the dirt may be a problem if we don’t get a longer hose and keep the area watered down which they encourage the guests to do. The facilities are pretty nice and conveniently located as well. The staff has been very friendly and helpful so we hope to be able to come back in a couple of weeks when we return to the area.
Ralph and Joan came out to the campground and checked out the RV and the park. It was reallllly good to see them again. They were impressed with how much storage space we had, of course it is packed but so far we have a place for everything. We then went out to dinner and caught up on what everyone was doing. We told them about the places we had seen on the highway on the way in, but unable to stop so we decided we would all go back and check out the scenery the next day.
Tuesday, July 7
We got up early so we could get all of our laundry caught up and to be ready to check out the sights we had seen yesterday. It was about 85 when we left and was supposed to reach 88, not too bad but could be a little warm for hiking. There was some rain predicted, however it appears it has been predicted for the last week with no success so there wasn’t much expectation but we still brought in the awnings just in case.
We headed back to 138. As we got further down the road, Ralph noticed the temperature outside was dropping, and dropping fast. It was dropping 10 degrees within a couple of minutes and in less than 10 minutes, it was 44 degrees. I am certainly not dressed for this but then all of a sudden we are in the middle of a hail storm. Fortunately it was only pea size but there was a lot of it and it was mixed with some hard rain and a few snow flakes. Well of course this Florida girl had to get out in it while everyone else stayed in the car and took pictures. It was pretty freaky the way it happened so fast. It than continued to rain and there was quite a bit of lightning but it was moving quickly so we continued on.
The area we were heading for was the Rogue National Forest which is located just to the west of Crater Lake. Ralph spotted a sign for some falls with a short ½ mile trail so we headed to the falls. Of course the ½ mile was almost straight down so we walked (I slid) down and got some pretty good pictures. I like to climb over rocks and downed trees to get the best shots so sometimes I’m so focused on getting there I forget to think about the getting back. Oh well, I had a group of people that could help pull and push me back up the hill so other than looking like a mud wrestler, they got me up OK. But I did get some good pictures. We than headed up the road to get some shots of the Rogue River which also was quite beautiful. After that, we decided to head back and fix some dinner.
As we drove home, it dawned upon Ralph and Joan that one of the cats was outside when they left, they didn’t worry about it as “it never rains in Bend”, so with the unusual storm still moving in that direction they decided they would head on home just to be sure all was well. Tomorrow they will join us for a late lunch, early dinner, than we are all heading into Bend to the farmers market and later to listen to some music at one of their hangouts.
Steve and I took quick showers to get the grime off, fixed a quick dinner and called it a night. I happened to look out the window and see the most beautiful skies so I ran around in my pj’s taking pictures of the sunset. Hope you enjoy them.