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Thursday, August 14, 2014

Crater Lake Tour

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If you head north out of Crater Lake you can turn west on Highway 230 or the West Diamond Lake Highway. The road turns south eventually paralleling the Rogue River. Of course, pine trees abound.

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The Rogue River cuts through some narrow chutes near the highway, which make an interesting stop.

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Another human interfering with the view.

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Lava tube.

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A bit rough for a kayak.

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…and a bit tight.

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Further down the road, the river runs underground, or in this case, under rock. This the outlet, which is an old lava tube.

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Near the inlet, there are locations in the rock that were created by eddies in the flowing water. This section of the river is covered during high flows only.

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You can turn back east onto Highway 62 and re-enter the park at the southern entrance. There is a fire lookout on the northwest rim which you can climb to get a great view.

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Just so happens the Pacific Crest Trail goes through the park. Yeah, we did an hour hike. The trail enters the park near the southern entrance, where we noted more female hikers than males on the trail.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Crater Lake, OR

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Crater Lake NP is a fairly large hole in the ground filled with water. It’s a remnant caldera of a 12000 foot volcano. It was quite hazy this day.

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There are two cones that rebuilt after the initial explosion. The other is beneath the water. Note the small fire.

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This is the view north from the northern side of the rim. Most of the small mountains here are cinder cones.

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The north wall.

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View north again.

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Expanded north wall view.

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Close-up of the cone inside the lake. You can hike to the top if you like, but you need a boat ride first.

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The massive face of the north wall, Llao Rock.

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This gives you the location of the second cone.

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LLano Rock

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Mount Mazama, artistic estimate. The near 5677 B.C. blast was estimated to be 42 time larger than Mount St. Helens.

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Deepest lake in the U.S., ninth in the world.

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View along the west rim.

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Falls on the outer south rim.

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Ship formation along the southern rim.

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On the eastern rim looking west.

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Part of the eastern wall. There is only one trail down to the lake. Yes, you can go swimming near the boat dock and take a boat ride. Boats are helicoptered in.

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The wind blows across the lake from the west and accelerates as it nears the eastern wall, blasting these pines.

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Random tourist.

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Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Oregon 35

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we headed south on Oregon Route 35 after leaving the Bonneville Dam area for Crater Lake NP. This is Mount Hood, looking west. A 11240 foot stratovolcano. The drive is quite beautiful, passing many wineries and fruit stands, climbing most of the way.

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We are near the southeast flank of the mountain with the White River debris/bank in the foreground.

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Looking downstream from the debris bank, you can see a re-constructed bridge and highway. This area of the road has seen 20 wash-outs in its lifetime. The last in 2006 after a heavy rainfall on an extensive snowpack. The White River Glacier upstream on Mt. Hood has shrunk 61% in area from 1907 to 2004.

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Some poor human took our pic for us.

Monday, August 11, 2014

Historical Columbia Highway

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After the dam visit, we jumped onto the nearby original roadway that parallels the river. The Interstate currently resides along the river and has taken up most of the original road. There are portions that remain, which take you higher up the valley side, where quite a number of waterfalls exist. This is all part of the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area. This is Latourell Falls, named after a prominent settler. It is a 249 feet fall.

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I was amazed at the lichen covering the rock on the one side. Why do you think that is so?

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We hiked down a path beneath the bridge near the falls. Quite an artistic bridge structure. All cement.

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There are viewpoints along portions of the road that climb to the top of the headlands. This is Vista House, quite an attractive structure.

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Looking upstream from Visa House, this is what you see. That tall rock formation in the center is Beacon Rock, a basalt volcano plug. The softer outer material was stripped away during the Missoula Floods (check several installments back).

On October 31, 1805, Lewis and Clark saw Beacon Rock and in his journal, Captain Clark called it "Beaten Rock". It was near Beacon Rock that they first measured tidal influences from the ocean on the Columbia River.

"... a remarkable high detached rock Stands in a bottom on the Stard Side near the lower point of this Island on the Stard. Side about 800 feet high and 400 paces around, we call the Beaten rock. ..." [Clark, October 31, 1805]

Clarke would probably be amused that there is a trail up to the top!

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This is the view downstream. It was just a hazy day with thunderstorms expected that evening.

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One of the reasons for stopping near Portland was to see long time friends. Erik to the left and Mike to the right. Erik used to be a co-worker of mine in the National Weather Service at Des Moines. Now he is the boss of Bonneville Power’s Meteorology Unit. Mike works at the local university in admissions and counseling. Carla killed the beer flight.

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Portland is well known for various modes of transportation. Here you have a people-powered bar trolley. You travel from bar to bar, drinking along the way, with a designated trolley driver. Those that slack are caned.

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Two words, Voodoo DONUTS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!