Drive from Medford to Lassen Volcanic National Park

May 9th ~ Overnight Mt. Lassen KOA

One of the cabins at the KOA campground

This was another travel day as we had quite a few miles to get us from Medford to the KOA near the entrance to Lassen Volcanic National Park. 

Our original plans had been to take the eastern road out of Crater Lake, then drive south towards Klamath Falls, visit the Lava Tubes and check out the prime bird watching area before entering Lassen on Hwy 89 from the NE.

But, with the roads still closed around Crater Lake, we had to do some last-minute reshuffling of our route.

No worries, the drive south on Interstate 5 turned out to be lovely as snow-covered Mount Shasta was having a particularly clear day and dazzled in the sunlight.

Viewpoint shows Mt. Shasta off in the distance with some stats

Laura’s long zoom brought Mt Shasta much closer

At one of our fueling stops Tim spotted this old-time Cocoa Cola ad on the side of the building.

I’m betting this goes WAY back

And the colors on this flower jumped out at me.

These colors remind me of Christmas

Shasta Lake was also inviting as we passed by.

Shasta Lake

We still had another surprise up our sleeves for Laura and Michael – A CABIN FOR TWO NIGHTS!

Michael and Laura enjoying their own private cabin

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We have managed so well with all four of us in our tiny RV, but even the best of friends need a little privacy and alone time every now and then.

We also had one last hiccup to deal with.

Road closed!

The road through Lassen was also still closed due to heavy winter snowfall, although it is hard to tell that from this location. On top of that, the final hurrah was intended to be taking the Bumpass Hell Hike which was closed for the entire season so that the boardwalk could be rebuilt.

Lassen Peak can be seen off in the distance.

Lassen Peak

Stay tuned to find out what our alternate plans ended up being for the next day…

The evening got topped off with another delicious BBQ.

Michael and Tim grilling up some burgers

If you plans ever bring you this way, we can give this KOA two thumbs up. It was spotlessly clean, well-managed and friendly staff, spacious campsites, and extra amenities to make you feel welcome. They have a seasonal swimming pool, lawn to play croquet, snack/gift shop, laundry, upgraded spots that include a patio and BBQ, and a play area for the kids. They even provide new rubber gloves at the dump site.

We thought this was a great campground – #2 rated KOA in the country!

GRATITUDE MOMENT: Today I am grateful that we can all remain flexible and do not get disheartened when an obstical is thrown in our path. That is key for being a good traveler – go with the flow and remain open to the possibilities…

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About Tim and Joanne Joseph

Hi and welcome! We are Tim and Joanne Joseph and we have just embarked on our "next chapter". At a stage in life where traveling the world, taking pictures, and sharing our adventures with friends and family will be our dream come true.
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22 Responses to Drive from Medford to Lassen Volcanic National Park

  1. Michael Alesko says:

    The surprises continue. Fun to read and follow.

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  2. Terry says:

    Great trip, this is the route I am thinking about as I head up to Vancouver, WA on my way north in July. I’ll have to remember that KOA if the parks campgrounds are full.

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  3. Looks like a good time despite obstacles. Well done.

    janet

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  4. Widdershins says:

    Heh, heh, heh … best laid plans of mice and RV’ers! 😀

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  5. Tim Harlow says:

    Thanks for the beautiful photos, and the great tour. Mt. Shasta was spectacular. The KOA campground looks great too. Thanks for the recommendation.

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  6. Peter Buller says:

    Time for a song…
    “We’ll be goin’ ’round the mountain when we come; we’ll be goin’ ’round the mountain when we come.” …definitely more ‘Round than over…
    But all ways lead home… but it’s the interesting journey that makes it all worthwhile!

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  7. Laura Urban says:

    Our little cabin was a total surprise and I was brought to happy tears! Thank you so much!❤️

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  8. curvyroads says:

    Go with the flow is the traveler’s motto indeed! Beautiful photos as always. I wondered how you were all four getting on in such a small space. 😀 So nice to build in a couple of nights of alone time!

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  9. the pretty poems says:

    Laura’s photograph of Mt. Shasta is breathtakingly beautiful! it’s like a palace in the sky! I feel the mountains are calling my name ❤
    https://thewoodnymphjournal.wordpress.com/

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