Manzanita Lake Hike ~ Lassen Volcanic National Park

May 10th ~ Lassen Volcanic National Park

Entrance to Lassen Volcanic National Park

Our original plans went up in smoke due to late and abundant snowfall. Most of the park was still closed and the Bumpass Hell trail was down for the season due to replacing the boardwalk. We were open for a recommendation and the KOA park manager provided us with a solution.  Continue reading

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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.  Continue reading

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Crater Lake National Park With Snow and The Rogue Gorge

May 8th ~ Southern Oregon

Crater Lake in early May

There is only one National Park in the entire state of Oregon, and it certainly deserves this ranking.  Continue reading

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House of Mystery ~ Oregon Vortex

May 7th ~ Gold Hill, Oregon

House of Mystery

It was time to do a little backtracking, as we left the Oregon Coast and headed back inland toward Medford. Thankfully the sun was out in full force as we once again passed by one of my favorite coastline spots at Myers Beach.  Continue reading

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Jerry’s Rogue Jets ~ A Thrilling Boat Ride on the Wild Rogue River

May 6th ~ Gold Beach, Oregon

Scenery on the Wild Rogue River

We had been warned that the first part of our jet boat ride as we left the harbor and headed up the wild Rogue River could be windy, wet and cold. I bundled up to the max – long johns, heavy jeans, long sleeve shirt, vest, parka style jacket, boots, gloves, scarf and stocking cap.

I was a walking sauna…  Continue reading

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The Beaches of the Southern Oregon Coast ~ Heaven on Earth

May 5th – Cinco de Mayo ~ Gold Beach, OR

Favorite hidden beach of the day

I know I raved about the Giant Redwoods that we visited the day before, but truly there are few places on this planet that are any more beautiful that the Southern Oregon Coast.  Continue reading

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Redwoods National Park

May 4th ~ Redwoods National Park, Northern California

Can you see the people? Tiny specks next to the trees

We left Ellie Mae Camp-it safely parked at Jedediah Smith Park while we took a morning expedition to check out the Giant Redwoods.  Continue reading

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Oregon Caves and Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park

May 3rd ~ Southern Oregon

Logo for Oregon Caves

We parted ways with my sister and her husband after breakfast this morning where they joined us for a sampling of a morel mushroom frittata I had fixed. We did not manage to find many mushrooms this year, but there were at least enough for everyone to have a taste.  Continue reading

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Oregon ~ Lake of the Woods to Jacksonville

May 2nd ~ Overnight in Central Point, OR

Mount Pitt aka Mount McLoughlin – (courtesy of Laura Urban)

We enjoyed our time at Howard Prairie, regardless of finding few morel mushrooms. But, it was once again time to pack up and move on toward our next stop. Leaving the Howard Prairie area, we admired a nice view of snow-capped Mt. Pitt (aka Mt. McLoughlin).  Continue reading

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Ashland, Oregon ~ A Backstage Tour, a Play, and Lithia Park

May Day ~ Ashland

Outdoor Elizabethan Stage

The four of us were out the door by 9:00, driving back down the mountain to the charming town of Ashland, home of the Shakespearean Festival. We had pre booked a backstage tour that included the Thomas, Bowman and Elizabethan theaters.  Continue reading

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