We arrived in Bend, OR with a little much needed rain. We were happy to find that our camper fit in Mike and Wanda's driveway quite nicely. Not many people come to visit and bring their own house; and no, we didn't dump our tanks into their sewer, like Christmas Vacation's cousin Eddie!
We had fun hanging out in the evenings playing cards and being silly. I'm sure the video of me doing Fire Marshall Bill will surface when I least expect it! We went out to dinner a couple of nights.
Bend has some great restaurants and breweries. Wanda took us on a couple of trails. There are lots of trails and outdoorsy things to do there. Mostly, I was happiest just to be in the company of one of my favorite people in the world,Wanda. Someday, I hope to live close, so we can get together more often.
When we left to head back south, we decided to check out Crater Lake. It was breathtakingly beautiful. The photos look like we are in front of a fake backdrop! We got some rain there too. I was hoping to wake up to snow on the ground, but it wasn't quite cold enough.
From there we stopped for a night at Lake Siskayou, in the Mount Shasta area. The campground was so empty, it was like a ghost town. We have found that a lot of places are closing for the winter, so our timing has been good. When we left there, we drove through the recently burned area of Hat Creek. You could see where all of the trees surrounding houses were burnt, but the homes were saved, thanks to the efforts of the firefighters.
The next day we drove up to Lassen Volcanic National Park. We roughed it there for our first night without hook-ups or cell service. The National park campground was nicely maintained, with clean restrooms. This white van pulled up just before dark. Paul was sure the guy was a serial killer, so we watched him for a while, even took down his license plate number. Creepy! The drive through the park was beautiful. I'm surprised I'd never heard of this area.
The next night we stayed in another mostly empty National Park campground on Lake Almanor. It was much warmer there. We had to shed the jackets and were back toT-shirts, shorts and flip flops!
We hit the road again the next day. We have been taking our time, just traveling two to three hours a day. We found a really nice campground called Rivers Edge in the very small town of Clio, CA. The campground has more spaces than there are residents in the town! It was time to take a day from traveling and do some laundry and cleaning.
We plan on heading to South Lake Tahoe tomorrow. I hope we can find another casino parking lot to stay in!
I'll end with the funny story of how we found that our carbon monoxide monitor works. Fiona has been having some problems with an upset stomach while on this trip. She had been passing gas all evening; she was sleeping on the floor with her booty right up against the monitor when it started it's shrill beeping. Since we didn't have anything else running that would emit gaseous fumes, we figured that it was her! I think I will run a controlled experiment next time Paul makes chili…