Archive for August 4th, 2010

Across the mountains

We left the coast, taking Hwy 38 along the Umpqua River across the Coast Range, then quickly across the valley (away from that I-5 corridor), and into the foothills on Hwy 138, following the North Umpqua River up into the Cascades.
From chilly coast to hot valley, to cooler Cascades, then back to hot on the other side of those mountains — always with comfortably cool nights.   We overnighted and stopped to hike in the dramatically differing forests along the way.  We watched salmon leaping at  Deadline Falls and walked to a few other waterfalls along scenic 138.

Fall Creek Falls

Lisa hiking in Cascades forest (in favorite Fivefingers shoes)

Very lenient pet policy at this RV park

Locals giving Brian some advice

We bypassed busy Crater Lake National Park (which we’ve seen) and spent a couple of days at Collier Memorial State Park near Chiloquin, OR.  As in eastern Washington, Oregon is tinder-dry east of the Cascades this time of year.  And hot!  Such a change for us since we are long used to cool and clouds in WA and AK.

To be continued . . .

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