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Thursday, September 17, 2009

Okay, so we're not beach people....

Anyone that knows us very well knows that we don't go to the beach.  That's really not hard to accomplish when you live in Arkansas anyway.  We have always vacationed in the mountains, mostly Colorado.  But we are leaving Washington and headed into Oregon and we decided to drive along the Oregon coast; the Pacific coast is much different than the Atlantic coast where Vicki grew up.  We weren't able to get to some of the places that we wanted to go, but we still really enjoyed it.  Hope you enjoy the pictures too!


It's hard to realize how big these rocks actually are until you see the people on the beach!

In some of these places at high tide there is no "beach"  left.

This day was quite cool and misty (fairly typical for the Oregon coast I think); no sunshine.  Also, what the locals call the "winter waves" have begun.  They are actually bigger than the waves in summer and look "angry".  This is no day for swimming for sure!


We left the coast and headed to Crater Lake and had a really nice day there.  We took sooo.. many pictures, but here are some of my favorites.  By the way, the water really is as blue as it looks; and yes, the lake really is in a crater.  Did you know that this is the deepest lake in the United States (1,943 ft.) and it is only fed by rain and snow (no rivers or streams)?  Neither did I.  I also didn't know that it is considered the cleanest large body of water in the world.  Wow!  Driving all the way around the lake is only 33 miles, but it takes awhile because there are 30 (at least) pull outs to stop in.  Yes, we stopped at all of them!  Enjoy!

Just to prove we were really there!!

Today (Thursday, 9/17) we left Oregon and headed into California.  We are on our way to Lake Tahoe and then on to Yosemite National Park.  It's hard to believe that our 4 1/2 month trip will soon come to an end; only 6 weeks left now.  I'll share more thoughts about spending this length of time in a motorhome with only one other person later.