We started out Day #4 with a plan to drive north into Oregon, to a place that our friend, Carson, had recommended. Belknap Hot Springs. We never made it.
We did start the day by heading north. We drove past Shasta Lake (looked beautiful at 60mph), and caught a glimpse of Mt. Shasta from the scenic overlook spot ( at zero mph…we actually stopped to look at it). It was quite windy, cold, and starting to sprinkle. Figured we must be getting close to Oregon.
Mt. Shasta in the distance.
We crossed into Oregon at exactly 12:04 pm. The sign snuck up on me, so no photo available to share. It was definitely raining out now, and Mark mumbled,
The rain cleans the “California” right off of ya.
We continued heading north towards Belknap Hot Springs, when we saw a sign saying “Scenic Byway.” We couldn’t resist, which is why we never made it to the hot springs. It was a good decision. What a fine and beautiful route is was! A meandering country road. Just beautiful. And no rain.
A walk in the woods off the scenic byway.
Came across this cool car at the gas station along the way. This couple was driving to the guy’s 50th high school reunion. This is the same car he drove in high school. He’d kept it all these years, and just kept fixing it up. They bought a small trailer that could easily be pulled by the old blue car. Nice set-up!
After a lovely drive on this unplanned detour, we arrived at Crater Lake, and at the Crater Lake Campground. Got us a gorgeous camp site amongst the trees. It was raining and bloody freakin’ cold outside!! It was 43 degrees at 5:00pm. Brrrrrrr. Apparently it had been snowing earlier in the day. Nice for us Californian’s, eh?
We had a nice cozy evening indoors. I fired up the heater, and Mark fired up the espresso maker. We nuked a pizza, made a salad, and opened up a bottle of Russian Imperial Stout, and looked forward to seeing Crater Lake in the morning!