On day #5, June 14th, we woke up early because it was freakin’ freezing! We have a heater, but had been optimistic about the temperatures and should probably have set the heater a wee bit higher.
It was 30 degrees outside at 7:00 am. There was frost on the ground. Unless you’re a polar bear, that’s just crap for summer weather.
Getting up early has it’s advantages. You can beat the crowds to the most popular tourist spots. And that’s how it was at Crater Lake. We woke up early and skidaddled up to the top.
After enjoying the beautiful views, we hit the gift shop when it opened at 9:00 am. Mark bought a hat. If we run out of storage space in the RV, the worst case scenario is that he’ll have to wear that hat 24/7 until we return home to California in October. His problem, not mine.
Our next stop would be for lunch in Crescent, where we discovered the Mohawk Restaurant. This place must be a “must see” on every traveler’s list. It was decorated from floor to ceiling, wall to wall, and ON the ceiling, with a glass bottle and taxidermy collection. A weird and wacky combo of shit to collect.
Our waitress at the Mohawk was very nice, even though she did make some funny comment about how she and the other waitresses were having a good look at my wardrobe. WTF? I don’t think I was dressed weird or anything, so, not sure what the big shocker was about. Here’s a pic of me outside the place, so you can see what I had on. Pretty normal, no?
Fed and watered, on we went to Bend, Oregon, where we checked in to the Sandia RV park, just outside of downtown Bend. At the suggestion of my friend Rhonda, who grew up in Bend, we went out to dinner at McMenamins. Good pick. Delicious food and fun atmosphere.
It was still pretty darn cold out for us Californians. Not so much for the Bend-onians, as they all seemed to be dressed in shorts, and t-shirts. Mark and I were bundled up in what few cold weather clothes we’d brought with us. And I was cursing myself that I hadn’t brought a winter scarf! Live and Learn!