May 27, 2019
Woke up to overcast skies but by the time we left there was some sun. Stopped at TJ’s on the way out of town for some produce. Not much between Bend and Crater Lake.
Stopped in Sun River to walk the village. Was nippy, 51 degrees. We have very fond memories of the Kwellers and the Goldhammers spending a week there shooting the Deschutes, bike riding, gondola rides, hiking.
We are camped at the KOA Lemolo Lake in the Umpqua National Forest, about 18 miles from the north entrance to Crater Lake. The description of this camp is wonderful but in reality you would not know it was a KOA except for the yellow signs. (KOA is like McDonalds in that there is a basic standard.) Not so with this place. The couple just bought what was some sort of cabin resort in disarray and are just starting to create the camp. Glad we took showers this morning! To top it off, the fellow said the north entrance to Crater Lake was not open. We did not see one sign that said that. We had planned to spend the rest of our day there. Will now have to drive Hwy 230 to the south entrance tomorrow when we head for Ashland and do our toruing then.
As I made lunch it started to hail. Fortunately, it didn’t last long. There is a National Forest camp nearby on the lake. The National Forest Service had just completed an 11-mile trail around the lake in 2017. It was not well marked but enough so that we didn’t get lost. We did end up walking through some folks’ sites but they weren’t bothered. There was plenty of evidence of fire along the way. About a half hour out it started to seriously rain so we turned around.
In camp the trees look as if they have some blight as there are few pine needles and the bark is stripped.
Tonight we are having flank steak (with Heltzer marinade) with sautéed new potatoes, onion and green beans. 2017 Foggy Veil small lot red wine (22% Grenache and 78% syrah.