16 July 2018

Day sixteen Stewart state park campground to Bend - 190miles

Today was a volcano day, we started off at gorge near where we camped. It is thought that it was created by a lava tube collapsing. 
Collapsed Lava tube

The gorge
Next on our trip was Crater Lake NP. WOW! On a bluebird day the views were simply amazing.

Wizard Island

Panoramic shot

more pretty flowers

Following Crater Lake we headed to an old lava river cave, which is a mile long lava tube. It was 42F in the tube or cold compared to the 90F outside. we had a blast!
ready to hit the dark

yep that is bright!

touching the roof


almost done

really close now

home stretch

and we are out of here

Trip Stats 

Total miles 3626 
Bear count 11 black, 0 brown

15 July 2018

Day fifteen Gold Beach to Stewart State Park campground - 182miles

Today we took a shorter day distance wise so that we could spend more time looking at big trees. The day started off cooler with thunder out to sea, as we drove along the coast the mist came in.
Misty last view of the Pacific

Sea arch

After a couple of short walks we headed further south and back into California. We went to the Jedediah Smith redwoods state park. We parked at the day use area and took a hike along the Smith river, over a bridge before taking a walk around Stout grove. It didn't disappoint and was at times like the Endor moon.

Bridge across the river

More big trees


Next we continued our trip towards Crater lake NP. As we drove alongside the Smith river on the Redwood highway (US199) the temperature rose to around 90°F. The Smith river is very pretty, with more time we would have stopped to swim.
The state park we are staying at has electric and water for $24, the sites are big and so far quiet. Hopefully we will see some stars tonight too.

Trip stats

Total miles 3436
Bear count
11 black
0 brown

14 July 2018

Day fourteen Gold Beach to Gold Beach - 178 miles

Today was see the redwoods day, in California. We did an out an back trip from where we stayed the previous night. The Redwoods didn’t disappoint, what is amazing and sad is how the extent of their reach has been reduced over the years. 
Yup tall trees

very tall trees

The selfie game is strong.

interesting roots

Walking through the fallen tree

Baby Groot and the Redwoods

More fallen trees

Trip Stats 

Total miles 3254  
Bear count 11 black, 0 brown