Saturday, November 2nd-A Crazy Week With Relief on the Way!

Somehow it’s not in my nature to be stationary! Diana got me home from the hospital last Sunday and it didn’t take long for a severe case of Cabin Fever to develop! For three and a half days, I sat in this recliner, about 200 yards from Lake Tahoe, and this was the view I had

We made a trip to Reno on Thursday to pick up a wheelchair-mobility IS a powerful force! Before that I had spent all that time like this:

Friday we ventured a trip to the campground shower and I got to sit outside with a somewhat blocked view of the lake. Here’s what I could see:

Now a plan is in shape to get us back to WHACKOVILLE! er ... normal. Our brother-in-law, Larry Gould, is flying from Okla City to Reno to drive our truck and trailer to the Dallas area. Sara lives there, the medical facilities are better than here, and we hope it will be warmer. We’ve been here 8-9 days and it’s been really cold-two nights of single digit lows!

Diana has been an Angel taking care of a crotchety old man! I can’t drive or …

Saturday, October 26-Good News and Bad News About Lake Tahoe!

We got to Lake Tahoe about dark-30 on Friday night. We drove through Truckee (on the CA side) down to the lake and then around the Nevada side to Zephyr Cove RV Park. We’re about four miles North of Stateline.

First the good news: Lake Tahoe is a gift! The water is almost as blue as the water in Crater Lake but LT is much bigger. The lake is roughly rectangular with the dimensions being roughly ten by twenty miles. Everyone who has ever been here has a favorite part of the lake. The favorite part of LT for Diana and I has always been the area around Emerald Bay. Here are a couple of pics:

Now for the bad news: I took a pretty nasty fall. I’m okay but here’s a quick summary: I have a broken right thumb and the orthopedic surgeon put a pin in it, with a couple of stitches, so it will heal correctly. My left knee has a hairline fracture so it’s immobilized with a flexbrace. Several stitches in my head and that pretty much does it. Look at the rocks at the bottom of the lower picture abov…

Thursday,October 24-Going Inland

We’ve been going TO the Pacific Ocean and AWAY from the Pacific Ocean for months now. Today we left the PO for what may be years. We’re headed roughly South now to escape the snow that’s coming. Then we’ll spend the winter going from West to East across the Southern states. Early Spring next year will have us following Spring North up the Eastern Seaboard to the Maritime Provinces of Eastern Canada. We don’t speak any French but we’re going to brush up on conversational French since French is the predominant language spoken in Eastern Canada. Canada IS officially a bi-lingual nation.

Anyway, here are our parting shots of the Pacific shoreline:

Going East from the Pacific Coast Highway (US 101), we chose a small highway to Red Bluff on I-5. We thought it would be a nice cruisin’ 45-50 mph. The key word there was THOUGHT because it turned out to be a 20-25 mph road just full of switchbacks! That slowed us down a lot and then we ran into a construction zone where traffic was completely s…

Wednesday, October 23-Some Really Big Trees!

We had been to Redwoods NP several times in the past but seeing this gigantic living organisms never fails to make you feel like an ant living in a world of humans. These are the tallest living objects on earth! This first pic isn’t the biggest tree but it’s one of the most convenient to locate. You may have to enlarge the pic to read some of the details about this tree but it’s worth it:

Here’s ANOTHER pic of Diana near the root system of a redwood that fell during a windstorm (it seems that redwoods have no taproot and the spreading roots don’t penetrate deeply into the earth):

The trees seem to grow in groves so here’s a sky-ward pic of a few of the tall-as-a-30-story-building monsters:

We finished hiking and took a coastal one-lane road to the mouth of the Klamath River. There we saw the most astounding things taking place. We think there were 30 or 40 seals swimming up and down the river in hot pursuit of the salmon. The King Salmon were, of course, following their instincts to g…

Tuesday, Oct 22nd-Back to the Pacific

We had been inland since our one day trip from Portland to the Oregon coast a couple of weeks ago. We got back to the Pacific at Crescent City, CA today. Speaking of California, why do I call California The Cereal State? This is an oldie but a goodie! I call California The Cereal State because it’s full of fruits, nuts, and flakes!

You know that I’m joking about that but CA does have its share of, shall we say, unusual people. Most of the people I know from CA are very friendly. Having said that, I’ll say that CA is my favorite state when it comes to natural beauty and I’ve been to 49 of ‘em! San Francisco is everyone’s favorite city, Big Sur is the second most beautiful meeting of land and sea, and Lake Tahoe?

Can you guess where we had lunch today?

IMHO, the most beautiful place where land meets the sea is the Na Pali coast on Kauai. This pic is there from three years ago:

Here’s part of the CA coast although it’s not Big Sur:

We’ll be in the Redwoods today and tomorrow. Here’s Dian…

Monday, October 21st-blue-Blue-BLUE!

Today was a mostly clear day so Crater Lake was so blue it is breathtaking! I took about 15-20 pics of the lake and this one is my favorite:

The walk around the rim is like walking through a postcard! In case you want a picture that is just blue, try this one:

Here’s a pic of Wizard Island near the West shore of the lake:

Wizard Island is another geological oddity because it’s the only place in the lake where lava continued to erupt after Mt. Mazama collapsed. We’ve taken the boat trips to WI in the past and walked down into the Crater at the top of the island. THAT Crater is 300 feet across and 90 feet deep-weird, I know!

I tried to explain, in my own sick and twisted way, how Crater Lake was created. We saw this on our walk around the lake:

You may have to enlarge the pic but reading it provides a very brief, clear explanation of Crater Lake came to be! It GREW, BLEW, FELL, and FILLED!

Sunday, October 20th-Crater Lake National Park

The geological forces that created Crater Lake are so unusual they are almost hard to believe! Mt. Mazama WAS a mountain where CL is today that had risen, through volcanic eruptions, to over 12,000 feet in elevation. About 7,700 years ago, Mt. Manama had ANOTHER violent eruption that lasted a week or more. The geologists estimate that eruption was 100X more powerful than the eruption that rocked Mt. St Helens in 1980. That massive eruption left the magma chamber, miles deep under the surface of the earth, almost empty. The weight of the mountain collapsed on its own now-empty foundation!

This collapse meant the top 5,000 feet of Mt. Mazama fell into the empty magma chamber below and left a caldera six miles across. Okay, you’ve got a hole in the center of the mountain that’s six miles across-that’s NOT a lake! With 44 FEET of average annual snowfall and the typical Pacific NW rainfall, the caldera filled with water over the next 7,000 years. No water flows into Crater Lake from rivers…