Tag: Crater Lake

  • Family Vacation — 2020

    Family Vacation — 2020

    This last week we had our yearly summer family vacation. This entry is as much diary as pictures.


    After an atypical last workday before vacation day, we packed up and headed off to our family summer vacation. A couple of the kids had left earlier in the day, taking a kayak and a dog. We were left to transport the food and five bikes. With Jamison packing the car, everything we needed to take fit, but just barely. We arrived late in the evening at the same place we’ve stayed the last two years.


    Once again, I enjoyed my early morning walks with Gilligan. It’s a nice way to start the day for both of us. We walked together every day except the final day. Some days, we repeated our walk shortly after returning, joining Ashley and Mousse on their walk.

    Later in the day, we visited Crater Lake. I was the only one in the family who’d been there before,1Well, that’s not exactly correct. Jamison had been to Crater Lake about a month before. and yet, I have no memories of the lake itself. To be fair, it was a long time ago. My family wasn’t believing the two stories I told about my previous visit until brother Bob confirmed them via text. Maybe they still don’t believe…

    We drove to the east rim and watched the sunset. Mmm…


    On Sunday, most of us kayaked from La Pine State Park to Big River Campground. Allegedly, this can be paddled in a couple of hours. We prefer to float as members of the dry paddle club, nearly doubling the time.


    Sparks Lake was on the itinerary for Monday. We played fetch with the dogs. We kayaked and Heather SUP’d. I read a John Grisham novel.

    Somehow I took no pictures of this scenic lake.


    On Tuesday, Heather, Jamison, and I went for a short bike ride to the bridge that ended up going to the village and up the east side. Nice!

    Later, we all hiked the obsidian flow near East Lake.


    Our kids

    On Wednesday, we biked and took our traditional family photo on the bridge. This might have been the day I did a puzzle.

    As you can tell, our days are packed with activities. ;-)


    Thursday, we hiked around Todd Lake. It was overcast and misting.


    Friday, Suzi and I biked to the bridge. We returned to Sparks Lake for sunset. Ashley and Kevin rejoined the group.


    Benham Falls

    More bike riding, this time, to Benham Falls.

    Late in the day, Ashley, Kevin, and Jamison decided to kayak from Harper’s Bridge to below the Sunriver bridge. They could take out on the other side, accessible through forest roads.

    Unfortunately, the forest road was blocked by a closed gate and it was getting dark. Could a transfer happen on the other side of the bridge? Suzi’s text has the answer.

    Everything is going smoothly. It's dark and we are ninjas


    One last bike ride to the bridge, a trip to the village for a cool drink, and it was time to head home.

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      Well, that’s not exactly correct. Jamison had been to Crater Lake about a month before.
  • A View From the Nerd Bird

    A View From the Nerd Bird

    Another day trip to Folsom, a few more pictures out the window.

    Update. A few more pictures from the trip home.

  • A View From 18E

    A View From 18E

    A couple of old standby views from my flight from Portland to Sacramento.

  • A View From 13F

    A View From 13F

    Melissa and I headed south to Sacramento — she, back to school, and me, to work in Folsom for a couple of days.

    It’s nice to have company when traveling. :-)

  • The View From 16E

    The View From 16E

    Oregon was covered in clouds for today’s flight from Portland to Sacramento. I happened to glance out the window and catch Crater Lake through a small gap in the clouds as we flew by. California had a brown haze on the horizon, making only high-angle shots reasonable.

  • A View From 16E

    A View From 16E

    Another trip to Folsom for work. Having a window seat, I spent most of my time watching the ground fly by.

  • 3E and Me

    3E and Me

    The trip to Sacramento was uneventful. Well, maybe not quite. I did sit by Tim, who works sqrt(2) cubes from me, and learn what he does. And I was able to identify Mt. Thielsen, the unknown peak from last week’s post.


  • Yet Another View From 3E

    Yet Another View From 3E

    It is time to visit my team in Folsom and thus time to post more pictures from the flight from PDX to SMF. Once again, I got seat 3E. It’s a good seat; I like it. :-)

    Although the Bombardier Dash 8 is a slower plane it also flies lower than the jets Horizon used to fly on this route. The views it offers are much better than those from 37,000 feet.

    My rental car is a Nissan Cube. It’s fun to drive, though a lot cooler than I am. I had to untuck my shirt and crank Jack FM to fit in.

    I apologize if the pictures look overly processed. The window was dirty and scratched and the air was hazy.

  • PDX — SMF Trip

    PDX — SMF Trip

    I flew from Portland, Ore. (PDX) to Sacramento (SMF) this morning. I had my camera with me, so I took advantage of my window seat.

  • Aerial Views

    Aerial Views

    Sometimes when I travel, I keep my camera close at hand. Here’s a couple of shots (though dirty, fogged-up Q400 windows).

    I took the picture of Crater Lake yesterday on my flight down to Sacramento and the picture of Portland on the way back.



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