Wednesday, August 04, 2010

Eagle Lake California

We are driving down highway 139 in California on our way home. We passed Eagle Lake and had to stop and take a few pictures.

Nice reflections of the mountains on the calm surface of Eagle Lake.

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Modoc National Forest

Last night we camped in the Modoc National Forest.

It was peaceful and quiet on the small dirt road we pulled off highway 139 on Adin Pass. I love camping in the National Forest.

We watched a movie with our nice system. We watched Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. I liked the alien theme.

The mules ears and arrow-leaved balsam root carpeted the forest floor, but they had already finished blooming for the season.

I would definitely stop here again. Free camping, beautiful scenery and really nice smells. A good spot to park for a night.
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Tuesday, August 03, 2010

Odell Lake

This is Odell Lake in the Deschutes National Forest in Oregon.

We are driving down highway 58 South towards Lake Tahoe California.

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Wilamette Pass

This is the top of Wilamette Pass on highway 58 in the Wilamette National Forest. It's a very beautiful drive along a nice tree lined highway with lots of pullovers for scenic views.

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Terwiliger Hot Springs

Following an epic weekend at Hornings Hideout with String Cheese Incident, we have stopped for a relaxing soak in Terwilliger Hot Springs at Cougar Res. just outside of Eugene Oregon.

Cougar Res. lake

Hoodoo, a local group has taken over running Cougar hotsprings in the recent years. They made a number of improvements to the trail and the hotspring pools.

There are four pools at the hot spring. The lower pools are cooler and for cleaning off before going into the hotter, more clean pools. There is also a really cool cave right at the top where all the hot water is coming from. You can climb up into the cave it is really cool. There is a strong sulfur smell, but cool water drips from the ceiling so it doesn't get too hot.

This is one of the best hotsprings in the US. It does cost $5 but it is well worth it. Here's the information they had up on the sign telling about Cougar Hotsprings.

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Sunday, August 01, 2010

The String Cheese Incident at Hornings Hideout

It's been a wonderful weekend here in North Plains, OR at the Hornings String Cheese Incident. Cheese Kicked off the 1st set with bluegrass and was joined on stage with members of The Travelin McCourys and Col. Bruce Hampton. It was awesome!

They are wrapping up the weekend tonight. I don't think anybody wants this festival to end though. Everybody is ready for another 3 days. At least we have our Hulaween tickets so it's not the last cheese of the year.

We got up close to the front tonight for some good iPhone and camera pictures.

I had a lot of fun this weeked despite the security and staff mostly being in a bad mood. My problem was there were no sodas in the vending area besides homemade rootbeer. They would also not let us bring in cans of soda even though they don't have any except the sodas for mixed drinks which they will not sell.

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