Lake Tahoe and Crater Lake…

Yosemite…
May 31, 2018
Week Four…
June 4, 2018
 
“Look deep into nature, and then
you will understand everything better.”

ALBERT EINSTEIN
 
A Lazy Morning at the Lake…
Leaving Yosemite as late we did, we didn’t make it to our campsite at Lake Tahoe until midnight (Thursday). By the time we set up our camp and got ready for bed, it was already 1 in the morning. The only logical thing to do was sleeping in and enjoy a lazy morning. As part of our treat, we decided to head to Tahoe City to get a real “American Breakfast“ (Eggs, Corned Beef Hash, Omelette, French Toast… all the good stuff). Eating our food with a wonderful view onto Lake Tahoe, we decided that our day would consist of nothing but hanging out on our campsite’s beach to rest from the fun, yet strenuous days we previously had. We did exactly that. Eventually, we had taken in enough sun and decided to explore the area around us at least a little bit (by car).
 
 
Hi there Number 3…
That night it was time to try something new for dinner, so we tried cooking directly over our routine campfire. Amanda chopped up some vegetables and Italian sausage, which we wrapped in some tin foil to throw over the flame. Not aware of the amount of time it would take, we impatiently waited for it to be cooked. We passed the time by playing some very competitive rounds of cards (MauMau, which all the German folks know). Finally, it was time to eat, but someone decided to delay our dinner plans. We had a bear right next to the campground boundary that drew everyone's attention. It was by far the biggest bear we have seen so far. It didn’t seem to be phased by everyone staring at it, and it was most likely the same bear that we were told had gotten into the camp’s garbage the previous night. It got to a point, where the bear was so close that our campground host decided it was time to scare off the bear. To do this successfully, they banged shovels against rocks and used their quad (4-wheeler) to run it off as far away as possible. Sometime later that night, we ate our food and were happy about the adventure we participated in. Ready to close our eyes, we called it a night.
 
 
 
Good bye Cali…
Eight days after entering California, we finally said goodbye to this awesome state full of wonderful places. Since we have already driven over 5,000 miles on our trip, we stopped for an oil change before driving up to Oregon. Not knowing what to expect from this state, we were both thoroughly impressed by its natural beauty. Around 6 PM, we reached our campground at Klamath Lake. We soon fell in love with this small campsite operated by a sweet older lady who enjoyed making lots of small-talk. We used the available laundry machines and were fortunate to witness a gorgeous sunset.
 
A Volcanic Lake…
The next morning, our route took us to the nearby Crater Lake National Park. Formed by a violent eruption of Mount Mazama about 7,700 years ago, one can still see the remnants of the destroyed volcano marked by the island on the lake. This island is called Wizard Island and is a volcanic cinder cone (conical hill made from fragments of volcanic material) that stands 755 ft (230 m) above the lake’s level. Considered the nation’s deepest lake at 1,949 ft (594 m) deep, Crater Lake is also referred to as the world’s cleanest large body of water. As it is solely fed by the melting snow surrounding it, our options to enjoy the area were somewhat limited. Only parts of the Park’s roads were plowed and accessible while the hiking trails remained closed. However, as we drove along the West Rim of the Lake, we stopped at numerous places to view and take in this unique natural wonder.
 
 
 
Pigging out in Portland…
To close out the day, we headed further north to Portland. Getting there earlier than expected, we went downtown to experience the city’s Street Food Cart Pod. Since it was Sunday, not all the carts were open, but we still managed to eat until our stomachs were full. We decided to try a bunch of different types of food as we didn’t want to settle on just a single cart. After Falafels, Kim Chi Rice, Kufta, and Fries, we were in a food coma and ready to finally lay in a real bed after over a week.
 
 
 
That’s a wrap for week three. It is hard to believe how fast time is flying by and despite feeling exhausted most nights, we have plenty of energy left for the remaining adventures.
Amanda & Janek
 

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