DAY TWO: Belknap Hot Springs, OR to Modoc National Forest, CA.
MILES: 318 miles
HIGHLIGHTS: Road from Belknap to Dee Wright observatory (peg-dragging bliss!), Lava Fields, Sisters, Bend, Crater Lake, picked up John Colyer, Klamath Lake, El Rodeo (Mexican food baby), bath in the creek, great campground.
Words are insufficient to describe the road to the Lava Fields (OR 242) and the Dee Wright Observatory. Check out the picture in the gallery below for the epic-ness of the curves.
The observatory itself is beautifully made, and worth seeing even if you aren’t interested in the road (which of course you are). We had a lovely breakfast at Sisters Coffee, and hit the road again.
Next on our list: Crater Lake. Again we were not disappointed! The sheer magnitude of this place is impressive. While we were snacking, Chris managed to wander off and find a friend of a friend, John Colyer, from Calgary, Alberta. Serendipitous, to be sure; he comes highly recommended. And he can eat a burrito the size of a baby. We have proof.
Our afternoon and evening were filled with visual splendor as we rode over golden hills in the fading sunlight. Our campsite at Lower Rush Creek Campground in Modoc National Forest was really sweet, even without potable water or showers. Elsa got to take a not-luxurious but quite pleasant bath in the creek.
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