Medford, Oregon – Crater Lake and Umpqua Scenic Byway

We pulled into Medford and checked into the Homewood Suites for three days.  My youngest daughter, Jen, greeted us in the lobby and big hugs were given to all.  It was good to see Jenny, it’s been too long!  Jen is expecting her second child and we’re hoping he will arrive while we’re in town.

We decided on the Black Bear Diner for supper and planned our few precious days together while catching up.  Tomorrow’s adventure: Crater Lake and the Rogue River via the Umpqua Scenic Byway.

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We took the long way to Crater Lake, but  it was worth the drive. The lake is spectacular and so unbelievably blue it seems unreal.  With an expecting mama, a four-year old, and a COPD-stricken grandpa, we limited our walk to the rim, snapping photos and trying to stay ahead of the summer crowds.

There’s still snow on the ground and we plodded through it, trying not to slip, on our way to the gift shop.  There’s not a lot for us to do but admire the lake’s beauty and walk its rim, so we decided to get ice cream and browse the souvenirs before heading out for the Umpqua Scenic Highway (62).

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We auto toured Hwy 62, the Umpqua Rogue Scenic Byway, stopping at the areas that offered walking paths easy enough for our crew. The power of the Rogue is fierce and is evident through water carved natural bridges and ledges.

There’s no swimming here, true to its name, the water’s rough and wild, a rogue river indeed. The area is postcard perfect, the greenery and trees plentiful.  I see an RV trip in my future alongside the Rogue!

We’re spending quality time with family for the next few days, catching up and enjoying our short time with each other.  After that, it’s off to Cascade Locks, Oregon and the Columbia River Gorge. More adventures and pictures to come!

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