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Panther Meadows

October 11, 2016 Comments off

After renewing at the campground for another night, we headed to the Visitor Center to find out what to see.

The list was Panther Meadows; McCloud lower, middle and upper falls; and Castle Lake.

OK, then, off we set up the hill to around 7,500 feet (only half the elevation of Mount Shasta) and Panther Meadows. There’s a primitive campground there with quite a few folks staying. By the way, it was cold (39 deg) this morning at only 4,000 feet.






Then we wound down the hill and decided to have lunch – at Burger Express – and guess what we could see out of the window whilst we ate?


More later about McCloud Falls and Castle Lake.

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October 10, 2016 Comments off

The Lance Owners fun can be found on This Thread (requires registration, but no payment).

So, we set off this morning, kind of starting out on our way home. South. Towards the warm.

First stop, Lake Siskiyou. Views of Mt. Shasta.


And Lake Siskiyou and Mt. Shasta


Tomorrow, relax day, pootle around, since today, B got laundry done and we went grocery shopping, so the time is going to be completely free.

Categories: camping, Uncategorized

Devil’s Lake

September 29, 2016 Comments off

It was an easy drive from Champoeg to Lincoln City. Much easier, in fact, than driving through Lincoln City itself, where despite reasonable speed limits, the average speed was about 5 mph.

It’s a bit colder by the ocean, but not horribly so.

We got some chores done, including purchasing a higher quality hose to replace the cheapo one that kept falling out of the holding tank spritzer inlet. The new one is cast brass rather than stamped, and it fits and holds much, much better.

So, this is Devil’s Lake:


with B at the end of the boat launch.

First lake that we’ve come across that isn’t way down. Sold its soul? Nah, it’s connected to the ocean.

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Down the road to History

September 28, 2016 Comments off

Detroit Lake was so pretty and the light was so great that 2 more photos are presented:



A pair of fearless ducks just strutted around our camp site and preened for the camera!


It was an easy, and for the most part, a very pretty journey to our current location, Champoeg State Recreation Area, where it is alleged that the process of Oregon becoming a State was begun. There’s not much of the town left as a flood washed it away.

The state park is full of trees, and the cottonwoods are losing their leaves fast.


We can’t visit somewhere on this trip without taking a photo of water, so, here’s the Willamette River.


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Eastward Ho!

September 21, 2016 Comments off

We headed East from Ashland on Oregon 66, which was pretty darn twisty for the first few miles (but now we’ve done Scott Mountain, it was a breeze). From then on it was high plains to Klamath Falls, and then 140 further east after a couple of 5k feet passes to end up at Junipers Lake RV park, where interestingly, and not remembering, we’d spent a night maybe 7 years ago in another trip to Oregon.

The park has changed a lot since then. It’s tidied up, has decent facilities (including functional wifi and a laundry) and is currently hosting a Lance TC and another Lance TT 🙂 .

We thought of heading east from here, but we decided to leave that to another trip, as it’s kind of high in elevation in that direction and it’s getting kind of cold around here.

Plan B is to head north. We have reservations at LaPine State Park for Friday and Saturday nights, so we only have to fill in for tomorrow night and there are multiple choices along the way.

So we are kind of circling around central Oregon with a view to finding ourselves at Joseph H Stewart State Park on the 7th October for a Lance group hug.

Categories: camping, Road trip

Eureka to Yreka (amongst other places)

September 20, 2016 Comments off

After our sojourn at Eureka, we headed across country to a fine little RV park, (named BigFoot) in Junction City, which is perhaps not aptly named as it is neither a junction nor a city.


Camped in the woods


The Trinity River

We poked around the Weaverville Museum, which is mostly a collection of domestic items donated to the museum – I imagine because the owners no longer had any space for them. But it was fun to see the history of the place laid out.

Next day, we took Highway 3 north, past the almost empty Trinity Lake (which is amazing, since the last time I went past here was in 1999 on the motorcycle, and the lake was nearly up to the road. Now it is a hundred or more feet down).

The road was great until we ascended Scott Mountain, which was, shall we say, ‘technical’ for towing a trailer. I recall being down to walking speed on some of the curves riding the motor cycle, so I leave it to you to imagine how tight the curves are.

But down the other side and through Scott Valley was a breeze, and a completely different landscape of farmland instead of trees. At Yreka, we hit I-5 north and exited at Ashland, headed for Jackson County’s Emigrant Lake campground. We were lucky to find a spot, surprising on a Monday, and it quickly filled up after we arrived. It’s a beautiful setting, but again, the lake is empty.


We took a look at Golden Townsite- an old mining village. Heck, that hydraulic mining was destructive!

Indian Flats

August 3, 2013 Comments off


Indian Flats campground is an isolated place. About 7 miles North of Warner Springs, CA along a choppy, twisty road, we’d been there many times in the Westfalia camper. This was the first time using the Xterra. Quick comparison: for getting there, there is none, the Xterra blows the VW out of the water in terms of handling, sure-footedness and performance; for ‘style of residence’, oh, we do miss the convenience of the Westfalia.

But here’s a thing, it’s early fire season hereabouts. There’s only one way out of Indian Flats in the VW, because it probably couldn’t cope with the gnarly dirt/rocky road over to Chihuahua Valley Road westward. But the Xterra can, and that’s a comfort thing.

Anyhow, the place was deserted except for us, and it was oh, so quiet, not even aircraft to disturb us. Idyllic.

And brunch at the Orchard Restaurant at the Santa Ysabel Casino for $9.09 for two  (Country Breakfast). Outstanding.

Categories: camping, Xterra