Leaving Chiloquin we travel south on US 97, along the eastern shore of Klamath Lake to Klamath Falls, then north again on the western side of the lake. Klamath is the largest lake west of the Great Lakes!
|Striking blue sky, snow peaked Mt. McLaughlin, grassland (irrigation equipment too) and railroad all in one shot. |
... all this while we're rolling down the road.
A few minutes later though, I did get a fairly good shot of another unusual bird species -- at least to us: white pelicans. We saw several groups of them this morning. Brown pelicans are common to us -- having lived in Florida for many years, but these were white with black wingtips.
The route we've been on since before we reached Crater Lake is known as Volcanic Legacy Scenic Byway and the scenes, even beyond the volcanic remains and Lake Klamath, are pretty spectacular, even through the bug splattered windshield. We ran into a rainstorm of these little beasts somewhere on the east side of the lake.
|The buggers are all over the windshield -- squashing my photography efforts!|
|From our approach to Medford, we got a glimpse of beautiful snow covered Mount Shasta in the distance!|
In the end we stayed two nights at Valley of the Rogue State Park near Gold Hill, about 20 miles out of Medford. We took advantage of being in a metro area and bought a new set of electric clippers for grooming the dogs. The weather temperatures are pretty warm mid-day.... high 80's.
After some deliberation, we decided to go on to Coburg for a few adjustments to Endie. We found some discoloration of the bathroom tile grout and dampness in the corner leading us to believe there might be a leak around the water heater.
We'll catch the southern coast of Oregon another time.