After a long weekend in Bend, Oregon, where Goddess and I attended a National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) course called Wilderness First Aid (WFA), we took the long way home. Bend is only about 3.5 hours from our house, but it took us about 8 hours. The snow here at the summit of Cascade Lakes National Scenic Byway that had fallen over the weekend had turned to ice, so the going was slow for a few miles. But more than anything, we took many a side trip for different views and experiences. Our only disappointment of the whole drive was that the north entrance to Crater Lake was closed due to the snow, so we didn’t get to see the lake on this trip. Sure we’ve seen it many times, but have yet to see it from the north side when the rim and surrounding mountains are covered in snow.
I mentioned the WFA course. It’s a course I cannot recommend enough to everyone. The focus is on first aid issues in the wilderness, but it’s info that is equally useful in an urban setting. You might be able to find one near you either through your parks & recreation agency or through REI.