Klamath National Wildlife Refuge, Oregon.
I had run up the pass, hoping to get sunset pictures of the persistent line of rainshowers down near Mount Shasta. They had been developing all day and sliding to the east, so it would just be a matter of waiting for a cloud to drift into the right spot.
That is, until an hour before sunset, when the showers collapsed and took their fun with them.
But I was up on the ridge line, having a look at several vantage points. Some actually give views not just to the south, but also north.
That worked out for me.
At least the haze and the clouds in the distance cooperated a bit.
And it’s a good thing I thought to grab a hoodie before walking out the door. It was a very pleasant 85°F (29°C) here at the house, but a decidedly brisk 48°F (09°C) in a stiff northwest wind up on the ridge. That wind was right in the face in this view.
It was a good reminder that it’s still spring.
Although it’s not quite autumn, we’re getting hints of it here in southern Oregon.
The last few months have been quite crazy for both Goddess and I. I trained for and rode the annual Seattle to Portland bike ride (200 miles/322km), then jumped right into Bike School. As soon as I was done with Bike School, Goddess started her schooling.
I’ll leave it up to her to announce what that may be, should she choose.
Knowing that I had but a few weeks before I started the next phase of Bike School, we decided to head to one of the high mountain lakes for a bit of a breather.
She took her books to study, I took my camera.
Here we are at Fourmile Lake, one of the highest lakes in Oregon, sitting at 5,800′. Up there, it’s autumn. Unfortunately, it’s all evergreen trees. I’m hoping for some color.
But after a long, hot summer, the lake water, all from snow melt, is still darn cold. Just as it should be.
It was a nice break before the weekend, where I spent a morning tackling Mount Ashland, our local mountain, on my bicycle.
Nothing significant, but it can be when the race starts in town (1,800′) and it’s every racer for themselves to the top (6,500′). For the quick ones, it’s between 1.5 and 2 hours. For the rest of us, it’s closer to 3 hours.
Most of it suffering.
For all of us.
But when there’s scenery like this around, none of it should be considered suffering.
Tumalo Falls is a nice waterfall just to the west of Bend, Oregon.
Goddess and I made the drive up on a sunny Sunday morning before leaving Bend. It’s at the end of a dead-end road, but at the focal point for outdoor adventure. Never mind the dozen or so road cyclists we passed on the way out, each turnoff had several cars with bike racks for those headed off to the trails or to fish the pristine water.
In other words, my kind of place.
I’m just working on convincing Goddess that it’s her kind of place too.
Although, with scenes like this right out the back door, I don’t think there needs to be much convincing.
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A wider view than last, capturing the gorgeous blue water, shallow along the shore of Wizard Island.
And while that water looks tropical, I seriously doubt that it is, considering the lake is fed only by snowmelt every spring.
But you can swim in that hole, like these folks did.
Or you can swim across the entire lake. Twice. Like these folks did.
If last night’s view of the Northern California coast doesn’t work for us, this is always 90 minutes away.
Goddess repeated several times “How is this even real?”. She was awestruck by not only the scenery, but the natural colors, especially in the rocks.
And the water. Oft cited as the most pure water in North America, the deep blues here are impressive. But the turquoise blues in the shallows around Wizard Island (foreground) are astounding. Perhaps a pic will follow…