running from the cold and the snow

Spent last night in Umpqua Nat Forest, at a nice spot on a tight curvy FS road above the river.

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Once parked I took the maiden voyage on the new scoot around a big loop above the Umpqua River – it was cold, and I had the wrong gear, so I only did 30 miles or so.

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This morning we woke to snow on the ground and streets, and head out to Crater Lake.

Instead, we got Diamond Lake – Crater Lake was closed, unless you have a snowmobile.

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Bummer, and only 5 miles away from it too :(

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So we hauled ass south to Weed………… California – that’s right – Weed, the city.  Welcome to the Land of Fruit and Nuts.IMG_0266 IMG_0267

Headed SE to Lassen Nat. Volcanic Park

 

 

Everybody say Hoh…….Rainforest

Moving around Olympic, I encountered yet ANOTHER rainforest – the Hoh, with the Hoh River running thru it.  Not quite as brutal a river, but just as fast.  There were no park rangers standing guard, only this guy, overseeing his harem.

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A fine example of the Roosevelt Elk that occupy the Park.  And one of his ladies grazing at the pond above.

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The next morning we rolled on to Ruby Beach, and found this breathtaking scene of a creek entering the ocean.

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The next beach down had a campground, and was empty, until the sun went down.  So I emptied all the blackberries from the vines for a breakfast meal.  Yes, November blackberries – unbelievably delicious.

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Beaches of Olympic Nat. Park

After leaving Sol Duc, we drove a few minutes over to Rialto Beach, where we ate some lunch and enjoyed a couple of squalls.

 

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Yes this is a tree – the beach is covered with these monsters.

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Took a walk on the beach, and The Dude even went for a swim.  He was hit by a wave that knocked him on his ass, and I had to jump in and save him from being washed out to Canada.  Pretty funny to me, but I don’t think The Dude enjoyed it much, the water was as cold as the air.IMG_0076

His Dudeness recovering after a hot shower.

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Why do they call it a rain forest?

Because the rainforest of Olympic Nat Park gathers 12 FEET of rainfall every year. I experienced about a foot this week myself. I started my journey entering by Crescent Lake, a divided lake formed by glaciers thousands of years ago.IMG_0039

On the way in I got this weather alert on the phone – 4-7 inches accumulation tonight – uh-oh!!

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I spent the night on the Sol Duc River, I chose not to paddle because I wanted to LIVE and tell this story.  Scary but fantastic.

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This is what a rain forest looks like – kinda.  You must see it for yourself to get the REAL pictures.

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Working on video now.