Vacation 2021: Crater Lake, Oregon


We are back this week. Its good to be home, but I do miss the beautiful sights of southern Oregon.

Our trip was a rollercoaster that didn't go as planned, but we made the best of it and created some great memories that we will have for the rest of our lives.

Day 1

Our drive down should have only been 4-5 hours long. We planned on stopping in Redmond to see the Redmond Cave, then heading south to Bend and the High Desert Museum. None of that happened.

Due to A fire south of Estacada, our main route south was closed, an hour into our trip, we ended up having to backtrack north again to take another route. Once we finally hit highway 22 toward our destination, all the fire damage cleanup had traffic at a standstill. With all the sitting we did, there was plenty of time to see the world around us, and think about the immense power of the fire that destroyed the area. Its jaw dropping and a little frightening. We even saw a burnt out fire engine left on the side of the road. Wasn't able to get a picture of it.

Finally checked into our cabin at Mazama Village at 5:30pm, keep in mind we were on the road at 9am and I had a migraine the whole drive. At first glance, the room was wonderful. On second look, the view out the one window was desert forest and nothing special. Whatever, we didn't plan on spending much time in the cabin anyway.

The bathroom was a complete disaster. The door wouldn't close all the way, which completely freaked my kids out, and the placement of the toilet paper to the lopsided toilet seat was awkward to say the least. Someone's black hair was on the towels and stuck to the shower wall. I've seen nicer bathrooms at a rest stop, but I digress.

Day 2

Since the food situation in the village and at the rim of Crater Lake was very much not autism or kid friendly, we decided to take an hour drive to Klamath Falls where we found an Arby's (best meal we had the whole trip sadly) and a grocery store where we bought sandwich makings to keep the boys appeased.

Most of us ate standing up, before stimming in the Arby's. Frankly, I didn't care. Let the boys be boys. 

After lunch and the hour drive back to Mazama Village, we hit the rim. Crater Lake here we come. The weather was glorious. A little windy, but clear and smoke free.

After spending a while looking around and taking some awesome photos, we went back to the cabin for a rest before dinner (sandwiches).

We drank some adult juice and the boys perfected the art of ultimate Oreo stacking. Middle son found a stick that he was proud of, so husband found a bigger stick... Of course they had a stick fight... I'm surrounded by boys.

Day 3

Since everyone was up early, we hit the road at 5:30am and made our way home. The drive was much shorter and we got back to the house by 10:30am. The boys of course spent the rest of the day on their computers catching up on their gaming or whatever they do all day, and the husband and I sat on the front porch and did absolutely nothing. It was glorious. 

If you would like to see more photos, I uploaded some to my Instagram. Link is on the right side bar. You can also find me directly on facebook here.

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