Crater Lake & Truckee. 9-3-16

We left Diamond Lake after breakfast on a clear and cold morning. It was in the upper 30’s when we pulled out.  We had an 8 mile ride to the park entrance and 13 more miles to the first viewing area.

Entering the park at Crater Lake.
Entering the park at Crater Lake.

After showing our park passes we drove into the park and soon were in a Pumice Desert.  A strange landscape for sure.

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Pumice Desert
Pumice Desert

Our first viewings of Crater Lake are shown below and we were blown away with the view of the lake from here and the other three places we stopped.

 

Our first view.
Our first view.
Snow still on the lake shore
Snow still on the lake shore

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To give you perspective there is a sightseeing boat with about 20 people in it in the picture.
To give you perspective there is a sightseeing boat with about 20 people in this picture.
A picture Bill and I are submitting to a national barbers publication.
A picture Bill and I are submitting to the national barber’s publication.

Time to leave this area and move on.  The road took us down to the high desert or plains area with ranches and many hay farms.  We were still on the Volcanic Trail and enjoying the changing scenery.

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We entered California and the terrain became more hilly and forested.  We passed many dry lakes and few people.

Almost dry lake.

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We ended up in Susanville, CA and decided to go on to Truckee, CA.  We arrived in Truckee at 5:30 and started looking for a room.  It’s Saturday, Labor Day weekend and the town is packed, but we luck out and find a place to park.

We get on my phone and start looking and it doesn’t look good.  I see an old hotel about a half a block away and call it.  No answer, I call again, no answer.  We walk down to the hotel on the chance there may still be a room.  We walk into a busy lobby, the phone was ringing off the hook and the woman at the desk was ignoring it and checking in guests.  I waited until she was done and asked if there were any rooms.  She said no then stopped and said oh yes, I just had a cancellation.  She had a two bed room on the 3’rd floor facing South toward the train tracks.  I said we we’ll take it. She said would you like to see it.  No, we’ll take it.  Two couples came in behind us an asked for rooms.  We lucked out in a resort town, Saturday night of Labor Day weekend in California.

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The Truckee Hotel
The Truckee Hotel
Looking down Dinner Pass road from our veranda.
Looking down Donner Pass road from our veranda.
My room for the night in a Hotel built in the 1800's
My room for the night in a Hotel built in the 1800’s

The bathrooms and showers were in rooms down the hall but proved no problem.

Tomorrow we are off to Lake Tahoe and the Mamoth Lakes.

Saw no evidence of a Moose problem here at Truckee as I blog in this 34 deg. morning.  Many different languages being spoken here as we eat and blog this morning.  No compulsion to get’em outa here.

Tomorrow we go to a Black church.  Think it will help our cause.

Two Corinthians went to a bar and we decided to join them.

 

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