In addition to finding out things about our house we didn't want to hear...and spending copious amounts of money on things I never thought I would...we made the road trip to central Oregon to pick up my beloved Cougar and take a couple road trips around the area to reacquaint ourselves with the beauty that is Oregon...
First up was Crater Lake...a place I hadn't been to in possibly 15 years. While the photos you see are beautiful, like the Grand Canyon, the size of it just doesn't get the justice deserved through photographs. You have to see it to believe it. We spent a few hours walking back and forth near the lodge, watching the color of the water change and clouds flew overhead. Afterward, we headed back out, stopping at various lookouts along the way and even getting in a snowball fight (in July!).
On our way back to the Willamette Valley, we stopped at the big obsidian flow in Newberry Crater, which is the largest volcano in Oregon (no, not Mt. Hood or Mt. Mazama). Again, photos can show the rocks and the flow, but to understand the size of the flow, you have to see it and scale it. After walking a good 15 minutes up the side and around the top, I realized that we had barely scratched the surface of this massive pile of lava.
If you ever visit Oregon, a trip to the central region and the beauty of the high desert is a must. Having just moved from GZ...the clean air and silence of the evenings is something to treasure. In fact, expat son did nothing but look out the window of the car and say, 'look, trees! REAL trees!'