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Bend to Ashland

via Crater Lake

overcast 18 °C

We left Bend just after 9am for the drive to Crater Lake. It was very overcast but looked like it should clear. How wrong we were. We paid our $15 at the North Entrance. By the time we reached the Rim Drive at 8,000', we were in dense fog. At the first lookout, we peered into the fog and could just make out the far side of the lake. The exit via the South Entrance was the shortest way but that would meaning crossing a 8,500 pass in terrible fog. It was not a difficult decision - we returned to the North Entrance and joined Hwy 230 south to Medford on what turned out to be a very scenic drive. The following photo was taken by me in August 1980

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Just before Medford in Eagle Point, we dropped into the Agate Ridge Vineyard where their tasting-room was a beautiful 106 year old weatherboard cottage. sampling a few whites and reds, we bought a Petite Sirah, a Viognier/Sauvignon Blanc and a Marsanne/Viognier

Medford tself was another town completely destroyed by freeways

We continued down to Ashland and had great difficulty finding a room as the Shakespeare Festival happened to be on. We eventually found the good "Manor Motel"

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In the evening, we went to the Caldera Tap House, drank good local Pilsener and ate some felafel and cheesy garlic french fries!

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Posted by kforge 21:33 Archived in USA

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I'm so sorry you didn't get to see Crater Lake in all its glory! My first trip there was in an early Sept snowstorm, but I hung around at the lodge, had lunch, and viola! The sun came out and it was glorious! The blue, blue lake and the fresh white snow made for quite the pretty picture!

by Alexis

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