Days 16 & 17

Monday we went to the beach one more time before we started driving, even though it was about 55 degrees. Lexi got in the water anyway, and Torsten had fun digging with a shovel. Then we drove back to Portland and ate lunch at Native Foods Cafe, which is completely vegan. (The kids didn’t know their macaroni and cheese was made with veggies and not cheese!) Then we drove and drove to Crater Lake. It is a collapsed volcano and is the deepest lake in the country and second deepest in North America. We got there about dinner time, so we took a few pictures and ate dinner at a restaurant there. It was probably the worst food we’ve eaten on the trip so far, but at least lunch was good! Then we drove another 45 minutes to spend the night in Klamath Falls.

Tuesday we got up early to start driving to California! After driving awhile on some winding roads through forests (redwoods!) and mountains, we arrived at Crescent City, California for lunch. We ate at a good local restaurant and stopped to walk on the beach and then continued on our way. We stopped at a place called Trees of Mystery and did a walking tour to see different kinds of redwood trees. (They are so big and so old-its mind-boggling!) Then we took a gondola above the canopy way, way up to gaze at the…fog. (Couldn’t see the ocean, but we saw an interesting bird at least.) I had to face my fear of heights again as the tram had us dangling very high in the air. Torsten and Lexi loved it, of course, and loved that it scared me so much. Then we drove a little farther to Ferndale, which is full of beautiful Victorian style houses. Our room there was at someone’s house in a little apartment above their garage. It was very cute! We walked into the thriving metropolis of Ferndale (population 1700) to eat at the Victoria Inn. Our meal was delicious, one of the best of the trip so far, which made up for the night before. We walked up and down the quaint little Main Street before retiring to our room.

Conquer sunbathing on a cloudy morning
Conquer sunbathing on a cloudy morning at a safe distance from the water
Lunch at Native Foods Cafe
Lunch at Native Foods Cafe
Inn in Seaside
Inn in Seaside
Crater Lake
Crater Lake

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Pretty sunset
Pretty sunset
Yummy grilled cheese
Yummy grilled cheese
Beach at Crescent City
Beach at Crescent City

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Talking Paul Bunyon statue that responded to the kids
Talking Paul Bunyon statue that responded to the kids
Elephant Tree
Elephant Tree

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Whoa! Big trees!
Whoa! Big trees!
Cathedral trees where many weddings take place each year
Cathedral trees where many weddings take place each year
Root system of a redwood
Root system of a redwood
The gondola
The gondola

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Can't believe I'm doing this!
Can’t believe I’m doing this!
Torsten loved it!
Torsten loved it!
View of the fog from the top
View of the fog from the top
Bird
Bird
Lexi loved it too!
Lexi loved it too!

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Dinner
Dinner
Victoria Inn in Ferndale where we ate dinner
Victoria Inn in Ferndale where we ate dinner
View from our hotel room
View from our hotel room
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