Up around the Bend, Oregon that is. I packed many things for my road trip from Monterey, California to Vancouver, British Columbia. Snowshoes would have truly been a valuable asset for this mid-June trip.
This is a photo taken on Cascade Lakes Scenic Byway Friday, June 17, 2011. The location is about 25 miles from Bend, Oregon.
Reader Kyle commented on my outbound description of Oregon that Bend is the most beautiful place in Oregon. That statement prompted me to ask some travelers in Vancouver who concurred Bend was a place to see. The views were great, but for some reason the internet went down in two hotels I visited while in Bend.
I have plenty of photographic evidence to support the “most beautiful’ statement from a day in the city of Bend and this scenic drive that loops from lake to lake on the Cascade Lakes Scenic Byway while driving south toward Crater Lake National Park. The road to enter Crater Lake from the north side is still closed by snow.
Cascade Lakes Scenic Byway is an easy drive in good weather on a road that is surprisingly flat and well paved.
Despite all the snow, the air temperature was in the mid-60s before noon in the lakes region. There were plenty of places to lay in the sun and get tanned.
The past two days I met people on the roadside who suggested scenic roads for my trip through Oregon.
Thanks for the kindness strangers.