Road Tripping (Dream) pt. 1: Portland to Crater Lake

23 Feb

Back in the fall I wrote a piece with a map of a dream trip that Tammy and I would like to do at some point partly as friends and partly as a business plan to acquire product and to improve what we do. We use a LOT of semi precious stone and have talked for many years of what we would do if we could make it to the largest rock and gem show in our country in Arizona. I decided to take this a lot further and do a mega 1 month road trip with eating adventures, hikes, and hot spot visits there and back all because of a writing prompt that seems oh so fun and spoke to my spirit of travel. When you read these installments please keep in mind that this is dream land and we have not as of yet been able to actually do ANY of this regardless of what tense I am writing in…

imagesWe start with a slow leisurely Southern brunch at the BEST spot in Portland, Oregon for a hearty start: Screen Door has been serving fantastic comfort foods fresh from the farm to the plate for some time now. Although they are not really Paleo (both Tammy and I strive to stay mostly (80/20) we do venture into gluten free non-paleo occasionally) the grits and potatoes are worth a minor detour on our dietary path to a healthy life.  Once our tummies are full and our minds are fully on the go we hit the road for the slightly over four and a half hour trek down the Oregon segment of interstate and highway system.

The slow start was possible by the fact that we had the fan fully loaded with everything we could possibly need or want over the course of the month while leaving ample room for our fun shopping along the way and especially in Arizona (or that is our hope anyway)!

What we packed into our mini van of fun:

* 2 small tents that are fast to set up and take down

* 2 camp mats

* 2 pillows

* 2 sleeping bags

* 2 lap blankets

* 2 flashlights

* 2 small lanters

* 1 medium 7 day coolers loaded with healthy vegetables, cooked meats, nuts, and fruits for hikes, snacks, and meals to last us till we get to vegas

* French Press for our morning coffee desires

* a 2 burner camp stove with 2 cylinders of gas

* small pot to heat water and cook in

* a medium skillet to make fast and easy meals

* plates, bowls, cups, thermos, eating utensils, and knives

* personal gear: clothes, hair supplies, hygiene, etc.

* Cameras, and electronics

*Batteries

this is a brief list but you get the idea that we plan to do a bunch of camping along with a few select stays in leisure.

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When we get to our first real stop at Crater Lake National Park, we decided that for the best view with a great rate without detracting from the natural beauty we will camp at the Lost Creek campground. We get to be within easy walk to a great lookout point and in the morning we can enjoy a scrumptious breakfast at the Crater Lake Lodge restaurant. There are over ninety miles of trails to hike including the Pacific Crest Trail passes through this National Park.

After breakfast, we wander over to the Rim Visitors center to take a look at things, get a few more maps, and pay for our backcountry permits. We loaded up out hiking packs with yummy food that will help us make it though hard hiking with enough energy to really revel in the aw inspiring beauty of this area with the solitude brought by the limit number of people allowed to visit at a time. We spend the majority of the day (from mid morning till dusk) hiking the Pacific Crest Trail then jigging off onto the Rim Trail that takes us right to the rim of Crater lake for the spectacular views.

After a long but relaxing day of hiking we make it back to camp to cook up a fast stir fry of steak and mixed vegetable to spoon over cauli-rice with large bowls of egg drop soup to warm us down to our toes.

We would like to have time and leisure to stay a few more days but adventure and new experiences are calling so in the morning we load the van back up, take a hot shower on that camp ground showers, visit the Lodge restaurant again for a hearty breakfast while we pull the photos off our camera cards and make our first real blog to make live once we reach a location with internet since Crater Lake has no; phone, cell, or internet. We then look at the maps and information collected on places to see and foods to taste on our next leg of the journey to Mt. Shasta.

Check back often to get the next installment on this dream trip and please post comments with your own pictures and tales sharing your dreams and experiences as we love the sharing that our followers contribute.

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