Heading back to Oregon, we stopped off at Bend – a place renown for its mountain biking, breweries, oh and that it gets 300 days of sunshine a year! Of course, we sampled the beers and took some bikes out for the day to take in picturesque Deschutes river – reminiscent of a scene from Wind and the Willows..
Here we also had our first experience of overnight parking/camping in Walmart – slept like a log..
Leaving Bend we drove and camped in the meadows around Mount Hood – it isn’t a mountain, it’s an active volcano, and boy is it beautiful.. perfectly symmetrical and forever changing in the light, we could’ve stared at it for ages…
We said goodbye to our trusted stead and upgraded to a Nissan for our drive down to San Francisco, taking in Crater Lake en route – again just stunning! No place else on earth combines a deep, pure lake, so blue in colour; sheer surrounding cliffs, almost two thousand feet high; two picturesque islands; and a violent volcanic past.