We took the long way up, through Lassen National Park, picnicking at Manzanita Lake with the Canadian Geese. We arrived at Crater Lake in the evening (photo above). Aahh, life is good.
Note: our stay at the cabins at the Crater Lake National Park "Motor Inn" was not restful. The beds were terrible for me, even with a blow-up wedge. The second night the power was out in most of Southern Oregon (Crater Lake lost power for 8 hours). The maids left the room doors open while cleaning, so there were mosquitoes in my room. There were very big, black ants on the rugs and walls. All this for only $128 per night!
The hiking was easy and fun at Crater Lake, but it was hot and dry. If you stamped your foot on the trail, a cloud of dust would rise up. The pictures don't do it justice.
On the way home the next day we stopped at the Rogue River Gorge and smelled some of that wonderful damp forest smell I remember from Butano Canyon in Pescadero, CA. The river gorge is formed from lava and is spectacular. Again, the pictures don't do it justice.
We saw a play in Ashland: Distracted. It was sad/funny and we both liked it a lot. The playwright, Lisa Loomer, took several shots at Bush and the current administration, which the audience liked (me too). About 5 years ago the anti-Bush sentiments would not have been so well received. Now being anti-war-Bush is all the rage. The anti-Bush shots, however, are not what the play is about. The play is about ADHD and how various people approach treatment. One of my favorite lines in the play was when a psychologist tells the mom that an opening has just opened up in the psychologist's schedule. The mom says, "You mean somebody got well?"