Day 211 Sunday 9th November McKenzie Bridge Oregon
We left our over-nite camp this morning, without anyone asking us to move along, which is always nice, in steady rain which lasted most of the morning. But I must add when it did stop, we had brilliant sunshine, which unfortunately didn’t last too long. Our first stop was in the township of Sisters. The nearby Cascade Mountains range has three large mountains all over 10,000’ and they are called the Three Sisters, hence the name. We were debating which route to take to McKenzie Bridge; however this was resolved when we attempted Rte 242 and found a sign telling us the road was closed a short distance up the road. We then took Rte 126 which was very picturesque driving thru the National Forests, rain and low cloud was then the order of the day.
One of the features of the National Forest, both here in Oregon and Idaho is that there are many ‘official’ camping grounds along the way, most of which are closed at this time of year.
Today has been the earliest we’ve stopped; in fact it was 1pm. We are in Belknap Hot Springs and Gardens. We stayed in this very place back in 2004 after Angela and Micah’s wedding. We had a hire car then, so we stayed in the accommodation overlooking the McKenzie River, this time of course, we are in our RV and are still overlooking the same river. It’s a beautiful place, with the hot springs heating a large swimming pool. We are parked next to the pool and after lunch took a dip in the lovely warm water, even though it was lightly raining. The outside temperature was about 15C (60 deg F) and the pool was around 100F and very pleasant. We both got out of the pool an hour or so later looking rather prune-like I must add.
We have finally left the corn fields of the north central states, and are now travelling thru beautiful stands of Lodge Pole Pines and lush Douglas Firs and Red Cedar Forests on the Scenic Byways of Oregon.
The remainder of the afternoon was spent relaxing and Steve spent some time looking at the new software program to try and master a few more tricks. It’s not long now and we’ll be back in Napa, can’t wait.