We had a few minor things to sort at the RV dealer in Eugene and we picked up our car. Then we headed east up to the Williamette National Forest and the playground along the McKenzie River. And a real playground it is!
We hiked along the McKenzie River Trail, one of the premier mountain biking trails in the west. We soaked in a natural hot springs. We marveled at forests petrified in 200 feet of icy cold water -- remnants of the volcanic eruption that formed Clear Lake over 3,000 years ago. We gazed at Blue Pool -- a deep pool that just "appears" in the forest.
And yes, when the lightening and thunder and rain filled the sky -- we were warm and dry in "Bessie". Loving It.
|The BLUE POOL. And it really is that BLUE! Cold -- entire river is less than 40F so no swimming!|
|Bessie of the Forest!|
|Waterfalls along the McKenzie River, Williamette National Forest|
|A big tree falls on the trail.....let's go OVER it.|
|The McKenzie River National Recreation Trail. Walkers and Riders. WOW|
|Another Falls along the River|
|Clear Lake, formed 3,000 years ago when Sand Mountain erupted. Lava dammed the River.|
|DEEP water hides a still standing, petrified forest...from 3,000 years ago!|
|Walk, walk, walk. Oh a lovely trail.|