Klamath Falls, OR

I started out from Pendleton this morning and pulled into the Shell station next door to refuel. I was surprised to see a young man by the pump waiting for me to swipe my card so he could pump the gas. He told me that a new Oregon state law (or maybe an initiative that isn’t binding?) was for full service at gas stations. He said it was to create more jobs, and to that I say Hallelujia! I always loved fuel stops in NJ as they never went to self service. But after years of pumping my own fuel it feels sort of weird to stand by, so the next time I stopped I told the kid that I was going inside and that I wanted my receipt. When I came back out the tank was full and the receipt was under the windshield wiper. I’m all for providing an alternative for young kids to find employment somewhere other than McDonalds and fast food places, and I don’t mind paying a couple cents more at the pump. I’d rather give it to a kid who is working for it than a huge oil company who has been gouging us on the price of gas for a long time.

Next I want to thank Bob C. for his comment on Lewiston being in Idaho. I ALWAYS get it mixed up, whether inputting it to the GPS or mapquest, and I usually get some sort of response such as “No Match”. There are so many places with Lewis in their names in this part of the country that I just can’t keep up with it. And he mentioned that wheat was farmed on the hillsides, and I have a ocuple of photos below showing the wheat fields before and after harvest. The wheat is a beautiful golden color and you can’t miss it.

I really like Eastern Oregon. It is stark in appearance, high desert, and beautiful. Here are a couple of photos of what appear to be trees that were purposefully planted, but they are so close together I can’t imagine what they are. The photos were taken along I-84, and that is the Columbia River to the right.

By the time I was nearing the end of today’s journey I was really sick of all the small towns along US 97. The speed limit is 55, and then you must slow to 45, 35, 30, and often 25. Even after driving 55, 25 seems like a crawl. I was ready to drive non-stop to Sacramento after a while. Then I approached the turn-off to the northern entrance to Crater Lake. I pulled over and called the Klamath Falls Motel 6 to make sure I could get a room this evening, and then headed for Crater Lake.

Don’t cry, Texas and Oklahoma, but in the middle of August there is still snow on the ground from last winter! I think the road I was driving on reached about 7682 feet in elevation.

I have never seen anything so gorgeous! It definitely requires a return trip, and I think one of these days or years, there will be a camping trip for my granddaughter and me: Crater Lake, Lake Shasta, and Lassen Volcanic NP for starters.

And FINALLY, (sorry to be so wordy), I have had a number of people comment that I drive too many miles in a day, that I should slow down and enjoy it more, take it easy, etc. Judy and I have discussed this a number of times, and yesterday in an exchange of emails I wrote this to her, and she suggested that I post it to my blog, so here it is. It’s just the way I feel now, and I don’t expect many RVers to agree, nor do I want them to. Everyone should live and explore in the manner that is comfortable to them. I sure hope Judy wasn’t kidding me about posting it!

I’ve really enjoyed the scenery – the open vistas and the closed in forests. I love taking pictures but I’m no photographer; I don’t see well enough to distinguish birds, although I can see small animals they are usually too quick for me to grab my camera. Long gone are the days when I tried to see and do everything, walk through endless museums, dioramas, etc. and read every memorial board I came across.

This country is incredibly beautiful, even in the areas that look mediocre to begin with and I can drive along and wonder what life was like a hundred or a thousand years ago, who were the Norwegians that came to places that were so tough to live in, and what will happen now that their children are long gone from states like North Dakota. What would it have been like on the Plains when huge buffalo herds roamed there, and what about the Indians who revered and used them. These are the things I think about when driving, and what I enjoy most.”

I will have to add that I saw directions today to a museum that I think I would like to visit, and I’ll make a note to return to it someday. It is the Museum of the High Desert. Why do I want to see that and not another? I have no idea except that I’ve always been interested in high desert – but sure wouldn’t want to live in one!

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16 Responses to Klamath Falls, OR

  1. Anonymous says:

    Hi! Those trees you saw along I-84 near Umatilla, OR are Popular trees and were intented for making pulp originally. They are now using them for furniture and are harvested on about a 6-year cycle. Bob C.

  2. Jim and Dee says:

    Great pictures! We've never been anywhere near where you've been lately. The snow is amazing being this late in the season, how Texas would love some of that for water. Enjoy your travels no matter how you get to where you're going. I'm glad to see you on the road and enjoying it.

  3. JoJo says:

    Those pictures are awesome I bet it could be breath taking. Stay safe

  4. Anonymous says:


  5. That part of the country is really beautiful and is on our future agenda, Your pictures are great so your vision doesn't affect your picture taking. Just have fun and enjoy this great country of ours, Be safe out there. Sam & Donna…

  6. I agree with your gas views at the pump. I've never liked being a 'gas jockey' either & much prefer the rare & hard to find 'full service' gas stations. Remember when they used to even check your oil & clean your windshield. And yes, you are right in posting your travel thoughts & feelings. We all have our individual likes, dislikes & ways of doing things.

  7. J.L. Federle says:

    Dear Aunt Marty,I love your pictures. i remember visiting crater lake back in 2000. it was july 4th weekend, and there was a considerable amount of snow still on the ground then too. we should compare pictures of the snow cover some time.i don't know your time schedule, but humbolt county in northern california is worth slowing down in. i love all the big trees. they just call to me.love,jennifer

  8. Hey Gypsy – some really beautiful pictures today. Our first gas fill up in OR last year, Jim hops out, fills the tank and all the while this girl is standing there talking to him and we couldn't figure out why. She didn't stop him but at the next station, the guy beat Jim to the pump and explained to him OR's no self pump law. When we went to Crater Lake in May last year, there was so much snow everything was still closed except one road. Sure do want to go back again.

  9. Crater Lake is still on my wish to see list. And no, I wasn't kidding. 🙂

  10. Beautiful pictures. We were to OR many years ago, but look forward to a return trip in the next year or so. Enjoy your travels and have a safe journey.

  11. Dizzy-Dick says:

    A fantastic post. It sounds like you have enjoyed your trip except fot the road constuction.

  12. Gypsy, while we cannot agree with your way of traveling, sometimes it is the only way, and if it's your preference, then go for it! We were surprised in Oregon also, when we first began half-timing in that state, to have a kid tell us we couldn't pump our own gas. Kind of a useless feeling just sitting there! We are very fond of Eastern Oregon and the high desert, and we hope to return there in a couple of years for extended visits!

  13. Mike says:

    Anonymous is mistaken. The trees are called Poplar trees, not Popular trees.

  14. Susan says:

    Glad you are enjoying your trip. Great pictures. See ya soon.

  15. Jill Silva says:

    Oh Marty, I am so happy for you. You've such spirit and adventure in you. Your joy makes mine every time I read your blog. Keep going girl and all the BEST to you. Love, Jill (in Cong, Ireland).

  16. Luci & Loree says:

    Oregon has Never been self serve gas (anyway in my lifetime and i am old) and i didn't see anywhere in my travels where gas was any less than here becuz of it. whoever u talked to must not have been an Oregonian. They keep trying to get us to vote for self serve promising that we would get to pay less for gas. Like that would ever happen! Can't see the benefits of having to do it myself. 🙂 In the rain and snow.

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