Where there is smoke…

There is very poor visibility. Even from the top of Crat Lake, the haze was beginning.

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Driving north on 97 today reminded me of hiking during our foggy winter days. Reaching the top of a mountain and explaining to your companions what they would be seeing if there was any visibility at all.

Forest fires were raging just to the north and the farther north I drove, the denser the smoke. At the top of one rise was a pull-out with a map identifying all the immediate mountain peaks including Mount Hood. My fertile imagination filled in the very big blank.

Happily, the smoke didn’t really diminish the pleasure I took in the day. Abby and I were off early and got to Crater Lake well before the ticket booth opened – and I did not have the right amount of money. I waited until a lodge employee drove up – he had no change either but he advised me that at this time of the morning, if the toll both was not staffed, I didn’t have to pay. Hmmmmm

Off I drove to the crater. OMG!!!

Magnificent – with the sun just having risen over this impossibly glorious sight. And not one other tourist to be seen. I had the rare delightmofmhaving Crater Lake all to myself – just one more reason to get up early!

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When I was done ogling and photographing, Imheaded north to the Columbia River Gorge. As I exited I noticed that the toll booth was staffed so I did a U, headed back and paid. I felt so good about myself. I have noticed that every time I do the “right” thing, especially when I don’t have to or when no one is there to witness, my self esteem goes up.

Back on the road. And a Lon road it was today, often very lonely, always changing. Tonight we are in Olympia. An early start tomorrow should get us home in the afternoon. I think both Abby and I are ready to sleep in our own beds. I love travelling. The wonders of this world are staggering. And I have had so many encounters with people – from park wardens to gas station attendants and other travelers, all of them exceptionally pleasant. And this is what I love about travel – the kinship I discover with the rest of the human race.

About goodyniosi

Writer, avid(!!!) hiker - living life to the fullest. Love, life, bliss - getting high on getting high (in the alpine that is)
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