Overview of Clear Lake. Its really calm, a great place for a leisure paddle.
Views of the Middle Sisters are spectacular!
is not your average Observatory:
The Observatory is located very near the crest of the McKenzie Pass and is made totally out of lava.
The Pacific Crest Trail crosses the road near by and just before reaching the observatory we stopped to talk to a family of thru hikers. It turned out they had just hiked through the Sisters over the last few days during all the rain (snow for them) and they were going to head into the town of Sisters for supplies. We shuffled stuff in the car and squeezed Vicky, Kevin, 13 year old son Jay, and 10 year old dog Utah in the back seat with their packs. Very cozy. I was really excited to talk with these folks because they had hiked a portion of the PCT in California that I am planning to do sometime this summer.
We drove to Sisters and stopped at, where else, the Three Creeks Brewery for a brew and dinner, then we dropped the family off at a motel where they were planning to shower and regroup and sleep in a bed. They had started out in Medford, Oregon about three weeks ago, and were planning to be in Canada by mid-August...pending snow conditions.
I'm not sure what is coming up next. Fourth of July is next week and we have no plans. ...yet, but I'm planning to return to Portola soon for a few weeks of backpacking and hiking and hopefully no rain.