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Driving through spooky trees.

We again headed north along the coastline. Eventually we got to the Avenue of the Giants (mackin gert big trees), it was really weird driving along here as the trees really did blot out all of the sunlight. We stopped for a picnic here. We eventually came back out on the coast again, and found yet another fantastic empty beach. The Pacific Ocean appeared to be very angry as the waves here were the largest we had seen, it was amazing, the spray from the waves swept up the whole beach. Caz was very nearly hit by a wave, but didn't quite get wet. I decided not to chance it and kept away from the waves ( i was running out of dry trousers).

We got to the campsite that really was in the middle of nowhere, there were signs everywhere warning of what to do if you come across an Elk or a bear, these said you should not run, but Si pionted out it was okay for us to run as him and Caz would leave me behind for the bears.

Elk.
It was very odd having to make sure we locked away all our foodstuffs and toileteries (although obviously the latter didn't affect Si as he has none of these items) in the big metal safes or in the car, NOT in the tent. I got up during the night for the toilet, and felt quite anxious in case a bear should appear, i thought i saw one but apparently it was a black labrodor dog !!

We were up early the next day and packed by 9am, as we had a long 310mile journey and wanted to visit the crater lake. We were a little disapionted at not seeing any Elk, then just as we were laeving the Park we saw 2. One was very large and came quite close, jumped over the small fence and wandered across the road, much to an Amercan womans suprise (obviously didn't realise Elks could jump, DUH!) , who shouted 'Oh shit' and ran away !! It was quite an amazing sight seeing the size of the Elk.

Crater lake. So stunning.

After a long drive we got to Crater Lake and decided we had time to stop and see it. I am so glad we did. It really was a very unique place. The lake was 6 miles across, and 5 wide. It was formed from a volcanoe that collapsed back in on itself 5,000 yrs ago. I have never seen water looking so blue. It was so peaceful and serene, I felt quite moved by its breathtaking beauty. Most of the photos don't look real, it really is so stunning.

We left here and still had 130 miles to go to Bent. And we came across the best and straightest road I have ever seen, ten miles long, straight, and you can see from one end to the next, and it was very empty. We must have done about 90 miles an hour the whole way along it.

The water was so blue, exactly as the sky.
Cool.

We got into Bend, a small City, and booked into a fantastic motel, all mod cons, lovely view and quite cheap. Tomorrow is a day of rest, kick back, bit of laundry, tidy the car, write emails and blogs and postcards, and a chance to realx before 2 days of constant driving to get to Yellowstone. (although we have one day less than we thought as Si and myself were convinced today was wednesday, but Caz proved it was Thursday, guess thats what happens when your travelling) Therefore tomorrow we have to be up at 9am to hopefully watch the england game via internet streaming with Si's computer, hopefully !!!

P.S. Would be nice to recieve some comments or communication from my friends reading my blog. X

kazlord says:
Hi Simon glad you made it! Photos are amazing, really enjoying sharing in the adventures you guys are having. Much better blogs than "My day in Ross-on-Wye" the most mind-numbing thing I've ever read. You must look it up sometime!
Take care
Posted on: Sep 08, 2007
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Driving through spooky trees.
Driving through spooky trees.
Elk.
Elk.
Crater lake. So stunning.
Crater lake. So stunning.
The water was so blue, exactly as …
The water was so blue, exactly as…
NOT, the teddy bears picnic !!
NOT, the teddy bears picnic !!
Will we be swept away ?
Will we be swept away ?
Si being very manly, well for a ma…
Si being very manly, well for a m…
The little island.
The little island.
The view across crater lake nation…
The view across crater lake natio…
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