Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Outdoor Adventures

No junking adventures for me this past weekend.  I actually put the yard sales on hold (yes it was difficult), and had two fun filled days in the great outdoors.  I was a Rogue River virgin until Sunday when we took a four hour Hellgate speed boat excursion.  The 36 mile round trip began in Grants Pass, Oregon and continued through the beautiful and rugged Hellgate Canyon.

Not much in the way of white water rapids through this section of the canyon, but the scenery was gorgeous.

Rugged and hot....very hot!

The excursion included a champagne brunch in their open air restaurant.

Sorry about all the heads; I was afraid I'd be thrown overboard if I dared to stand up.
The first half of the trip was fairly calm, but after the one hour brunch stop our driver treated us to a wild ride all the way back.  It was a good thing I didn't overdo it on the champagne.  I did get a little carried away with the sunblock though....1/2 a bottle of SPF 80 left me the only one without a sunburn!  We were all soaking wet by the end of the trip, so my camera stayed safely inside my backpack.

Saturday was spent at Crater Lake National Park
It was a beautiful crystal clear day and a perfect 75 degrees; a huge relief  from 100 degrees in the valley below.  The last time I was here was in 1984 with Mr. MST and my sister.....way back in our tent camping days.  It was even more beautiful than I remembered because last time we were rained out after the first day.

We had no idea there would be this much snow on the ground in July.   Some areas along the side of the road still had at least eight feet of snow piled up.  

This was the view from the trail where we all had our picnic lunch.

My little July snow baby.
He's a little sad looking, but I had to work fast in sandals.

Can you see the visitor's center built in the side of the cliff?

Oh yes!  Putting the junking on hold for just one weekend was a good decision.  

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25 comments:

  1. Oh, YEAH, I agree, you can go junking anytime! WOW, Betsy, what absolutely beautiful photos!!!!

    Thank you for taking us along! Absolutely breathtaking!!!

    xoxo

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  2. Just beautiful!! What an amazing weekend trip!!

    Cindy

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  3. FAbulous pics! It sounds so daring: "the Hellgate speedboat." This is now on my list for my next trip to OR.

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  4. A beautiful place..........what fun this must have been!

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  5. Thats so pretty, and i am a bit jealous of you because we have had 100 degree days over here in TX !

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  6. I LOVE the Rogue River area - you are one lucky gal. Thrifting can always wait ~

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  7. Completely gorgeous!! I agree, it was worth a weekend away from thrifting!! :) The picture of the visitors center is a work of art...and it makes my stomach flip!! haha!!!! These pictures remind me I need to see more of our beautiful country!!! :)

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  8. Gorgeous place there at the river and Crater lake - I've never seen that! Now it'll have to be on my bucket list! Clear mountain air, too - good photos!

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  9. Betsy,
    Beautiful scenery.What a fun trip.So much cooler there than it is here too!
    (((Hugs)))
    Anne

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  10. WOW. Breathtakingly gorgeous. I'm so glad you had such a wonderful trip!

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  11. What beautiful photos. Lovely country. Glad you enjoyed your time away from "junking".

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  12. Wow ! Beautiful pics! What a beautiful place to visit. Think I would have wanted the champagne after the ride - not before. :-D You may have used a lot of sunblock, but you are the smart one - my dermatologist makes nice money off of my visits. :(
    Yes - that excursion was worth giving up a bit of junking. :D What a beautiful place to visit.

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  13. Beautiful pictures, Betsy! Looks like you had a fun adventure!

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  14. Oh, your photos are stunning. What a beautiful break. Sometimes we just have to get away.

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  15. OK, I admit, that beats junking any day!! Gorgeous views and snow...OMG how wierd!

    Carol

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  16. It is SO beautiful there, Betsy! What a wonderful getaway spot!

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  17. Oh, a VERY good idea. What a wonderful adventure and chance to relax. Simply gorgeous!

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  18. Um...just speechless! Your pictures are wonderful!! That sky, talk about blue! I had no idea about this place even though I'd heard of it.
    Well thanks a lot, NOW I HAVE to go!!! Ha!
    So, you "used" to tent camp? That's what we like. Are there still areas that accommodate that? I can bring my own champagne!
    xo
    kat

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  19. That is an amazing part of the country and so different seen from this vantage point! I vacationed in that area...years ago and saw so many beautiful sights! I had never seen shamrocks growing in the forest before! Enjoy!

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  20. BEAUTIFUL! Definitely want to go on that side of the country soon!

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  21. Yes, the junk will wait a few days when you have such beautiful scenery to enjoy! Gorgeous views... I know you had a great time!!!

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  22. wow snow in July? awesome place!

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  23. Wow!!! I missed an awesome spot by not going inland. Stunning. Stunning

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  24. Wow- as Oregonians, we especially loved your posting about this incredible
    outdoor adventure. The photos of Crater Lake are gorgeous--now we can't wait to get there again! Thanks for a great posting!

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  25. fantastic views! Thank you for taking us along! Patsy from
    HeARTworks

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