On the way to Crater Lake we saw this lovely river.
A light snowfall greeted us upon our arrival at Crater Lake National Park. When we got to our room at the lodge and looked out the window we saw a beautiful rainbow, but in this case I guess it should be called a snowbow.
Outside the lodge
Inside the lodge
Here are a few pictures from our first hike at Crater Lake on the Castle Crest Wildflower Trail.
We also stopped at several overlooks. The first few pictures show Phantom Ship.
Crater Lake at Twilight
Part of a Ranger led Discussion about Crater Lake during the Twilight hour
Not only is this beach hidden from sight until you are standing on it, but the trail to get to it is also very obscure. We were extremely lucky to find it.
After hiking to the end of the trail we found that we had Hidden Beach all to ourselves. What a gem! This was one of our favorite excursions of the trip.
My seaweed photo collection
Next we drove through Jedidiah Smith State Park on a one lane road so narrow that it sometimes felt like the side mirrors of the car were going to scrape the bark off the trees. In places the road had a dark, mysterious feel to it which added to the ambiance.
My sweet husband with a beautiful quote by Shakespeare.
While at J.S. Park we hiked a little trail down to the Smith River where we got a great view of the Redwood trees.
Later that same day we hiked a charming trail in Redwood National Park called the Brown Creek Trail.
Clover-like sorrel and mosses carpet the forest floor...
Along with ferns and skunk cabbages
Our last stop of the day was to visit some tide pools at low tide.
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"Welcome home to the Happy Haus" is the greeting I used to receive from Gary when we arrived home from work each day. Gary and I brought our daughter Natalie home from China in November 2011 to live with us in our cozy cottage. In October of 2013, we unexpectedly lost Gary, our dear husband, father and friend.
Our family includes our two sweet Newfoundland dogs, Katie and Louie. Newfoundlands are working dogs, so we make sure our two always have a job to do. Katie and Louie are both certified therapy dogs and bring lots of joy to people who are in need of some Newfie love. They have also competed in Rally Obedience. Katie has earned a Rally Advanced title and Louie has earned a Rally Excellent title. In keeping with Newf tradition, Katie has become a proficient draft dog while Louie prefers practicing water rescue whenever he gets an opportunity. They are also both protectors of their little sister, Natalie.