From learning about its violent volcanic history to marveling at the serene clarity of its water (one can usually see a coin to a depth of 120 feet) to spying an island resembling a ghostly galleon, Crater Lake is awe-inspiring.

Man’s contribution to this exquisite national park is the 71-room Crater Lake Lodge, originally opened in 1915 and located on the edge of the caldera overlooking Crater Lake.  Unfortunately they are not pet-friendly, but we kept Carson cool outside while we enjoyed lunch in the restaurant. Everything is on a grand scale at the hotel. Check out this fireplace.

We were sorry to leave the natural beauty of Crater Lake, but discovering a former gold rush town helped us recover. Located about five miles west of Medford, Jacksonville, Oregon‘s streets are lined with inviting storefronts and restaurants. The first town in America (here we go again) to be named a National Historic Landmark, a promotional flyer describes it as “Mayberry Meets Napa”. We agree. On our next visit we’ll likely stay or at least dine at Jacksonville Inn, but this night we opted for Déjà Vu Bistro and Wine Bar. The antipasto plate was excellent, and since the town is gateway to the Applegate Valley Wine Trail’s 18 vineyards, we found some fine libations as well. Cheers!


About Tricia Pimental

Born in Brooklyn, New York, Tricia Pimental's second memoir, A Movable Marriage, has received 5 Star reviews from both Epic Book Quest and Readers' Favorite. It's available on Amazon in both Kindle (amzn.to/1RtRBwp) and print (amzn.to/1OiGlUU) versions. She is also the author of two Royal Palm Literary Award Competition-honored books: Rabbit Trail: How a Former Playboy Bunny Found Her Way, and Slippery Slopes. Other work has appeared in International Living Magazine; A Janela, the quarterly magazine of International Women in Portugal; and anthologies compiled by the Florida Writers Association and the National League of American Pen Women. A member of the Screen Actors Guild-American Federation of Television and Radio Artists and a former Toastmaster, Ms. Pimental resides in Portugal. She can be reached at www.triciapimental.com and on Twitter @Tricialafille.
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6 Responses to Oh…Oregon!

  1. Ks Shopping says:

    Excellent OOXXOO

    Sent from my iPad

  2. Ninette Bravo says:

    Kurt & I spent Thanksgiving along the Oregon coast one year. Love the picture of Crater Lake. Enjoy keeping up with you, Keith & Carson on your travels 🙂

  3. S says:

    Always love traveling vicariously with you!

  4. Pat says:

    My mother in law was born and raised in Medford, Oregon. Her mother is buried there. My husband went on a search for her grave once, when we were up there.

  5. Pingback: O is for Oh…Oregon! | My A to Z Blogging Challenge

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