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Old 16-06-2015, 05:43 PM   #11
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Was hoping to run into Crater lake national park from the north, but the roads were still closed from the winter so we had to run further south and then double back to the southern entrance but Crater Lake was definitely worth the extra 50km.

Is it ever!!
The size and the setting of that place is just incredible...and that's without actually getting into the surrounding park and peaks, lakes and streams.

And to see it with all the whitecaps around it
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Old 16-06-2015, 05:51 PM   #12
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...... The Tahoe Mountain Passion Pale Ale was the pick of the bunch, a passionfruit infused pale ale. I will be keeping a keen eye out for this one in Melbourne.
Not sure about this one though. How many pints does it take to be convinced?
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Old 16-06-2015, 05:58 PM   #13
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Is it ever!!
The size and the setting of that place is just incredible...and that's without actually getting into the surrounding park and peaks, lakes and streams.

And to see it with all the whitecaps around it
On the flight from LA to Portland two days earlier we flew over it and the pilot had pointed it out. I'm sure Jo has a photo from the air. It looked even more spectacular than from the ground.



Alturas to Tahoe City.

We doubled back this morning about 30 miles to rejoin our intended route. Apparently I killed a squirrel which was running across the road. Through Oregon and California there were always squirrels to be seen darting across the road. At some point when I was programming the days route into the GPS the previous night I thought I had got the route to Tahoe City right, which it was on the computer, but when I transferred the route to the GPS, the GPS decided on what it thought was a more suitable route, and I didn't actually notice that we'd missed the road I was expecting to take for several days. I had intended to head through the Lassen Volcanic National Park, but I followed the GPS instructions on a less exciting route to the same waypoint further on. It didn't click because the signposting was for the Lassen National Forest, which at the time I didn't realise was not the same place, just nearby.

Views of Lassen Peak




Passed through a small town where every shop on the main street was it's own individual cabin



more glorious sun



Continued further south to Tahoe City. A nice spot beside Lake Tahoe.



The motel I had chosen was right next to the Tahoe Mountain Brewery and I gave their menu of craft beers a good workout. Craft beers from microbreweries in the USA just about everywere we went ranged from $4-$6 for a pint. In fact, just about every restaurant we ate at offered a good range of locally brewed beers on tap. Only once on the whole trip was the choice of beer limited to "Miller, Bud or Coors". The Tahoe Mountain Passion Pale Ale was the pick of the bunch, a passionfruit infused pale ale. I will be keeping a keen eye out for this one in Melbourne.



Next to the lake we found a BBQ restaurant where we pigged out on pulled pork, ribs, slow cooked brisket and the usual coleslaw and mac & cheese side dishes.
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Old 16-06-2015, 06:09 PM   #14
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After breakfast in Tahoe city we headed off south again, first skirting the west bank of Lake Tahoe.



Although it was clear, it was crisp and cold. The higher we got, the cooler and windier it got. The Lake level of Lake Tahoe is over 6000ft above sea level. The road took us over Kit Carson pass which is about 8500' ASL. It was blowing a gale up there and the thermometer was just managing to stay over 0°C, but only just.



After a few backroad excursions we hit Hwy 49 southbound at lunchtime. Found a CT110 parked at the Taco shop.



California is in the middle of a drought, and as well as the grass being brown at the start of summer, water in this reservoir was very low.



In an article someone posted online, Casey Stoner had ranked Hwy 49 california as his favourite road to drive in the world. It wasn't too bad, snaking its way through valleys.



In Mariposa there were old gold mining exhibits. This was a stamping machine from the 1850s gold rush.



Can't argue with beer served in frosty goblets at the local restaurant.

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Old 16-06-2015, 06:51 PM   #15
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Crater Lake from the sky


The ride through Crater Lake road was pretty good..


and the view did not disappoint



The next 'super model'


There were still enough snow for snow boarders at Mt Hood.
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