Three Ways To Lose…Yourself, Your Pants, And Your Woman!
We’ve been having quite the exciting and social week here at Diamond Lake. A couple of days ago our buddies Lu & Terry from Paint Your Landscape arrived, squeezed in their huge rig (we now have 3 “beastly” rigs all cozily camped at this “officially” 35-foot max park), and joined us in exploring this lovely area. Besides hanging and biking from the campground, and exploring Crater Lake there are actually tons of other activities to do around here and you can “lose” yourself (both figuratively, apparel-wise and physically) in quite a few ways. Here’s just a spattering of adventures we’ve had these past few days:
1/ Waterfalls, Waterfalls (Lose Yourself In The Wonder)
It turns our our current spot is a waterfall wonderland and you can see 4 of Oregon’s best waterfalls within ~20 miles of Diamond Lake on the very scenic Hwy 138. Toketee Falls, apparently the most famous of the lot, is gorgeously framed by long basalt columns and is just a short hike from the parking lot on Forest Service Road 34. Should the viewing spark the mood for more you can then go and explore Watson Falls, Whitehorse Falls and Clearwater Falls on your way home and lose yourself in the wonder of it all at every stop.
2/ Hot Pools (Lose Your Pants)
If you’re the type who likes a natural breeze in the nether-regions, open view (in every sense) and hot pools, then head on over to Umpqua River Hot Springs, just a few miles past Toketee Falls from #1. These natural hot springs overlook the river and are very popular with the local crowd. If you’re hiking the Umpqua River Trail (see #3) you’ll actually hit them just about 3.5 miles east of Toketee lake. They are also, in case you didn’t get the hint, clothing optional…or rather clothing-very-unlikely since most of the hot-tubbers definitely prefer dipping au naturel. Sorry, no photos folks, so you’ll just have to leave it to your imagination….
3/ Hiking (Don’t Lose Your Woman!)
Just in case the 90 miles of hiking in Crater Lake aren’t enough for you, you can indulge yourself in an additional 100+ miles or so right around Diamond Lake.
For a river-walk pick up any side of the lovely Umpqua River Trail which stretches almost 80 miles along…you guessed it….the Umpqua River. Everything you’d want in a pretty river trail complete with bridges, fern-lined paths, hot pools (see #2) and scenic picnic spots.
For the more adventurous lot, attack the 10.6 mile round-trip to ~8,400 foot Mount Bailey directly from Diamond Lake. It’s a spectacular hike with 360-degree views and a heart-racing open ridge-crossing sided by 1,500 foot drops right before the last summit stretch (I made it right up to that point). As a public service to all menkind however, I recommend keeping track of your woman. Alex and Paul he-manned up the mountain, managing to totally lose Ellen and I on the way down, and even going so far as to drive off and leave us wondering in the woods. As you can imagine the girls were not amused, and yours truly rattled off a string of $$##!! curses worthy of a drunken sailor on their eventual return. Thankfully I’m a hard lass to get rid of, but I still don’t recommend the attempt. Lads…you have been forewarned….
And Finally….Lounging (Bring A Glass)
What better way to end the day than a glass and good company around your campsite? Despite the sites here being a bit of squeeze for our size the campground boasts some enormous sitting areas, easily able to entertain a rabble of at least 50 RVers. During the day we spread out with the animals, hang a little yoga, lounge with a book, and in the evening our little group of 6 has been enjoying some relaxing get-togethers. We may have lost several things this week, but we always find each other at the end of the day
P.S. All the above activities and hikes are paw-friendly, with the bonus that doggie fits right in (as-is) for dipping in-the-free
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