Got out of the doldrums yesterday and made reservations for the "key" week of our summer Oregon trip. I knew we wanted to go to Crater Lake and I've been looking at several RV parks in the area. I had hoped to be able to get a spot in the park, but it seems there are none (or at least very few) with hook ups. We could do without water and sewer, but without solar, we consider an electric hook up essential. After we have some experience, this may not be true, but as newbies we want power and WiFi!
From what I have read, Crater Lake can still be closed in late June if the weather is bad. So we have booked a spot for the first week of July. Of course it will include the fourth. Since I want to take at least a week to get there, stopping at Lassen National Park along the way, we would end up spending the fourth at some RV park anyway. So it might as well be there!
Now that I've got that week reserved, I can plan the route up and back. I hope to leave the return plans very, very open with several options. We went to Washington and back in two weeks a few years ago in a rented RV. I feel we went too far in to short a time. I want to explore and relax more this time.
Sue and Mo of "The Moho and Other Traveling Tales" have invited us to meet up with them for some Kayaking while we are in the Klamath area. I very excited about that! Craig tried to get me to try kayaking several times, but I was reluctant. Now that I have seen so many others that really enjoy it, I'm eager to give it a try. (Although I can swim, I have always had a bit of fear of lake water. I'm OK in swimming pools, but don't like water weeds or murky water. It's not a big deal, I'm less uneasy than I was years ago.)
One big "bummer" is we don't have a towed. I am planning on one of us driving the Prius and one the Alfa. That's another good reason to take our time coming home. We can travel a shorter distance, park and explore together in the Prius. Or travel a bit farther, stay at a park for a few days and drive the area. We have no experience doing things that way, but we will learn as we go.
Someday we will trade the Prius in on a car that can be towed. At first we thought we might dolly it like fellow bloggers The Good Luck Duck gals, but have concluded that was not the best way to go. We like the economy and the drive of the Prius. As long as we are house-bound, we will probably keep it. My ride is a 1995 Safari Van. We will continue to need it for hauling things as long as we are here.
For now It feels good to have a trip to plan. After I post this I'm going to do some more research on RV parks we might stay at before or after Crater Lake.
We were going to go somewhere with the Alfa this week, but the trip got put on hold. We are having some work done on the house by someone else, and we want to be here. This is the week they were available, so we will stay home!
I don't mind the delay if it means progress on the house. Maybe we will get away at the end of next week or the week after. Sometime soon I hope! The Alfa needs to get out!
Craig keeps working on things. He wants to do so much, and I just don't see when it will all get done.
We have different ideas about how much to do, and how to do it.
I'm pretty sure we will see another winter here, but hopefully we will take a couple of trips during the year. I'm really hoping the real estate market will be better in spring or summer of 2013. This is such an odd house, it will take a very special buyer.