Crystal Crane Hot Springs

Crystal Crane Hot Springs (pics) was our stopover while traveling from Bend, OR, to Boise, ID.  It’s located about 20 miles east of Burns, OR, with pretty much nothing else around.  Oh, sure, there are some farms around, you can actually see a few scattered lights in the distance once it gets dark.

Crystal Crane Hot Springs

The hot springs here are natural mineral springs that are pumped up from as much as 350 feet down.  They have a large pond for soaking as well as private hot tub rooms.  They have small cabins, RV spaces, a tent camping area and even a teepee.  There was a large common area with books, games and a TV.  They even have a “camp kitchen” which is available for guest use.  Suffice to say it was a quiet and peaceful stopover in eastern Oregon.

Next up is Boise, ID.

Crater Lake

Almost 8,000 years ago, the peaks of Mount Mazama (pics) towered some 12,000 feet above sea level.  But eventually, the huge chamber of magma beneath the base of the mountain would no longer be contained.  It began to erupt and eventually a series of eruptions formed a ring around the mountain and caused the mountain top to collapse forming a huge caldera.

Crater Lake - Phantom Ship viewpoint

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Portland Saturday Market

The Portland Saturday Market is the longest continuously operated outdoor market in the United States, now in its 41st year.  The market is available every Saturday and Sunday from March until Christmas, in the Tom McCall Waterfront Park alongside the Willamette River in the Old Town section of Portland.

The Saturday market is an arts, crafts and food market with over 250 exhibitors.  Among the ready to eat food booths all of the major food groups are represented:  Greek, Thai, BBQ, burgers and fried dough.

Columbia River Gorge

From Wikipedia:

The Columbia River Gorge is a canyon of the Columbia River in the Pacific Northwest of the United States. Up to 4,000 feet (1,200 m) deep, the canyon stretches for over 80 miles (130 km) as the river winds westward through the Cascade Range forming the boundary between the State of Washington to the north and Oregon to the south. Extending roughly from the confluence of the Columbia with the Deschutes River down to eastern reaches of the Portland metropolitan area, the gorge furnishes the only navigable route through the Cascades and the only water connection between the Columbia River Plateau and the Pacific Ocean.

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