A Crater Lake adventure!
Sarah had planned a glorious adventure: We would drive down to Smith Rock to climb for a day, then spend a day at Diamond Lake exploring, and then hit the jewel of the trip – a sunrise exploration of the Crater Lake rim. From the rim, we’d stay nearby, explore Crater Lake, relax, take a boat ride, and have a great time. We’d packed the car, made trip itineraries, and Ollie was safely at camp for the week. All we needed to do was drive…
But then weather interfered. Specifically, fire interfered and encroaching wildfires causes us to cancel our plans and head back to the safety of Portland. That wouldn’t keep us from our adventures though!
Our original plan for today was to drive around Crater Lake, do some swimming, and then make Enchiladas for dinner over the campfire.
We couldn’t quite do that. By this point, Crater Lake itself was under an imprenetrable shroud of smoke from the nearby fires, so even if we had been there it wouldn’t have been a pleasant swim. Most of the road was closed anyways, so we couldn’t have gotten down there if we’d wanted to.
So instead, we trekked up Mt. Tabor here in Portland, made dinner, and watched the sunset.
The original plan, as I mentioned, was to eat Enchiladas tonight. Since we’d already been packed up for the trip itself, it wasn’t anything special to adjust plans and instead carry all of our cooking gear up to the top of Mt. Tabor. We did forget the fuel canister though… so while Sarah was setting up, I trekked back down to where we’d parked the car to grab the fuel.
By the time I got back to the summit, Sunset was nearly on us. More spectacular though, was the array Sarah had created for us; She’s set out a picnic blanket, electric tea lights, a vase of flowers, and a whole cookset! I mean, everything. The skillet was set up, the enchiladas prepped, and all we needed to do was relax, have a drink, and wait for dinner to heat up.
It was gloriously amazing, and definitely not an evening I’ll forget anytime soon.