9/12/15 (Saturday) in LaPine, OR (Cascade Meadows RV Resort-ROD)
Rough night for both of us, so we slept in this morning. Thus we had a late start (10) to our road trip. To start we got gas at “Gordy’s Truck Stop” in LaPine (great prices), then drove awhile on US 97. Hmm. Did we miss our turn? Long story short we had and eventually found the turn from US 97 onto Hwy 43 – near to Gordy’s as it turned out. It’s Burgess Road, no sign that that road is also Hwy 43! We took that to Hwy 46 which is the actual Cascade Lakes Highway here. The scenic element was mostly Pine trees. We stopped at a little Point of Interest, learning about multi age, same age and turn of the century forest. The USFS managed these forests, giving controlled burns, so the young trees would be able to grow in the multi age forests, then be cut down. The old growth trees (over 100 years old) had 4” thick bark, thus could withstand the ravages of fires.
We went on to North Twin Lake. It and the South Twin Lake are both volcanic crater lakes, glassy smooth and clear. Beautiful. We met a sweet retired couple exploring like us, who’d decided to just sit at this lake, enjoying it’s quiet peacefulness. We had a great time sharing experiences.
The South Twin Lake was more commercial.
On to Crane Prairie Reservoir. First we turned off to the Dam. It’s a surprisingly small earthen dam, for creating a 4,000 acre lake.
We kept going down this rough dirt road, thinking it would also lead to Osprey Point. After several miles we decided to turn back to Hwy 46/Cascade Lakes Highway. I’m sure glad because we did then eventually come to a sign for Osprey Interpretive Trail. Their signs could be a bit clearer… Lovely little ½ mile hike to the water and where they signs say that Osprey, Wood Ducks and Canadian Geese nest. We didn’t see any of their nests and none wanted to fly in the middle of a very hot day, it seemed.
Shortly down the road was Quinn River campground, so we stopped there for our picnic lunch, then decided to go home. We relaxed there with TV, although I fell asleep (ah, sweet naps).