We have been waiting all winter long for summer, nice warm weather, the snow to be melted, and a chance to go camping. Since Bri had a four day weekend, we knew this was the perfect opportunity. All week the weather got warmer and warmer. By Thursday the outlook said it would be sunny and 88 degrees. So, we headed out.
We knew the mountains closest to us would still have snow and temperatures that drop into the thirties at night. With Asher, we knew we wanted to find a place that would stay relatively warm at night. So, after a little bit of searching, we found a campsite that looked nice in Ukiah, Oregon. This little town is about 2 hours Northwest from us. There are two ways to get there, taking the main freeway and then cutting across (not a very pretty drive), or to take the backroads through the Blue Mountains (a very pretty drive). We weren’t sure about the snow and if the backroads would be cleared yet, since we know the road up and around Anthony Lakes is not yet open for the season. We decided on the safer route.
Earlier Friday morning we noticed that the weather forecast had changed to 30% chance of rain. Now, the weather forecasters never seem to care about even trying to be accurate when predicting the weather in Eastern Oregon. So, we never can rely on the weather forecasts. It didn’t seem like it would rain when we packed up, so we continued without a care in the world. Well, the moment we pulled out of the garage, the drops began to fall.
It poured until we got there. Then it stopped as we pulled into our campsite. We quickly put up the tent, set up our bed, and got Asher inside before it once again began to rain. It rained without a break until about 7:30. We spent a few hours playing Phase 10, reading, and keeping Asher occupied with toys and selfies. We sure were glad Ash is only 6 months old, having a toddler would be a completely different experience. We probably would have packed up and gone home.
Luckily, the rain really died down after 7:30. We were getting worried we wouldn’t be able to eat dinner. We were able to get out and make dinner, and Zach even got a chance to do a little fishing before the day ended. We finished the evening with a movie on the laptop (which was smart to bring, since it was too wet to make a fire).
This morning we got up, Zach started a fire, while I made us breakfast. Ash and I even got to watch Zach do some more fishing (even if the fish weren’t biting). There wasn’t any hiking around our campsite, so we decided to head home via the backroads after asking a forest ranger if the roads were clear.
Only in Oregon, would there be highways that are not paved. So, for about 40 miles we traveled a windy, desolate, one-lane gravel road. At times there were giant potholes and fallen trees in our route. It was a beautiful ride. We passed over a few summits, followed a fast-flowing river, and saw many mines. At the end of the road we reached Olive Lake. This was a surprise to us because we were originally planning on camping here with some friends, but the snow blocked the entrance a week ago. We knew they were going to try to get in anyway, so we decided to stop to see if they did. The snow had diminished a lot in the last week, so we easily made the trek up to the lake. It is a beautiful lake that we can’t wait to camp at this summer.
We ended the trip with a stop in Sumpter. They have a huge flea market here every year. We haven’t been since we came out for our interview two years ago. We met up with some friends, walked around, and got some kettle corn. All in all, it was a successful trip full of fun, friends, family, and funny faces!