We left Medford on Saturday the 23rd to head up to Becky’s grandmother’s house at Black Butte Ranch in central Oregon. Becky’s mom and sister came with us part-way to visit the Rogue River gorge and to get some pie at a favorite nearby cafe.
We also stopped along the way at Crater Lake National Park. Despite the sunny August weather, there were still patches of snow near the lake.
At Black Butte we relaxed, went on a bike ride, and enjoyed spending time with Nannie at her beautiful home in the mountains. The time there is never long enough.
We then made our way to Portland, where we spent a few days bouncing between our various loved ones who live there while trying to pull together the last-minute loose ends before leaving the country. (We wish we’d had more time!) We had fun seeing Jonathan’s brother Eric, going out with Jonathan’s sister Ann, and wandering north Portland with Rose.
On Eric’s recommendation we camped for one night at Bagby Hot Springs near Mt. Hood. It was a phenomenal experience to bathe in steaming hot water, in a hollowed-out log, with a canopy of old-growth trees for a roof. The hike into the springs along the Clackamas River was pretty breathtaking as well; we felt like ants walking among trees so tall.
We flew out of the Portland airport on Friday night, concluding our three weeks of travel in the States and beginning our travels halfway around the world.