The Girl and The Guy took Little Turtle to Opal Creek! It was really fun, even if they were a little nervous about being able to find the place (since The Girl had only been there once or twice before and she has a terrible sense of direction). The cabins were great; it was even fun losing power because of low water flow a couple of times, and The Girl got to show off her amazing wood stove skills. Highly recommended if you have a pan with a nice thick bottom you can bring – the stove was gas-powered and everything they tried to cook on it burnt horribly.

This isn’t Otter Rock, but it’s the view from the Inn at Otter Crest, where The Guy and The Girl spent a grateful night with hot showers and soft beds after camping all week. (Crater Lake’s Mazama Campground had a shower, but it was rarely hot, especially after a family of ten had just used it.) They stayed up too late watching some British show on OPB, which was ironic, since The Guy can watch British shows at home all the time.

After Crater Lake, The Guy, The Girl, and Little Turtle spent five hours heading west to hit the beach. The Oregon Dunes looked neat, but in the end, they decided they’d only gone to the Dunes because they said they would. After hiking to and from the actual beach, which is further than it looks because the path was so twisty, they didn’t spend much time on the sand before returning to Scenic Highway 101 and heading north.