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Memorial Day marks the unofficial start of summer and the winding down of the school year. As this season begins many people have plans for vacation. Your Resident Photographer recently returned from her own vacation and encourages others to seek out locations that are far enough away to feel like you’ve actually gone somewhere, but not so far that you spend most of your time driving to your destination.
This year we decided to make a loop with the farthest point being Crater Lake National Park in Oregon. We had a lovely stopover in Sacramento and stayed in a motel which backed up on the American River Trail. This part of the trail runs along the Sacramento River before taking a turn at the fork of the American River. After dinner, we took a stroll down to the river and noticed quite a few fishermen in little boats. It was very serene for being smack in the middle of the capital of California.
We proceeded to Klamath Falls, Oregon, where we stayed a couple of nights and went to visit Crater Lake National Park. Personally, I believe this park should be on everyone’s bucket list. Access to beautiful views of the lake are easily reached from the parking lot and there are two roads that circumnavigate the lake itself. Unfortunately, the East Rim Road was still closed because of snow. Often the rim roads are closed until June, so we were lucky that the West Rim was open.
After visiting Crater Lake we headed back into California and spent one night in South Lake Tahoe. This town has a split personality because the border between California and Nevada runs through it. The Nevada side has large casinos and the California side has numerous resorts and quaint lodges to stay in. Lake Tahoe itself, though, has some beautiful views and is definitely worth a visit.
Our next stop was Mammoth Lakes, one of my favorite spots. We decided to take it easy and just do a tour of the actual lakes themselves. Anybody interested in visiting the lakes will find them quite accessible. They were a bit on the low side because of the drought but were still quite beautiful.
On our way back home, we stopped in Red Rock Canyon State Park. This is one of those unusual spots which has formations right off the highway. I would highly recommend this park for an extended day trip. You can make it as easy or as difficult as you like, depending on the kind of experience you are looking for.
Whether you decide to travel across the country or just across county lines, E.P. Foster Library has travel books to help you plan your trip. There are also eBooks and eAudiobooks available as part of our online research tools. Bon Voyage!
On Wednesday, June 3, E.P. Foster Library will host a presentation by David L. Magney of the California Native Plant Society.
This educational talk will focus on the plants of the Bitter Creek National Wildlife Refuge. Come learn more about some of California's unique flora! There will also be time for some plant identification, so bring your unidentified plants.
This free event starts at 7 p.m. in the Topping Room. We hope to see you there!