They said 18″ of snow!
The National Weather Service put out all kinds of warnings calling for eighteen inches of snow to hit Crater Lake. So, I stopped short of there and found a small state-owned rest area about 12 miles away.
It had a lighted outhouse but, that was about it. The parking lot was just beside the Rogue River which offered a nice collection of ducks and geese first thing in the morning—and even a stopover from a large bald eagle!
I was there for two days while it rained.
Oh, it rained constantly but, there wasn’t any snow!
Sensing the last chance to buy myself a Christmas gift, I headed back to Eagle Point (the eagle I saw must have been an omen!).
I gave in!
Somewhat jealous of others who have heat in their campers, I decided the best gift I could give myself was a propane heater—and that’s what I got!
The Mister Buddy Portable Heater works like a furnace—with the push of a button. Boy, I now have instant, on-demand heating—and I like it!
Nevertheless, I’m thankful for the warmth and how quickly I can warm up the minivan in just a few minutes.
I did stay in the parking lot of that Walmart, even though it was a little odd because the Walmart had closed.
I was solo with the exception of six other campers, including a fellow who has been stuck here for over a week with a dead battery (it won’t even charge) and a broken alternator (no doubt the reason for the dead battery)!
Where to now?
Well, so far, I’ve been lucky to avoid any major snowfall! I should probably continue my lucky streak and scope out the weather heading north towards Portland. If I see what I like, I’ll be going that way starting tomorrow morning.
I do have heat and I do have tire chains but, several inches of snow on the roads is not something I am quite ready for.
For now, though, I’m just going to soak up some heated minivan action! It may be 23° outside but, inside the minivan, it’s 75° – and I’m relaxing in a T-Shirt!
Merry Christmas to all and to all a warm night!
Happy trails my friend!