Bike Path at Joseph Stewart State Park (+many insets!)

(+many insets!)

Steve and I weren't looking forward to it but the morning finally came after ten glorious days at LaPine when we packed up and moved on. I soaked up every sight and sound on my walk that morning, oh, how I love that beautiful park!

We couldn't go directly to our final campground and instead drove less than two hours south to the privately owned Crater Lake Resort. What a pleasant surprise! It was very spacious for a owner-run park and the park was filled with trees--not at all like the usual parking lot that we usually see at these places. But it gets even better!

Right on the Rogue River Trail!
There is a connecting trail from the park that leads to the Rogue River Trail, which is a 37.5-mile trek which is very popular with backpackers and hikers alike. Steve and I have been on sections of this trail through the years and it's a total winner, so I was totally delighted to discover that our campground was virtually right on top of it! (By the way, I found a really neat pdf that shows the trail and all the highlights along the way. I also found a page that talks about the trail and has some nice pictures as well.) The afternoon we arrived, Steve and I enjoyed an hour's walk along the river and though we were sad that we were only able to stay here for a single night here, we were really happy we got to walk along the Rogue on a travel day!

Before we left the next morning, I spent a lovely hour speeding at a fast clip along the trail so I could see more than I did the afternoon before. I had time for a few pictures too and have included the ones I processed as insets.

Wonderful Joseph Stewart State Park
The distance from Crater Lake RV Resort and Joseph Stewart is literally twenty minutes so we were parked and set up in no time!

This park holds a warm place in our hearts. Located a mere 45 minutes from our home, it's the second place we went to when we first started our RV adventures back in 2019! We've been all over Oregon since, and to Canada's Vancouver Island too! When we got our current trailer (our second), we took it to Joseph Stewart for a 3-day stay to test out our new rig in a campground setting. In both cases we'd only gotten to stay for two or three days so having five nights/six days was a real treat. All of the campground loops are huge and spacious and there are enormous meadows everywhere, dotted with conifers and maple trees. We love the wonderful bike path which goes around a deep forest loop and--if you've got the energy for the return trip--down a long, lovely path to the boat launch and day-use picnic ground. There is a marvelous trail that overlooks Lost Creek Lake too, and strolling around the campground loops is fun as well. It's just a super place!

The bummer was that on the day we arrived, a heat wave descended on the west coast. The temperature soared to well over 100 degrees and we were stuck inside during the day where we could keep cool. I got my morning bike ride and walk in as early as possible and still, by 8:30am it was already heading to 80 degrees! UGH!

Today's Picture
My main picture today shows the gorgeous, huge meadow next to the bike path with a lovely group of oak and maple trees that tower above.

Today's Insets
I'm sharing a pair from my walk on the Rogue River Trail that include one from the trail and a pair of images of some of the pretty foliage I found.

From Joseph Stewart I'm sharing a very wide pano of the lake and some of the beautiful things I saw on my walks!

I hope everyone is doing ok! It's very smoky here from wildfires in the area and hot too. Ugh! But we're off on our trip very soon now, just buttoning up last things and getting our live-in buddy moved back in again while we're away!

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Ulrich John said:

Looks beautiful, Janet !
3 months ago ( translate )

cammino said:

The main picture shows a meadow, like the ones we have in Europe, which are so valuable for the protection of insects. The old oak trees are very impressive. And the insets show that you also have an eye for the beautiful little things in nature.
3 months ago

Boarischa Krautmo said:

beautiful set of pictures.
3 months ago ( translate )

Peter Castell said:

A lovely area to explore Janet
3 months ago

Pam J said:

A PIECE OF PARADISE !!!!!!!!!!!!

3 months ago

William Sutherland said:

Awesome series! Stay well!

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3 months ago ( translate )

Jenny McIntyre said:

Wow and double wow Janet. I looked at the pages you suggested and it looks a fantastic place. The walks look beautiful, but your pano is just stunning. What a place to visit. Well soon you'll be away and please take care, especially with those wild fires and those amazing temperatures. Hopefully our temps will rise in the next few days, it's been so cold recently - not going above 15C, but we should expect temps of 26C in the following days - yay - but I just don't want your temps!!!! Poor Mandi is having temps of 38C which is silly hot! - have fun and keep in touch!!
3 months ago

Malik Raoulda said:

Magnifique comme a l'accoutumé, il y a qu'à suivre le guide.
Merci pour ce superbe partage ou l'émerveillement est total.
Bonne et agréable fin de soirée salutaire.
3 months ago ( translate )

PascalL said:

jolie série
3 months ago ( translate )

tiabunna said:

A lovely set of images, Janet.
3 months ago

* ઇઉ * said:

Beautifully, detailed views of a fascinating landscape!
3 months ago ( translate )

Diana Australis said:

It looks a delightful place to be! Hope you don’t get smoked out. The fires sound bad…and we here down under know plenty about bushfires!
3 months ago

vero said:

Janet merçi pour ces merveilleux trésors de la nature, une merveille Malik a raison je partage et j'affectionne ce commentaire, pour toi Bisous ma belle Janet, belle et douce journée
3 months ago ( translate )

Patrick Brandy said:

Magnifique cette lumière bonne journée
3 months ago ( translate )

Keith Burton said:

As always Janet...........a wonderful set of photos and a fascinating narrative! Good to hear you've stayed safe from the fires in your area - I hope that remains the case!

I love the main image............the light through the trees is glorious and there are some beautiful dappled shadows.

I like all the PiPs without exception..............but those deserving of a special mention are: the second one with the shot of the lush green leaf, the fourth one with the panoramic shot of the lake and the fifth one with the shot of the gorgeous tunnel of trees!

I hope you get away on your next adventure without any problems. Take care and above all, stay safe and well :-)
3 months ago