Kari and I flew to Atlanta and met up with Bill on our way to Sacramento.   We are spoiled hanging out in the Sky Lounge!!

In order to save a few pennies we flew into Sacramento and would make the 4 hour (okay it was more like 6) drive to Crater Lake National Park.  We also thought it might be a very scenic drive through Northern California.  We spent the night in Sacramento and slept in before driving to Willows to have breakfast.

We stopped at the Black Bear Diner.  This place was adorable!  The portions were huge and everything was delicious…and there were vegetarian options!!  There were homemade pies served in huge cereal bowls…looked very yummy but would have to wait until next time as we were all stuffed!

A little scary that this would be enough of a problem to warrant a sign!!

We drove past some beautiful lakes and had a beautiful view of Mt. Shasta.

We thought this was funny…I know, but hours in the car can make anything funny…

And then we went through the town of Dorris…we could stop here and stay at the Dorris Motel…even hourly…yikes!

Or even have lunch…they now serve good food!!

In Dorris they drive to lunch on lawn tractors…(I didn’t take a very good pic but the guy is waiting to cross the highway on his mower at the stop sign)  We would have missed all this if we would have flown directly into Klamath Falls!!

We finally arrived at Crater Lake…it was simply breathtaking!  We checked in and headed out for dinner.  There are only a couple of choices here.  The Lodge food looked delicious, but was a bit pricey.  We went to the Rim Lake Center, which was just a short walk, and grabbed dinner at the grab and go Cafe…Bill said it used to be a restaurant…but their soup in a bread bowl was delicious!

We came back to the Lodge and sat on the patio and watched the sunset!

We were all tired and decided to go to bed early…we needed to catch the bus at 6:00 am to drive to the race start!