|Pointy Mt. Thielson from the highway|
Okay, on to today's story. After spending two glorious days at Crater Lake, Roger and I packed up for the long drive back to Portland. But on our way home, we decided to make a pit stop. Just north and west of Crater Lake is another place that's very special to our family - Diamond Lake. When our kids were little, we used to spend long summer weekends camping at this beautiful body of water. Fishing was great, the campground was wonderful, and both our kids learned to ride their bikes on the paved path that circled it's shore.
|Tall snowbanks line the road to Crater Lake|
Since Diamond Lake is a short distance from Crater Lake, Roger and I decided we had to stop by. So we bid Crater Lake goodbye, and hit the road that wound west and north around the park. Diamond Lake was only about 20 miles away, and it didn't take long before Roger was pulling into the marina parking area.
|Diamond Lake and Mt. Bailey|
We'd never visited Diamond Lake in the winter. The lake has a resort, with a lodge, cabins and a general store. Although summer is it's busy season, the place stays open year-round. When the snow flies, snowmobiling, ice fishing, and cat skiing are the main activities. Diamond Lake is anchored by two lovely mountains on each side - Mt. Bailey to the west, and pointy-topped Mt. Thielson to the east.
|Snow art on Diamond Lake's shore|
When we lived in South Dakota, Roger was an avid ice fisherman. Sadly, living in western Oregon, temps rarely get cold enough to freeze the lakes, so Roger hasn't ice fished in years. But up here in the mountains, in winter the mercury drops well below freezing, and Diamond Lake regularly ices over. Roger was very interested in checking out the ice fishing scene.
|Swedish chef snowman?|
It was cool to see the lake covered with snow and ice. So different from our summer trips! And even more fun - someone had built a couple of incredible snowmen on the lakeshore. One looked to be a chef, and the other was built with a set of sturdy legs. Pine cones and sticks were used to outline facial features.
|Roger goes to check on the ice fishing|
While Roger trekked out onto the ice to talk to the fishermen, I roamed along the shore snapping photos of these very creative snowmen.
|Snowchef and Mt. Bailey|
Roger returned with a report that the fishing was slow. Still, I think my hubby was wishing he'd brought his pole and still owned an ice auger. Maybe we'll have to return to Diamond Lake next winter. I'll pass the time skiing up Mt. Bailey while Roger's busy enticing trout to bite.
Our winter trip to Southern Oregon was a rousing success. Whether it's to visit Crater or Diamond Lake, I have a feeling there's a return visit in store for next winter.
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