Lake of the Woods, Oregon

Hello Everyone!

Gourmet Girl Gail here. We hope you all had a wonderful Labor Day weekend, whether you spent it in your own backyard, car camping, or on a wilderness retreat. Friday night I attended Gourmet Girl Denise’s Farewell Party. She’s moving to France in less than two weeks! We’re going to miss her very much, but she’ll be back on our radar once she gets settled. In the meantime, we wish her all the best in her new nest. Life in the Loire Valley! What could be better than that!

Denise at the grill

Last week in her blog post, Denise mentioned Lake of the Woods where the Gourmet Girls and others spent an overnight and watched the eclipse from the dock of a beautiful cabin in a rustic setting. This photo was too entertaining not to include again!

The night before the eclipse, I set up my tent on the dock and slept there, lulled to sleep by the gentle waves of this serene lake. Heavenly!

Lake of the Woods is a beautiful high mountain lake and one of just a few natural lakes in Southern Oregon. I spent a little time driving around the lake before I headed down to Ashland to spend time with my friend Julie Benezet and her family. Ashland is home of the renowned Oregon Shakespeare Festival.

One of the places on my radar for a future visit is Sunset Campground. Set beneath a towering conifer forest, the sites in the campground are widely spaced and offer lakefront views, showcasing the stunning Mt. McLoughlin.

The Crater Lake National Park is a popular nearby attraction, but with a fire in the area, I chose not to visit this time around. I’ve been to Crater Lake a couple of times in the past and it’s well worth it. At 1,943 feet deep, Crater Lake is the deepest lake in the United States and one of the ten deepest lakes in the world.

If you’re looking for a great vacation or respite, Southern Oregon has many opportunities. Imagine setting up your tent at Sunset Campground, hauling out the Wonderbag to prep dinner (as discussed in a previous blog), and then heading down to the Shakespeare Festival to catch one of their afternoon plays. During high season, they put on multiple plays simultaneously. And it’s only about an hour’s drive to Ashland. You needn’t concern yourself about dinner when you return to your campsite. Simply open up the Wonderbag and voila! A delicious meal is ready. Easy peasy!

As I write this, I’m sitting in beautiful Bellevue, Washington, where temperatures will reach well into the 90s. It seems like summer’s not easing its grip on the adventurous spirits among us, so why not get out and embrace our great outdoors. We highly recommend it! After all, getting active is getting happy, don’t you agree?

Until next time,
Gail, Denise and Lindsey