June 2022 Vacation Day 13, North From
California Into Oregon · · PAGE 34.
June 4, 2022: This Oregon mileage sign is less than 1/4 mile from the railroad track where US 97 crosses it leaving the town of Dorris, California going north toward the Oregon State line less than 3 miles from town.
After leaving Dorris, California behind, this view from US 97 is on top of
the ridge where the railroad tunnel exits on the north side. The highway is
starting down to the next valley with the Oregon State Line less than 3 miles
When we crossed into Oregon from California, we noticed there was not a
"Welcome" Sign. Looking back in this image below after the change in the asphalt
confirmed the state line location. The sign facing north put there by the
state of California confirms we are in Oregon.
Entering Oregon on US 97 · · PAGE 34.
June 4, 2022: When I was building this web page, I discovered the Oregon Welcome Sign
for US 97 Northbound traffic was very well camouflaged as seen in the image
Driving past this location at 65 MPH rendered the sign "invisible" as
I was expecting something more colorful similar to what Utah has on their
borders. "OREGON WELCOMES YOU" is visible in this Google Earth
US 97 is the main north-south route through Klamath Falls, Oregon.
Since it was getting close to lunch time we started looking for a good
take out location. We were also looking for a Wal-Mart to get more Gala
apples for Linda's daily breakfast. We found a Subway on a main
north/south street and a Wal-Mart there also. Linda went in first to build
her salad while I sat in the car with Chase. When she came out, I went
inside to get my usual foot-long sandwich and pay for both orders. After
we had lunch, we went over to Wal-Mart across the parking lot.
When Linda went into Wal-Mart to get the things she wanted, I kept Chase
out by the truck (as she calls it) and let him pee by the bushes.
I have been looking at my digital computer map and found US 97 has several
paths around and through Klamath Falls. The image below was where we
purchased fuel to take us north to the stops I have planned going up to the Portland,
Oregon area. The next stop for today is a visit to Crater Lake
National Park. The weather here in the city is beautiful similar to what
is seen in the image below. That road sign is the beginning of Crater Lake
Parkway going north. It is a four-lane route with a 50 MPH speed limit in
town since it is on the eastern side of Klamath Falls.
We stopped at this Pilot truck stop before we left town on US 97 for a restroom break for both
of us. Chase had his pick of bushes outside the building. We resumed
our northbound route.
This bend in the shoreline has a railroad track as a levy to keep the
water where it belongs in the Upper Klamath Lake as seen in this image about 5
miles north of the Pilot truck stop. The image below shows US 97 with no
lines on the road from a recent re-paving job in 2018.
This junction of Oregon route 62 from US 97 will take us toward Crater
Lake National Park. We are starting to see some overcast clouds in that
direction northwest of here.
The Oregon state route 62 comes from US 97 to this intersection where the state highway
turns right for the remainder of the ride to Crater Lake via the community of
Fort Klamath, Oregon.
The Fort Klamath General store is not far from the right turn on Oregon
This motel caters to tourists who do not like to remove snow from their
vehicles in winter. Each room has an adjacent garage.
Down at the other end of the motel is the office and more. Read the sign
to get the idea of a full service "mom and pop" motel.
The closer to the National Park on route 62, the higher the elevation, and
more possibility of finding SNOW at 5,933 feet above sea level as seen here in
June 2012. This is what we saw on our visit on June 4, 2022.
When we came to the entrance of Crater Lake on June 4, 2022, there was light rain and snow flurries. I asked the ranger about the weather at the
top and she replied with "visibility zero". We turned around and headed back to US
97 to go north. See the Google Earth images to the top of the mountain for
those of you who want to see Crater Lake. The 2007 images do not have good
Before we left the park, Linda took this photo where the souvenir shop is located. She came away with a T-shirt of Crater Lake.
This is the view as we were leaving the parking lot to head
back to US 97. A light rain fell as we were departing. We turned
left here to go back to US 97.
I found this image from the Crater Lake Lodge on a day when
fog obscured the lake below.
This is what can be seen when the weather is clear.
With the stop cancelled at Crater Lake due to bad weather, we got back on
US 97 and headed north to Bend, Oregon. US 20 comes in from the East and
joins US 97 to go north past the city of Bend, Oregon before it continues WEST.
US 97 continues north at this junction where US 20 goes west, which is our
route today. Our motel is on an I-5 exit south of Portland. We have some sights to
see on US 20 that I have seen when I was on a business trip to this area a few
The small town named SISTERS is near three similar-sized extinct volcanoes
you will see when we get closer. Salem is the state capitol of Oregon
located near Interstate 5.
US 20 Artwork; Steel Riders, Dog, and Horses 1.5 miles East of the city of Sisters,
named for three extinct volcanoes near the city. The three are partially hidden
by the trees in the image below. The elevation here is 3,141 feet above
The town of Sisters has an old west theme to draw tourists. Not a bad idea for
a city founded in 1946.
When you see a Ranger Station for a National Forest, it usually means you
have left the business district.
This traffic circle on the northwest side of town sends US 20 on its way west. The elevation here
is 3,189 feet.
Six miles northwest of the town of Sisters, US 20 comes to the end of the
straight highway to miss a mountain by turning west. The elevation here is
This point on US 20 is close to the Pacific Coast Trail. One of the
highest points on this highway at 4,718 feet elevation. There is a ski
resort near this location.
Oregon State route 22 goes to Salem which is about 20 miles north of where
US 20 meets Interstate 5.
Oregon route 22 crosses the Breitenbush River with about 46 miles
remaining to get to Interstate 5 near Salem, Oregon.
Oregon route 22 runs parallel to the Detroit Lake just downstream from the
Breitenbush River. The road is on the north side of the river that is
going west at this point.
Oregon route 22 has moved away from the river now that is away from
canyons on a direct course to I-5 and Salem. The Exit 13 sign says I-5 is
only 13 miles from here.
The dark lighting conditions matched the real weather when we stopped here
on June 4, 2022. It was a light rain condition for all of us. Chase was first
on some nearby grass. The restrooms inside were clean.
This is the on ramp to Interstate 5 from Oregon route 22 going up to the south side of
Portland, less than 33 miles north of this location.
Interstate 5, Exit 286 is the way to our motel tonight south of Portland, Oregon.
Here is our hotel for tonight South of Portland, Oregon.
We learned about this Panda Express location from the clerk at the front
desk at Motel 6. We were the last car through the drive thru lane at 9:27
PM on June 4, 2022.
We both had our usual orders of their tasty Chinese meals before bedtime back at
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