we were very lucky the other day to get a campsite at mazama in crater lake. just as we were walking up, there was a cancellation. we’d already done close to thirty miles of climbing and were ready to call it a day. we spent a few hours in the park and greg even went swimming in the cold cold water, much to the shock of the other hikers. we are enjoying breakfast in beaver marsh where we did not take on the hotcake challenge. if you eat three in thirty minutes you get your picture on the wall. six have tried. there are no pictures on the wall.
after getting a tip from another cyclist we rode over elk pass yesterday. we scoffed at the closed sign as we hopped the gate and spent the next 16 miles in car-free bliss. there’s no reason it should still be closed. we heard there was a mile of foot-deep snow, but it’s all melted now. we’re hiding out from the rain and waiting for waffles.
We made it across the border with very few questions. Canadians normally seem very concerned the we are going to expatriate, but not this time.
Everyone we’ve met has been very intent on making sure we enjoy canada. We have gotten lots of good tips on camping plus good route advice. We even had a mishap with our ferry tickets that bc ferries fixed by giving us vouchers.
The highlight so far was going to skookumchuk and checking out the tidal pools where we saw purple sea stars. The only thing better was seeing a pod of killer whales from the ferry yesterday.
Should be back in the states in the next few days. Assuming the country is still there.