One of my favorite nephews (OK, they are all my favorite nephews, to be honest!) flew into Medford, Oregon to camp out with me here at Joseph Stewart State Park, halfway between Medford and Crater Lake (which we will see later this week). This morning was all about sleeping in and me spoiling him with french toast and bacon to start the day off right.
Stewart State Park is on the cliff above a section of the dammed Rogue River, named Lost Creek Lake. We decided to explore it and headed south first, below the dam and where the fly fishers were having a field day.
The fall colors were out in force and we enjoyed looking around as we tried our best to circumnavigate the lake. But, alas, we were drivers, not hikers, today, so we had to turn back when the gravel road got to be too much. Still, we did get views like this one.
Then it was down towards Medford for a quick wine tasting that scored us a nice bottle of Petite Syrah for dinner. And a trip to this local ice cream place to have what turned out to be quite a tasty lunch. And yes, shakes and hot fudge sundaes can indeed be considered lunch when you are (a) retired or (b) on vacation.
From there, we tried valiantly to locate what the map called the Prospect State Scenic Viewpoint, but which, we realized after a while, all the signs called something else like Mills Falls. Whatever. We got to some falls we liked and declared victory.
On the way home, I saw the view from Peyton Bridge over Lost Creek Lake and knew I needed to try for the shot. So we pulled a U-turn, Bob took the wheel, and I got ready to jump out as we hit the flashers on the bridge so I could capture this. Totally worth it (and there was only 1 car the whole 10 seconds we were stopped, so no danger of causing a traffic accident).
And so ended the tourist portion of our day. Hope you enjoyed the photos!