Another morning, another walk to the coffeehouse with Theo! We tracked it this time, though: It’s a mile each way. Good way to start the morning!
We headed up to Lava Butte next. It’s right near Sunriver. The elevation of Sunriver is roughly 3,500 feet, and Lava Butte peaks just over 5,000 feet. We opted to take the shuttle, which climbs the 1,500 feet in about five minutes. In other words, a precarious ride up a steep road with a cliff dropping off right next to you. Sam thought it was awesome; I nearly peed myself.
See that line extending horizontally up in about the middle of the picture? That’s the highway. See how high up we are, on the edge of a cliff. Eeeeeeek!
The Lava field covers nine square miles:
The views at the top were amazing, despite the terrible haze. You could BARELY see Mt. Bachelor, which normally is very visible from this area, since it’s quite close and towers somewhere around 10,000 feet. But it was barely visible and certainly didn’t show up in my pictures. Still, we enjoyed our trip up, and I can only imagine how amazing the view would be if the sky were clear!
Then it was back to Sunriver for biking, lunch, a few carnival rides, marionberry ice cream, a several-mile bike ride along the river, and finally a little break at home.
After relaxing for an hour, we headed back out to the SHARC for more swimming and floating down the lazy river, where I inadvertently mooned some poor man. No, I’m not kidding. Let’s just say getting into an innertube is not easy when you’re 43 and, ahem, “fluffy”…and my bathing suit bottom came down. Good grief.
Then we biked to the market, picked up sandwiches for dinner, and ate them on the deck while watching the sun set. Bliss!
Turns out my kids both LOVE biking, so there’ll be more of that tomorrow, on our last day of vacation. Sniff, sniff….