Today we are on the Cascade Lakes Scenic Byway. Oregon’s
numerous scenic byways showcase the diversity of this wonderful state. We can’t
travel all of them, nor can we travel some of them in their entirety, but the
allure of their grandeur motivates us to do our best.
We travel past beautiful alpine lakes, snow-capped peaks
and volcanic crater cones. First up is the Mt. Bachelor ski resort at, you
guessed it, the 9,000-foot Mount Bachelor. It’s a popular ski area in the
winter months as it has good snow coupled with sunny days.
Next view across the way is Broken Top Mountain, a
And one of the Three Sisters – definitely not the ugly
Todd Lake is the first of a number of lakes that we pass,
followed by Green Lake, which is, and Devils Lake which is an even richer jewel
green. Amongst all these rivers, lakes, peaks and glaciers there are an
incredible number of designated hiking trails each numbered and many requiring
back country permits. Hikers taking their dogs with them is common and at Todd
Lake Trail which allows for leached dogs, and being a Sunday, the car park is
full of people and pooches. Sparks Lake takes our fancy with its outstanding
Bernie can’t resist testing the ice strength.
A young couple, also precariously sliding on the ice, are
having wedding photos taken.
As the sun fades, we return on the Upper Deschutes Road. This is a popular name in this neck of the woods with the Deschutes Brewing Company in Bend and the Upper Deschutes River which flows parallel to the Dallas- Californian Highway, the I-97, for a good distance. Deschutes is French for “The Falls”.