Olallie Lake

Last week on a day trip to view the eclipse, we drove all the way down to Olallie Lake. What a gorgeous vacation spot, but the roads are terrible. I repeat – terrible! Do not attempt to go out any way other than the main entrance to the north. The southern road is only passable by four wheel drive vehicles. They should post a sign warning all other vehicles away. That would have been helpful as we started scraping the underside of my small passenger car on the rocks trying to get out – the roads were that bumpy! Ending up in me thinking I had a leak when we got home because my son noticed something dripping after we’d stopped the car.

So, I drove it straight into the shop even though they didn’t have time to work on it for several days because I was worried whatever was dripping would leak out and I wouldn’t be able to drive it anywhere, then have to pay to get it towed. Come to find out, they looked over my car the next day and couldn’t see anything leaking. So the mechanic asked me if I’d been running the air conditioner for a long length of time. Um, yep. It was a long trip with the a/c going most of the time. The mechanic makes an uh-huh sound. Then inserts a dramatic pause. I’m starting to get the hint that maybe the a/c was dripping by the time he starts talking again… Apparently, if you drive a long ways with the a/c running, condensation builds up, which you may then see dripping off the car when you stop. Gee, do I feel just a wee bit stupid. But better safe than sorry I say, so all’s well that ends well, right?  😉

Here I thought I hurt my poor car going on an adventure off into no mans land in her. The little diva car is still going. She says I can’t kill her yet – sometimes she gets better screen time than me when I’m on set as an extra. I have to keep her going so she can be in more TV shows and movies. She thinks I should rent a 4-wheel drive next time I want to go on an adventure. Little divalicious brat! I swear, one of these days I’m going to buy that bratty car a some of those eyelashes you put on your cars headlights so she can look like the diva she is!

 

Campground at Olallie Lake
Campground at Olallie Lake

 

Looking out to Olallie Bluff
Looking out to Olallie Bluff

 

Cute little dome tent by the lake
Cute little dome tent by the lake

 

Orange berries
Orange berries

 

Pine cone art
Pine cone art

 

Flighty little chipmunk
Flighty little chipmunk

 

So, the eclipse may have been the highlight of that trip, but we also hung around and had a picnic lunch at a campsite someone had already left after the eclipse. We tried to take photos of a cool looking bird who kept flying away from us and an elusive little chipmunk. The lake was beautiful, but there was a narrow strip of land on one side of the lake that looked like it had been on fire sometime in the past few years. When we saw that area up close on the way to and from the peninsula, it was filled with beautiful wildflowers. I just had to stop and take photos!

 

Flowers growing after a fire.
Flowers growing after a fire.

 

Out of the ashes, beauty grows
Out of the ashes, beauty grows

 

Happy 2 year anniversary to my blog today!

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