Ramblings of a Techno-Viking

Frog Lake

This summer I don't have the excuse of Internet connectivity problems, only being busy with my job of camp hosting at Frog Lake. The job is managing a 33-site campground, day use area, and cleaning the restrooms at the "sno-park" twice a week. They did supply a golf-cart so I could get around to all the places I needed to be.

When I arrived in late May, it was a nice sunny day. Two days later my motorhome had two inches of snow on it, which melted off in a few days. June was pretty calm, without the park being full. From July 4th to Labor Day, the park was full every weekend with the one exception being a very rainy day. September started out with busy weekends, but the rainy closing weekend only had one camper.

Frog Lake, near Mt Hood (in Oregon) is a small natural lake named after the hundreds of tiny frogs it has. At times, it is hard to walk to the lake without almost stepping on the 1/4" reptiles. The lake was stocked with trout several times while I was there, and fishing was very good at times. Boats are allowed, but motors are not. There is a boat ramp in the day use area. On clear days, Mt Hood can be seen over the lake from the south end. Only once did I see it still and clear enough to see a reflection of Mt Hood however.

The campground is 33 sites, 5 nonreserveable. It has three pairs of vault toilets and two hand-pump wells. Sites are $20/night, the day use area is $5/day. (The Northwest Forest Pass is accepted in the day use, but not the national passes.) Verizon and AT&T cell signals are marginal. To get any T-mobile signal I had to go back out to the highway.

Posted Wednesday 25 September 2013 21:04 UTC
Last edited Thursday 26 September 2013 17:37 UTC
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La Pine State Park

In central Oregon, a few miles off of US-97, is La Pine State Park. The Deschutes River runs through it, and it has the largest Ponderosa Pine in the state. There are over 100 full-hookup campsites, and some cabins that can be rented. Campsite rates are quite reasonable at $22/night. ($4 cheaper October-May.) I stayed at site 76 in the middle loop, one of the pull-through sites. (The picture has a clue to a future blog article.) Some of the sites have the river behind them through some trees, but they all seem to be back-in sites. Based on how full it was mid-week in late September with rain, I expect it to be full most of the summer so reservations may be needed. The Verizon signal was good in my campsite.

There are several hiking trails in the park, including a nature trail along the river that has both ends in the campground.

Posted Thursday 26 September 2013 17:37 UTC
Last edited Thursday 26 September 2013 17:37 UTC
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Collier State Park and Logging Museum

Collier State Park is 30 miles north of Klamath Falls on US-97. The campground has over 60 sites, many full-hookup and a few pull-through. A few back on the Williamson River. There is a 1/2 mile trail to the Logging Museum, mostly beside Spring Creek, crossing under the highway at the "Romeo and Juliet" bridge and over a footbridge. Verizon signal is good. This year (2013) the campground will be closing October 1 for some work on the water main. Sites are $22/night. ($19/night tent only.)

The logging museum is mostly outdoors, somewhat organized into eras of logging based on the power used. (Horse/oxen, steam, early internal combustion, post-wwII, modern.) (The modern is a single signboard with no equipment.) While there is a loop trail, many of the exhibits are not on it and you need to wander around to see the whole thing. If you are interested, it is easy to spend a full day doing so.

Posted Saturday 28 September 2013 01:34 UTC
Last edited Saturday 26 October 2013 19:14 UTC
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