August 8, 2011

Here's a Recommendation for Dealing with Travel Tensions that Works! Plus Photos of My Current Trip

Based on a lifetime of experience traveling with family and friends, I don't think there's any setting more guaranteed to generate angry flareups than long-distance car travel. This trip was no different until we found a great antidote. Here's what you do:

  1. Get the CD for the Broadway hit show, The Book of Mormon.
  2. Play the CD a couple of times while driving.
  3. When you sense tension storms gathering, say: Turn it off. Turn it off.
  4. If that doesn't work, bring on the sure-fire big gun. Sing out: Hasa Diga Eebowai.
We discovered this miraculous tension breaker just before arriving at Crater Lake after a long day trip from Lake Tahoe and have been using it effectively ever since. Here are a few of the many photos we took as we went from Crater Lake to Diamond Lake to Mt. Hood and the Columbia River Gorge, where we are now.

None of these shots fully capture the spectacular beauty of this part of the U.S.

Lake Carter where some of the 53 inches of snow they got last winter remained on the ground. The surrounding hills are reflected in the lake's deep blue waters:

The volcanic ashes have formed sculptured protrusions much like the much larger ones I saw last year in Cappadocia during my trip to Turkey:

Nimesh gets ready to dive into the lake:

Then, on to nearby Diamond Lake Lodge which I liked better than the fancier Crater Lake Lodge. The lake can be used, not just viewed. And we lucked out since a convention of country fiddlers was in residence, and we had a great time at their show the night we were there.

Mt. Hood dominated the landscape on the next day's drive and demanded a stopover:

The day trip ends as we reach the Columbia River Gorge:


Mano said...

Great pictures!

Kathy Muller said...

Glad you are having such a wonderful trip.  But don't you have any Abba or Barry Manilow CD's for road music?