Continuing north, we settled around Diamond Lake, just north of Crater Lake. This is a wonderful area with plenty of natural beauty and ways to enjoy it. However the mosquitoes have gotten increasing worse with each move and we are forced to take bold action.
One day we decided to drive scenic OR138 which follows the North Umpqua River, stopping at some of the numerous waterfalls along the way.
Ron came prepared for the hungry wildlife.
The first waterfall we visited was Watson Falls. A short hike took us along pretty Watson Creek . .
To Watson Falls which plunges 272 feet over the edge of a basalt lava flow.
I enjoyed the rhododendron blooming along the trail.
Next up was Toketee Falls - one of the most photographed along the route. This was obviously the wrong time of day. I actually thought this was the worst waterfall picture I would take all day, but I was wrong.
The drive between the falls was gorgeous and deserved a picture too. For some reason, this is called Rattlesnake Rock.
Now on to the worst picture. It started out well with this pretty trail.
Tragically Susan Creek Falls was in full sun with all the surrounding area in deep shade. But in the spirit of full disclosure, I'm posting the picture anyway.
On our way home, I decided to try Toketee Falls again. Either I was still too early (at 5pm) or the picture should be taken before the sun hits it in the morning.
So here is one of the voracious critters trying her best to attack. Actually, mosquitoes are not my most hated insect. The tiny black flies in UP of Michigan and the ticks in Arkansas are worse in my opinion. Luckily it's been cool enough that we can cover up (Ron has his bee keeper suit and I have my Avon bug guard.)