June 8, 2016

Road Trip to Fairbanks, Day 1 (May 24th)

Mt. Ashland.  The day before our road trip.

At last, we got connected to the Internet yesterday!
We flew from Narita to LAX and transferred to the flight to Medford, OR on May 18th.
We stayed at the place of one of our friends and got ready for the road trip to Alaska with help of our friends in Oregon.
Thanks to the friends, we succeeded in our trip to Fairbanks.  And now it's time for uploading bunch of pictures taken during our trip.

Here is the pictures taken on Day 1 of our road trip to our home in Fairbanks, Alaska.

(Day 1)
Asland, OR (9:30) - Phoenix, OR (10:04) - Interstate 5 - Roseburg (12:23) - Glide (13:00) - Tokatee Fall (14:00 - 15:30) - Diamond Lake Store (16:20 - 16:35) - Looking for the campsite - Diamond Lake Camp Ground (17:30).

Near Ashland on the way to Roseburg.


After Roseburg, we were entering mountain area.

We stopped for lunch before we got to Tokatee Fall.

Dichelostemma congestum (Forktooth Ookow).

Centaurea biebersteinii (Spotted Knapweed).

This blossom looks like a kind of hydrangea.

Water pipe at the entrance of Tokatee Fall.

Clintonia uniflora (Queen-cup).
When we walked up to the fall, we found this. 

Clintonia uniflora (Queen-cup). 

Anemone deltoidea (Columbia Windflower).

Rhododendron macrophyllum (Pacific Rhododendron).

A kind of lily.

Can you find what is hiding?

It was a chipmunk.

Trientalis borealis ssp. latifolia (Pacific Starflower).
Most of them were white, but some of them were slightly pink like this. 

Sedum oreganum (Oregon Stonecrop).

Collinsia grandiflora (Giant Blue-Eyed Mary).
Strikingly blue color attracted my eye in the dim under the forest.

Tokatee Fall.

Allotropa virgata (Sugarstick).
Spooky-looking one.

Rhododendron macrophyllum (Pacific Rhododendron).
Near the Tokatee Fall, there were lots of Rhododendron blooming on both side of the road.

Rhododendron macrophyllum (Pacific Rhododendron).

On the way to Diamond Lake.

Mt. Bailey from Diamond Lake.

 At the Diamond Lake Resort.
The son of the guy who Dan used to know is running the place now.

Acorn woodpecker by Diamond Lake.

Mt. Thielsen from Diamon Lake.

Mt. Thielsen from Diamon Lake.

Viola glabella (Smooth Yellow Violet). 

Viola glabella (Smooth Yellow Violet). 

Viola orbiculata (Roundleaf Violet). 

Anemone oregana (Oregon Anemone).

Trillium ovatum (Wetern Trilium).

Viola orbiculata (Roundleaf Violet). 

There were quite a few yellow violets by Diamond Lake.

Viola orbiculata (Roundleaf Violet). 

At the campsite.
It started to rain, but we slept pretty good on the back of our rig.

We drank hard cider instead of beer during our trip.
It was first time for me to drink "Chocokate Milk"...It was quite sweet.

Mt. Bailey from the lake.

There were lots of flies and mosquitoes by the lake, so 
there were quite a few birds, too.

We found quite a few robins.

Anemone oregana (Oregon Anemone). 

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