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Tuesday, July 19th
Drive to Paradise campground (Williamette NF)

Nathan was in no shape to do any hikes today, so it was a good thing today was a transition day. After breakfast (without Nathan), we checked out of the lodge and drove down to Mazama Village to do some laundry. There are only 3 washing machines and 2 dryers here; thankfully for us they were all available when we arrived.

After laundry and picking up some souvenirs from the gift shop, we left Mazama Village around 1:20pm. We now headed north, out of the park, then up Highway 97. After a few brief stops, including one for gas (Oregon still insists on full-service after all these years), we made our way up Highway 20 to Sisters. As this was the last city before we entered the mountains, we stopped here for groceries. Rays Food Place is a full sized supermarket, and we found pretty much everything we'd need for camping the next three nights.

After picking up groceries, it was another hour via highways 20 and 126 to reach Paradise Campground near McKenzie Bridge. We could have instead taken Highway 242, but that is a winding scenic road that, although it is a more direct route, probably takes a little longer.

We reached Paradise Campground around 6:35pm and marveled at the beautiful sight of towering moss-covered trees above us. The camp was nearly full. The camp is next to the McKenzie River. Though our site wasn't right next to the river, we could easily hear the river in the background. After setting up camp and having dinner, we had a good night's sleep to the sound of the river.


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