Following our stay at Joseph Stewart State Park we head north to Bend. On the way we stopped to check out the Newberry National Volcanic Monument. This of course required an ascent of yet another peak. This time it was Paulina Peak at 7,830 ft. The ride up was not for the meek at heart. Hardscrabble, dusty, steep, narrow, and barely two lanes wide describe this “road” pretty well. No guardrails or Jersey barriers for this park road. No way!
We were reasonable yet steady navigators of the peak road. We can’t say that for other people though. Nut jobs is all we have to say. How they live to see another day is beyond us.
Anyway, the drive up ended with an open parking lot and incredible views of the Newberry Crater and the twin lakes that it had a hand in creating.
With two hands on the wheel at all times and the car in a low gear, the ride down was uneventful and provided panoramic vistas of the snow-capped Cascade Range.