Fort Klamath is an unincorporated community about nine miles from the entrance of Crater Lake National Park. We are staying at the Aspen Inn, whose owners are super kind and knowledgeable. They purchased the motel eighteen years ago. Although there is no record of when it was built, they oldest picture found of hotel dates back to 1939. It is like being in a time capsule since each room is meticulously maintained.
There is currently a record-setting heat wave in the Pacific Northwest, and we are catching the tail end of it. In order to cool off, we were given directions to the Wood River Day Use Area, just two miles from the hotel. Embedded within the Fremont-Winema National Forest, the day use area is a network of little trails and boardwalks that hug the wood river (which runs at a consistent forty degrees). Surrounded by aspen and cottonwood trees it would an ideal spot to relax, if it weren’t full of hungry, hungry mosquitos.