Mile 1362. We cook our dinner on the patio of a gracious bakery and cafe in Medford. We’ve found that “welcome” and “information” centers in this part of Oregon don’t supply picnic tables. Heading out of Medford it starts to rain. As we ascend the Rogue River toward Crater Lake, the rain turns to snow. We turn off to spend the night at Crater Lake, but the snow begins to stick, right where the SNOW ZONE sign says it will. We double back, determined to make it over the Cascades before they’re completely snowbound.