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I have lived in Oregon all my life and the first time I saw Crater Lake was about 11 years ago. Capt. N was just a couple months old. It was as amazing as everyone says.
Wanting my kids to see this natural wonder at a younger age than I was when I saw it the first time, we visited it again just a couple years ago.
|The highway to Crater Lake is long & boring. There is not much else around. It reminds me of the drive to the Grand Canyon: a spectacular site in the middle of nowhere.|
|Crater Lake was formed when Mt. Mazama erupted then collapsed into itself. This created the 5 mile wide caldera. Over time snow, rain & spring water collected in the caldera.|
|Wizard Island, a volcanic cinder cone|
|Peeking through the trees at Wizard Island.|
|Steel Visitor Center|
We bought & sent my mom a postcard from the post office in the building.
|We pulled off at a picnic area to eat and the kids worked on their Junior Ranger booklets.|
|Capt. N working in his Junior Ranger booklet.|
|Mr. T used the down tree as his table.|
|The water is blue, really blue. It is one of the clearest fresh water lakes in the world. One day I would like to hike the trail down to the lake. We haven't done that yet.|
|Vidae Falls is spring fed.|
Crater Lake is considered a closed ecological system. There are no rivers running into or out of the lake.
|The kids receiving their Junior Ranger badges.|
|Crater Lake is the deepest lake in the U.S. with a maximum depth of 1943 feet. Average depth is 1148 feet.|
|The smallish rock near the back right edge of the lake is called the Phantom Ship.|
|A closer look at the Phantom Ship.|
|The cliffs can reach 2000 feet above the lake water.|
|Snow covered forest in the middle of summer.|
|The first time we visited Crater Lake we drove to what are called The Pinnacles. The second time, the road to The Pinnacles was closed due to snow.|
|Volcanic spires of sporia and pumice formed during the eruption of Mount Mazama.|
|Capt. N & I both seeing Crater Lake for the first time.|
|We have not stayed overnight in the park itself, although I would like to do that next time. The first time we camped near Paulina Lake. The second time we camped a bit closer, at Diamond Lake. It's a beautiful lake with a nice campground.|
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