Published: October 19th 2007July 20th 2007
After Stewart Springs, I ventured through the remaining miles of California. This is where a simple idea such as a "road trip" turns into something very different, where whole governments and people change while the landscape remains the same. It was almost like going uphill, the dry and expansive Pacific Coast I know in California became intimate and lush. The terrain was defined by forested hills and large but distant volcanos. My destination? The mythical National Park of Crater Lake. Crater Lake is easy to understand
. Imagine a massive volcano much like Mt. Ranier- 4000 meters high and covered with glaciers- violently exploding. The hollow foundation of the giant then fills with the abundant snow of the North American Pacific Coast. Sheer 600 meter cliffs ring the surface of the lake, which is 1800 meters high. There is no inlet or outlet to the lake, and the combination of 13.5 meters of annual snow and high altitude make the lake virtually free of organic material. This makes the water very clear, and very blue. No swimming, kayaking or boating is allowed on the lake- except the boat tour of Wizard Island to which the ranger make an exception.
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