Crater Lake National Park

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September 20th 2013
Published: September 20th 2013
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Yesterday we drove the 33 mile Rim Drive around Crater Lake. The road is aptly named, as we did indeed travel on the edge of the rim of the crater. Many of the pullouts were perched on steep cliffs, offering panoramic views - - as well as causing a bit of vertigo. The lake rests inside a caldera formed about 7700 years ago when Mt. Mazama erupted and its summit collapsed. The lake is fed by rain and snowmelt, and at 1900 feet deep, is the deepest lake in the U.S. The depth accounts for its intensely blue color. The lake is also considered to be the cleanest large body of water in the world.

There is an island in the lake, Wizard Island, named for its resemblance to a sorcerer’s hat. It is a cinder cone rising 767 feet above the lake and is built of cinders ejected from the caldera after the mountain collapsed. It is called a “volcano within a volcano.” Another interesting island is called “Phantom Ship.” It resembles a small sailboat and it looks quite small in the lake, but is actually as tall as a 16 story building.

We ate lunch at the Crater Lake Lodge; another of the many rustic National Park lodges built in the early 1900’s. For those not into strenuous hiking on the many trails within the park, the rocking chairs on the deck offer a nice alternative. We continue to be awed by the National Park system.

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20th September 2013

Great trip and blog
We are enjoying your blog on your trip. Hope the weather and the government keep it great. If those guys and gals in DC can't reach an agreement on the budget and the debit cap, the national parks may be closed for lack of funds. that could be as early as October 1st but more likely some time after that. May affect your trip back home. Keep up the reporting and have a great time. Tom & Sandy
22nd September 2013

Wonderful sight to behold and great pictures. Sure this will be one of the outstanding highlights of your trip. Can't wait to ask all kinds of questions. Hope your campground is close to the rim. We wanted to see Crater Lake but too far from the coast that we were exploring and only had two weeks. Truly spectacular sight!! Apparently you did not linger in Idaho.. Looking forward to where we will be going next. :)) Great trip!!! EM & P

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