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North America » United States » Oregon » Crater Lake June 26th 2007

Long day today of over 500 miles, yet quite possibley the weirdest 500 miles I have ever driven in my life. The day started at around 930am with a quick nip to grab a photo of the Carson Mansion in Eureka, for some reason I expected this to be in quite large grounds and far away from anything else, but its basically just another house on a street. The drive starts 270 miles ish to Crater Lake, the vast portion of the drive was uneventful, although the drive through The Jedidiah Smith Redwoods State Park was very nice, however this paled into insignificance once you start up to Crater Lake which is simply just road after road flanked on both sides by forest, unfortunately photography doesn't work that well in poor light, but hopefully one ... read more
Road to Crater Lake
Crater Lake
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North America » United States » Oregon » Crater Lake October 4th 2006

Mt. Mazama erupted 7,700 years ago. After expelling ash and pumice this huge mountain collapsed and created a beautiful lake encircled with green forests and steep mountains. We had magnificent views of Wizard Island in Crater Lake with the shadows and clouds moving in. We arrived late in the day with the possibility of snow expected. We took pictures and decided to hi-tail it off the mountain, it was cold. This time of year, campgrounds are closed and the drive out of the National Park is significant plus the trip to another campground was a bit of a hike. So off we went to Toketee Campground in Umpqua National Forest, a lovely, quiet area and a good night’s sleep. We got lots of photos of Crater Lake. The Lodge was under construction. ... read more
It was cold at Crater Lake, snow was forecast.
Is that lovely or what?  Crater Lake!
The Bothan and Kel at Crater Lake

North America » United States » Oregon » Crater Lake September 6th 2006

Crater lake was formed by an explosion that blew the top of the mountain off and left a huge crater behind. After that explosion occured, a baby volcano formed inside the crater, creating a volcanic island right in the middle of it. The waters at Crater lake were of a really deep blue that is rarely seen. The water was so still, it looked almost unreal. We drove around the entire perimeter of the lake but unfortunately were not able to touch the water since it is a fairly long hike down to the water from the top of the crater rim. We also stopped at a few places to admire some waterfalls. Long day but a lot of fun!... read more
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water falls

North America » United States » Oregon » Crater Lake September 2nd 2006

Hello again, the really interesting geologist is back, with two more natural wonders to thrill you with! The two epic craters in the title refer to ‘The Craters of the Moon’ National Monument and the ‘Crater Lake National Park’. Both of these marvels have two things in common… 1. We went to both of them 2. They were both created by volcanic activity Another interesting fact is that both of them may well erupt again in a cataclysmic nature in the future, but only one of them is currently classified as an active site…read on and I will reveal the answer! Craters of the Moon National Monument is a really weird place; it’s kinda like ‘I am standing on an alien world’ weird. All around you are solidified oceans of lava flows with barren scattered ... read more
No way to go but up!
On top of the 'volcano'
Desolate... but beautiful

North America » United States » Oregon » Crater Lake May 25th 2006

Hi everyone, Today was a day of unexpected surprises. Our plan was to head out of Bend, Oregon after spending a cold and rainy night outside and head to Crater Lake National Park. Our drive to Crater Lake was gorgeous, through Deschutes National Forest. Oregon reminds me of New England so much. There are so many trees and the mountains and rolling hills are so beautiful. It was chilly today around 55 and raining for our entire drive down to Crater Lake. The North Entrance was closed due to snow (it should have been our first clue) so we headed further south to enter the park. Well when we entered the park a friendly, knowledgeable park ranger informed us that the Rim Drive was not entirely open due to seasonal conditions. Being curious, I inquired about ... read more
Crater Lake
Wizard Island
Winter Wonderland

North America » United States » Oregon » Crater Lake April 30th 2006

Around 5700 BC Mt. Mazama, one of the tallest mountains in what is now the Northwestern US, underwent a cataclysmic eruption. The result was a hollow mountain with its top missing. Over time it has filled with rain and snow forming a crystal-clear lake almost 2,000 ft deep, the deepest in the US and 7th deepest in the world. The lake lies in one of the heaviest snowfall areas in Oregon, averaging over 500 inches per year. A 30 mile road circles the rim of the lake accessed by paved roads from the north and the south. In winter, the north access road and the rim road are under several feet of snow and are closed, usually until June. Our first attempt to go up the south road, on March 30, had to be aborted because ... read more
Getting Near the Top
The Ranger Station
The Visitors Center

North America » United States » Oregon » Crater Lake October 24th 2005

Short trip (11 days) with my honey, Jimmie, to Northern California and Crater Lake, Oregon. Flew into Sacramento, rented a car and drove up to Crater Lake then back through the redwoods. We spent one night camping near Mt. Shasta. Once we got to Crater Lake we made camp at Lost Creek campground. It was a very quiet campground with no showers or hot water. We camped there for 2 nights. There was no firewood for sale (you had to gather it on your own). The campground was very picked over for firewood, so we emptied the trunk and went off to search. It wasn't hard to find. There was an abundance of dead wood everywhere. Lucky for me, Jimmie has mad wood breaking skills and he would just take a good sized trunk and bang ... read more
Firewood is good
Our Friend
A Beach

North America » United States » Oregon » Crater Lake August 31st 2005

Hey everyone. How long has it been? Quite awhile and we have done so much, so this will probably be a lengthy blog. So here it goes: After we left Bellingham we found our way to Mt. Rainier. What a beautiful place. We stayed on the Sunrise side and stayed for 3 days. The first day we hiked 9 miles and did some ridge running. That was fun. It was very hard hiking, but fun. The next day we hiked to the summit of Dege Peak which was only 4.2 miles and an easy hike. We then left the Sunrise side and headed to Ellensburg, WA. The Chimpanzee and Human Communication Institute is located there with Washoe and her friends so I had to go. It was absolutely amazing! We sat through a lecture and then ... read more
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Tillamook Cheese Factory
Summit of Dege Peak

North America » United States » Oregon » Crater Lake July 10th 1998

Geo: 42.9113, -122.149Had perfect weather. Lovely lodge, terrific views, fascinating pumice field and lava flows.... read more
Pumice Desert
Crater Lake rim walk
Crater Lake

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