September 12th, 2008 – by: TessaHill
Gorgeous Crater Lake
We really enjoyed Crater Lake. I wrote a long blog and then managed to delete it. So, Iâ€™ll give you the short version.
Crater Lake is an incredibly blue, cold, deep, lake that fills the caldera of a volcano that exploded 7700 years ago.
The park became a park because of the efforts of a man who was a Kansas kid who carried his lunch to school in a newspaper. During lunch break, he read in that lunch newspaper about the lake and became determined to see it. As an adult, he spent 17 years working toward getting it protected, become its first concessionaire, and later its superintendent. The Steel Visitor Center, where we saw a movie, is named after him.
We hiked down a steep cliff to swim in Crater Lake.
Actually, Lia submerged twice and the rest of us jumped off a cliff into the water: Charles and Jazy from 18' cliff and I went from the 12â€™ rock. It shocked the air right out of us. 50 degrees on the surface and 30 below. I felt the 30! FREEZING! But it was great fun and we enjoyed meeting the other crazy fools doing the same thing.
Ciao Baby in Mazama Campground at Crater Lake
The hike up is equivalent to â€śclimbing 65 flights of stairsâ€ť and we agreed with the signage! Lia ran ahead and waited at the top while we blamed our sorry performance on the 6-7k foot altitude.
We enjoyed all the overlooks and the full moon rising and sunset were incredible! We camped in our very same C7 campsite at Mazama Campground in the park again. Itâ€™s a beautiful, peaceful spruce forest.
The lake was used by Native Americans on their â€śVision Questâ€ť and I thought that was a good name for our trip.
Ned is hunkered down awaiting Hurricane Ike in Houston is while weâ€™re not happy about him being there alone, he is not worried about the whole thing.
There. You probably enjoyed that shortened version anyway! J