Sunday, October 07, 2012

Crater Lake Rim

On the 4th day of our road trip, we made it to Crater Lake National Park in southeast Oregon.
At 1,943 feet (592 meters), it is the deepest lake in the United States and the 7th in the world.
From the history books, it says Crater Lake was formed over 7,700 years ago when the volcano on Mount Mazama erupted and then collapsed. This area receives heavy snow annually and the melting of the snow fills the lake.
The drive around the rim is a 33 mile loop so you can get a view of the lake and its geology from different angles.

Wizard Island, inside Crater Lake, is a popular destination for hiking and fishing. The park service offers a boat service to the island where you will be dropped off for 3 hours of exploring a deserted island.

When you return from your exploration, you can spoil yourself with a stay at the fancy Crater Lake Lodge.
Since we brought our dog with us, we could not stay here and had to lodge at a more modest location.

There are a number of wildlife you can see while at the rim like this bluejay?

Or, the playful golden-mantled ground squirrels are live and well and all around the park.

- Karen


14 comments:

cocomino said...

That's a great trip. The first photo is really beautiful and clear. It's fun to walk around the nature places.

rainfield61 said...

You have had another great trip.

Yogi♪♪♪ said...

Crater Lake is on my bucket list. Our National Parks are a treasure.

Filip and Kristel said...

What a nice area, great pictures.

Greetings,
Filip

ArtandArchitecture-SF.com said...

This is just magnificent. Love the lodge, looks gorgeous.

fiziskandarz said...

My oh my! what an awesome view, a lovely weather at a breathtaking place like this, those 33 miles journey is defo worth a go!

betchai said...

it's beautiful there, where everywhere is so blue but going down the lake is different story since there were a lot of huge mosquitoes. beautiful pictures, and of the lodge too, i am not sure if it is blue jay, somehow, whenever i see blue, i say, blue jay :)

lina said...

Lovely shots and awesome scenery there.

The bird shot is great! :)

EastCoastLife said...

Beautiful place, it's a bonus for me to see wildlife.

llandudnopictures said...

Such clarity and vibrant colours, I imagine the air is crystal clear too.

eileeninmd said...

Beautiful shots of Crater lake and the lodge looks pretty. I always like to check out the park lodges. Thanks for sharing your trip.

Jana said...

I love the picture of the chipmunk (thats what they call the small squirrel like one):-))

Jana said...

...btw forgot to mention that I learned their name just few weeks ago while I went to canada...happy new week from wet tulipland!

Emm in London said...

Wow, what a lucky dog to get to go on holiday with you! I could take my Labrador but my boxer / boerboel cross tends to bite other dogs. :( These view are just exquisite. I am definitely a water baby and would love to drive between Oregon and California one day. My friend is moving to San Francisco in December and I have friends in Seattle and San Diego so it is looking ever more likely that a west coast USA trip will happen eventually.