When I left Portland, my Baltimore friend, Tina was along for the ride! First stop, Crater Lake -- one of my favorite places in the world, and a natural wonder that removes any doubt that Mother Nature has a plan. I've visited here nearly a dozen times and every view is as surprisingly stunning as the first. While there's more activity at Crater Lake than I remember, its waters are still some of the purest in the world. To me, the color is unmatched.
A little info if you need it: Crater Lake was formed about 6,000 to 8,000 years ago by the collapse of the volcano, Mount Mazama. It's 5 x 6 miles across, and at 1,943 feet, the lake is the deepest in the U.S.. There are no rivers flowing into or out of the lake, so evaporation is compensated for by rain and snowfall at such a rate that the total amount of lake water is replaced every 250 years.