The Lake Formerly Known As ...
I'm now 4 locations behind in my travel story but with hundreds of photos, it all comes back to me pretty clearly.
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.
8/11/2015 02:49:34 am
Your stunning photos remind me why I have such fond memories of this unique wonder. I always tell people that Crater Lake is where God lives when He visits the US of A. A blueness of water unmatched anywhere. You've shown me parts of the area that I've yet to visit, esp. 8,000 ft. high view---trails were snow-covered on our last visit there, though we enjoyed an Easter meal of heart-warming chicken and dumplings. Berry pie for dessert! And thank you so much for my recent Crater Lake memento!
8/14/2015 07:00:51 am
A ... AND built snow Easter bunnies! I think that was my only "winter" visit (April!) but it was indeed worth every moment.
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