Too boring, too blue, too pristine with nothing to do but drive around the rim. Y-a-w-n....
Hah! Was I ever wrong! Mark and I stopped and enjoyed this spectacular place last week on our way home from California.
Crater Lake is so much more than just another pretty photo on a calendar! There is lots to see that never shows up on those calendar photos. I would gladly go back for another (longer) visit. Here are some highlights from our time there last Monday evening and Tuesday morning.
Pity the poor rangers who had to dig out the trail...
But the trail isn't just for the tourists. The tower is an active fire lookout during fire season.
A long way down to the lake below! What a view!!
(You can barely make out our red Subaru in the parking lot.)
From the top, we could look down on Wizard Island and see the crater at the top of the "wizard's hat."
Back to Rim Village for a few more photos. Ongoing maintenance at the historic lodge - we counted 4 man-lifts with people wielding paintbrushes.
The photos capture the scenery, but not the scale. It was so much bigger and more awe-inspiring than I had imagined. The lake itself is 6 miles across! Everything is dwarfed by the volcano and the lake-filled caldera.
In addition to the vistas, we were impressed by the silence and calm of the place. Far below us, we could see two or three tour boats out on the lake (sooooo tiny!), but they were so far away that we could barely hear their distant motors. Mostly it was just the sound of the breeze in the trees and a few bird calls.
After our hike we went to Rim Village to buy a quick lunch, and then head for home. Good bye, Crater Lake! It was good to get acquainted with you. We'll be back!