04 June 2007

Finally Crater Lake

Bill and I took off last Thursday and drove out to Crater Lake National Park. Holy Cow, it’s beautiful out there. We just couldn’t stay in the house anymore. Living on the Oregon Coast is nice, but the wind is a killer. It will be blue skies and sunshine, but you can’t go anywhere or do anything unless you want to be sandblasted by the tornado force winds. So we needed a break from this area and Crater Lake was perfect for that.

We stayed at a place just south of the park in Fort Klamath, called The Aspen Inn . This is such a nice, cute, and friendly place to stay. If you want quiet and beautiful, this is the place to stay. If you want four star and expensive, find somewhere else. The people who run The Aspen Inn are really nice, very hospitable, and generally make you feel so at home you’d swear you were visiting family.

Back to Crater Lake, beautiful, absolutely beautiful. There was still a lot of snow on the ground when we went and the campgrounds weren’t open yet. For that matter the East Loop wasn’t open yet either, it’s still under snow. Even with all the snow it was still eighty degrees out. I’ve missed the sun so much that I was soaking that up like a sponge. I’m looking forward to returning to Crater Lake later in the season once the snow has melted and the rest of the park is open. We arrived in the park about 1pm on Thursday and spent several hours driving around, taking pictures, and getting to know the area. Friday was spent much the same, in the park, driving around, taking picture, not wanting to go home.

We took at least a couple hundred pictures while we were there, the ones I’m posting are only a taste. Truly, like so many places in this country, you have to go there and experience it yourself to get a true feeling for the awe-inspiring views. Crater Lake is an amazing place, it’s the deepest lake in the US and the seventh deepest in the world. The clarity and color are unmatched. You have to see it to believe it.

I have so much to post and so many pictures that we’ve taken, but I just haven’t gotten around to blogging about it all. Hopefully I’ll get some of it up here soon, even though it will be out of order.

Cheers for now