Jun 5, 2012

Crater Lake National Park

Driving up to Crater Lake.  Miles of trees!


As we climbed, we started seeing snow.

And more snow!

 Up at the top at the lodge.  It was snowing so hard, we didn't even get a glimpse of the lake.

The lodge.  We had a yummy lunch here.

As we were leaving, the snow backed off and the clouds lifted for a little while, and behold -  Crater Lake!
 Crater Lake lies inside a caldera, or volcanic basin.  It is surrounded by steep rock walls that rise up to 2,000 feet above the surface.  This lake is 1,943 feet deep.  It is the deepest lake in the US and the 7th deepest in the world!  It is fed almost exclusively by snowfall - approximately 533 inches per year!  Though there is no outlet to the lake, evaporation and seepage prevent the lake from becoming any deeper.  Pretty cool factoids there, huh?

In case you can't tell from the picture, it was cold and blustery out there.  We ran our heat for the first time, today.  Works wonderfully!

So rugged and beautiful.

A pic of the RV rolling around the corner at Crater Lake National Park.  Love this rig.  It has taken us so many places; from the swamps of Louisiana, to the deserts of Arizona, to the northern coast of California.

Our crazy crew up on the dash grinning at me as they came down the road.

Heading into a gorgeous campground in Crescent, OR.  Gonna grill chicken and have our first campfire!  Join us, anyone?

Happy camping!

4 comments:

  1. Anonymous6/05/2012

    That's what ya call "happy campers" in that last photo.
    ANNIE

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  2. would love to join you! Crater Lake was our honeymoon place, and Crescent City was on our 6 week work cycle, keep having fun

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  3. You all look so happy. That is amazing you all found snow! Who would have figured snow in June. I am so glad you are seeing so many great sights. Enjoy!!! Thanks for keeping us posted on your whereabouts, it is fun to get a peek into your trip. DBS

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  4. LOVE the look of that lake! So pretty.

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