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Crater Lake, Oregon 8/11/2012 Or: What I did on my summer vacation 
14th-Aug-2012 09:53 am
Went south to visit my daughter over the weekend and we took a day trip to Crater Lake National Park.
Truly awesome! Inspired by Ken Burns DVDs about National Parks.

Pumice Desert
This is the 'Pumice Desert' from the entrance of the park toward the lake

Wizard Island 6940ft elevaation
Wizard Island 6940ft elevation

Cascade Mtns
Cascade Mountains

Cascade Mountains

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Warning sign as you near the lake


Dead wood
Deadwood that looks like the skeleton of an animal

Dead wood2
Another piece that looks like an animal

Vidae Falls

Ninja save
Love the signage: this one has a ninja saving a falling person

Phantom Ship at a distance
the 'Phantom Ship' from a distance

Phantom ship
Closeup of the 'Phantom Ship'

Pine cones that look like a bird
Is it a bird? Nope! Just a cluster of pinecones!

Snow in August
Yes, snow all year round
15th-Aug-2012 02:37 am (UTC)
I love Crater Lake. Kind of out of the way to get to, but worth the trip.
15th-Aug-2012 03:22 am (UTC)
The difficult part was the traffic - construction everywhere...but, yes, worth the trip. Also was able to buy a Senior Lifetime pass for all Nat'l parks for $10. Now I want to go to more parks - there are 3 in WA. ;)
15th-Aug-2012 05:16 pm (UTC)
That looks stunning !! Could you actually go on the lake to sail or even swim ? Looks like you can't on your pic and that the water must be really cold!! But what a view !!
16th-Aug-2012 03:18 am (UTC)
There is a place where you can hike down to the lake at Cleetwood Cove - a strenuous hike of 2.2 mi (3.5 km) and take a tour of the lake on a boat. But we chose not to do that since I'm not sure I could get back up even if I could hike down to the edge. No swimming, though. I imagine it is quite cold since it is the deepest lake in the US - 1943 ft at the deepest point. Since there is snow at various points around the crater I doubt the water ever warms up.
16th-Aug-2012 03:42 pm (UTC)
Beautiful! I just spent a week in Oregon and we debated adding an extra day to go to Crater Lake - now I wish we had. Next time, for sure!
16th-Aug-2012 03:45 pm (UTC)
Definitely worth the trip! But try to schedule it when there is no construction!
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