Saturday, October 3, 2009

Crater Lake, Oregon

020 Crater Lake along the north rim.021
Wizard Island, a cinder cone, in the lake.

(Jan) For many years we have wanted to visit Crater Lake. 013 What a magnificent place! Crater Lake, at 1943 feet deep, is the deepest lake in the US. It is fed by rain and snow and is considered to be the cleanest large body of water in the world. It has no rivers or springs flowing into it or out of it. The lake rests inside a caldera formed approximately 7700 years ago when a 12,000 foot tall volcano collapsed following a major eruption. The 183,000 acre lake is 4.5 to 6 miles wide and is an amazing deep blue in color. Umpqua River

From Sutherlin we followed the Umpqua River for much of our drive up the mountain. It was a lovely fall day to enjoy the changing foliage in the bright sunshine. But as we gained altitude the temperature dropped until our thermometer registered 26 degrees and it started to snow! At the crest of the rim it had stopped snowing although the wind was pretty brisk. The views from the Rim Drive are spectacular! We made many stops at overlooks and then went to the Steel Visitors Center.

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031 028Our drive down the mountain was another special treat. We followed the Rogue River down for part of the way and got to visit the very impressive Rogue Narrows. The waterfalls and river churning through the deep, narrow chasm were fascinating. It warmed up as we descended but the day remained cloudy, except for this beam of sunshine that spotlighted this beautiful young tree!

2 comments:

Laurie, Odel, and Luna said...

Jan, your photos were a great complement to your text. Fabulous layout, too. You're lookin' like a Windows Live Writer pro!

We're planning to head to Crater Lake on Friday. Your post whetted my appetite.

Chuck and Jan Moore said...

Thanks so much, Laurie! I had an awesome teacher. We're headed over to Gold Country east of Sacramento and are in the process of reading several of your RV reviews from that area. We really appreciate the info you're sharing. Hope you are enjoying Crater Lake!

 
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