A visit to Crater Lake was in order
29.09.2016 - 08.10.2016 65 °F
Zoey spent the night with us and we both got up at dawn. I’d wanted to shoot photos. We went up to the top of the dunes where the sunlight was shining on the native grass. The morning dew on grass was glistening.
We all had to check out of the park but Dale and I were not inspired about where to head next. We needed to get to Fort Bidwell but wanted to make a fun stop along the way.
We pulled out a map and sat down at the picnic table with some coffee. We like real maps for an overview, sometimes we see places that we’d miss on Google. Sure enough, we saw Crater Lake.
We haven’t been to Crater Lake since we took Dale’s parents, many years ago. We’d stopped there on our way home from a family reunion in Oregon. We’ve passed the turnoff many times between kids visits and this was a perfect opportunity.
We got to Crater Lake after 9pm. The road in from the north was actually a little scary, with drop-offs on both sides. There was lots of road work going on the 2 lane road and then other parts were not marked clearly. We had visions of falling off into the caldera.
There is a campground for RV’s inside the park, with nearly every site a pull thru. This made it easy for us in the completely dark park. There was no moon.
We decided to go to the Crater Lake Lodge for breakfast and then have a bit of a look around. The Lodge is from the early 1900’s and overlooks the crater. We reminded Christabel of Alaska and The Princess Lodge, 6 years ago, when we told her to act rich. She then scolded me for looking at the ceiling, I wasn’t acting rich! I think she looked around at this lodge but did act rich.
The Crater is so very beautiful. I was afraid that the light would not be good because it was late morning and there were clouds forming. But, the clouds only added to the beauty. Fortunately, I had my tripod as the winds were kicking up. The wind was blowing the lake water, making interesting patterns in the lake.
Now we want to go back and do some hikes. Maybe sooner than later.