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Thursday, April 3, 2014

"C" is for Crater Lake National Park

Crater Lake National Park with its deep blue waters is located in the state of Oregon. According to Wikipedia, it was established in 1902 making it the fifth oldest National Park in the system. This amazing lake is almost 2,000 feet deep. Besides the lake, the park encompasses a destroyed volcano and surrounding hills and forests.

With a violent volcanic past, the area must be filled with drama and history. It's said to be a place to watch the rise and the setting of the sun through pristine clean air. Sometimes the waters glow with lovely shades of purple, orange, and pink.

The 33-mile Rim Drive around Crater Lake is part of the park visit not to be missed. Trail hikes abound from easy to hard. Rangers at the Park make talks and lead guided walks. In the southeast corner, volcanic pinnacles grace the scenery.

First opened in 1915, Crater Lake Lodge features history exhibits and much more. We plan to visit the lodge during the summer and hope the snow has melted from the windows.

Because of the heavy snowfall, the north entrance road and Rim Drive are closed most of the year. Those roads usually open in June or early July.

Crater Lake National Park will be our next National Park destination. I can hardly wait to arrive there, camera in hand, to photograph the landscapes and the pure blue water of the lake.


Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Monti .. that looks like it will be a glorious holiday - I love the sound of being able to drive all around, then go for a walk and listen to talks .. it does look beautiful ..

Cheers Hilary

Julie Flanders said...

I know I will enjoy seeing any photographs you share from your trip! I've never been to Oregon but it seems like such a gorgeous state.

Mary Montague Sikes said...

Hilary, we are really looking forward to this family trip!

Julie, we've never been to Oregon either. I've heard good things from other artists.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

That would be really cool to see in person. I bet the picture doesn't convey its real size.

Melanie Schulz said...

Look at those shades of blue!

Vidya Sury said...

What a lovely place! One of the great things about the A to Z challenge is seeing new places! :)


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Mary Montague Sikes said...

Alex, I bet you are right. When we went to Lake Tahoe, I could understand why early settlers thought they had reached the Pacific Ocean.

Melanie, thanks for the visit.

Vidya, A to Z certainly introduces us to new places and things. A very good thing.