Crater Lake National Park

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Crater Lake National Park

Crater Lake National Park

The first photograph mentioned in our blog is the first scene we saw. We pulled into the park campground right after a thundershower and found a nice campsite and headed up to the lake as more storms were rolling up the western slope. I had checked to see what was open at the park and the website stated only the road on the east side was open and all of the road signs indicated the same. Much to my delight I found out the east rim road had just opened so had the whole park to explore before it got crowded. When we got to the first viewpoint we saw the storms crossing the lake. We were lucky to have such fantastic views and scenery. Life on the rim surrounding the lake is taken to extremes at times.

Crater Lake is a unique place, no rivers flow in or out and the level remains constant. Evaporation of the water is compensated by the amount of rain and snowfall yearly. Crater Lake at 1,949 feet deep is the deepest in the United States.

Below you will find descriptions of each of the photographs in the Crater Lake Collection.

First Crater View
We pulled into the campground right after a thundershower and found a suitable spot and then headed up to the lake as more storms were rolling up the eastern slope. I had checked to see what was open at the park and the website stated only the road on the east side was open and all of the road signs indicated the same. Much to my delight I found out the east rim road had just opened so we were able to explore the whole park before it got crowded. When we got to the first viewpoint we saw the storms crossing the lake.

Second Crater View
This next scene is the second we saw at Crater Lake. The west side had thunderstorms pouring over the edge of the crater and the east had beautiful skies with puffy clouds. What a contrast. We were lucky to have such fantastic views and scenery. Life on the rim surrounding the lake is taken to extremes at times.

Wizard Island Morning
There are two Islands in Crater Lake. One is Wizard Island the second is Phantom Island that is said to resemble a sailing ship. Wizard Island is bigger than it appears the perspective with the lake is deceiving it rises 767 feet above the lake surface and the top of the Witches Cauldron, the name of the crater topping the island is more than 2400 feet to the bottom of the lake. The island is about a mile across and covers about one square mile of the lake's surface. William Gladstone Steel, who felt the island resembled a wizard’s hat named the island and the crater.

Wizard Island Beauty
~Navajo Prayer
."Beauty is before me,
and beauty behind me
Above me and below me,
hovers the beautiful.
I am surrounded by it.
I am immersed in it.
In my youth, I am aware of it,
and in old age...
I shall walk quietly the beautiful trail
In beauty it is begun.
In beauty it is ended."

We hope you enjoy nature’s beauty as much as we do.


Crater Lake Morning 1&2
Getting up early and departing at 4:30 a.m. before Jackson’s normal breakfast made him a little grumpy but he decided the photograph was worth it. We had to leave early to drive up to the place we had selected for our morning adventure because the campground was seven miles from the spot. We were rewarded with a glorious sunrise and a great morning for photographs. I even treated myself and Jackson to a nice breakfast at the Crater Lake Lodge, though according to our protocol he ate his after we left the restaurant.

Phantom Ship Island
The only other lake than Wizard Island in Crater Lake is Phantom Ship at foot of Dutton Cliff. It is said to resemble a sailing ship especially in foggy conditions. The mirroring quality of the lake surface is what really intrigued me with this scene.


Last Crater View
The morning of of last day we drove on the west side of the rim back to Eugene and of course we had to take a parting view of the lake. The sun was casting a shiny net over the lake for our last view of the trip.