Many of you know Mick and I have been staying at our house in Oregon for the past few weeks. It's been great, but we've both been feeling a bit cooped up. Today we decided to make a day trip to Crater Lake.

It's about a two hour drive through some really beautiful country. We passed over the Rogue River several times, and if you ever get a chance to take a rafting trip down it, I highly recommend it.

I knew Crater Lake was going to be spectacular, but wowza! It is amazing.


We knew it would be chillier up there then it is down here in the valley, but I wasn't prepared for how cold it actually was. My baseball cap and pigtails weren't cutting it. Mick and I went into the gift shope and bought extra clothes to keep us warm.


Our plan was to take a two-mile round trip hike to the top of Watchman overlook but it was closed. We drove back to the lodge area and chose a slightly longer hike to the top of a peak. Two months off of from running has taken its toll–a mile hike with a 1000 ft. rise was really tiring, but worth it.


 Mick took a few more pictures and posted them on our Picasa page. He did some gorgeous panoramas.

It was a lovely day! I'm so glad we decided to take a break.

3 Replies to “Time Out for Crater Lake”

  1. Hazel Ashworth says: July 9, 2009 at 1:47 pm

    It looks lovely, and you both look very happy.

  2. Becky Levine says: July 8, 2009 at 9:35 pm

    I’ve been to Crated Lake a couple of times, and the thing I remember most about it is that it really is THAT blue. You just can’t believe it could match the postcards, and it beats them. 🙂

  3. Nancy Hansen says: July 8, 2009 at 6:02 pm

    We have loved our visits to Crater Lake. Ask Julie if she remembers the “Smile, damn it!” incident there. The dad was so intent on taking the picture of his son in front of Crater Lake, that he totally missed that the son was not having a very good day. Hope you two will have a chance to get over to Bend, as well. The High Desert Museum south of Bend is wonderful and the Brewery in town was a favorite of Dick’s. He still looks for their brews on pub menus. The mountains around there are pretty specatcular, as well.

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