On the mantle back in our “sticks and bricks” house was an amazing painting of Crater Lake (created by Christie’s talented Nana), so we’ve been talking about coming here for years. Although it was a bit early in the season (still 10 feet of snow around!), we couldn’t pass it by.
“With a depth of 1,943 feet, Crater Lake is the deepest lake in the United States – and one of the most beautiful. The water’s infamously intense blue color is an indication of its great depth and purity. Surrounded by cliffs, the lake is fed entirely by rain and snow and scientists consider it to be the cleanest and clearest large body of water in the world.” It was by far more stunning in person than we could have imagined.
With only the plowed road up to the lake, a small cafe and visitors center open, we saw all there was to see in one easy day trip. We played in the snow, sipped hot chocolate, worked on earning Jr. Ranger badges and talked about just how amazing Nana’s painting was for inspiring this part of the trip.
Enough snow had melted that we were able to stay at a snowmobile park, which made a for a great boondocking spot close to the park entrance. As our first stop in Oregon, it was the introduction to this beautiful state.
Next stop: Newport, OR!