When a Picture Isn't Worth 1000 Words
Skye and I took tons of pictures, from all sorts of angles, at many different view points. With our Iphones as well as her nifty Canon DSLR, but nothing can catch the magic and splendor and beauty of Crater Lake.
We have some awesome and amazing photos, don't get me wrong, but they don't compare to the real thing.
I feel so fortunate to be able to see and experience such places in person and even more so to share them with Skye and Cindy.
Most people who are camping in National Parks are on vacation.
We were not on vacation. We were experimenting with things. We were playing around with our Goal Zero Solar Generator. We were cooking on our 3-burner propane grill which is what caterers use to cook for a lot more people than 2.
I was running in the gators that I would put on to finish the Burning Man 50K.
We were having fun.
I was taking advantage of "teachable moments" without Skye being aware of it.
And without knowing it, she was constantly "teaching" me.
“the only people for me are the mad ones, the ones who are mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved, desirous of everything at the same time, the ones who never yawn or say a commonplace thing, but burn, burn, burn like fabulous yellow roman candles exploding like spiders across the stars.” Jack Kerouac
It's been an interesting journey full of self-discovery and much more.
If only I could figure out how to get the photos properly aligned in the slideshow.
I will figure it out, I promise you. But for now....
There is only one trail that leads to the water.
It's a pretty easy hike down, steep with a bunch of switch-backs.
But what goes up, must come down and the opposite applies.
I hadn't planned on going in the water. But it was so beautiful.
Not the coldest water I've ever been in but definitely brisk.
"On the basis of maximum depth, Crater Lake is the deepest lake in the United States, the second deepest in North America (after Great Slave Lake in Canada), and the ninth deepest lake in the world (Lake Baikal is the deepest).
And In the Water
Winter view of the clear, deep and thus intensely blue water of Crater Lake Due to several unique factors, mainly that the lake has no inlets or tributaries, the waters of Crater Lake are some of the purest because of the absence of pollutants. Clarity readings from a Secchi disk have consistently been in the high-20 meter to mid-30 meter (80 to 115-foot) range, which is very clear for any natural body of water.
In 1997, scientists recorded a record clarity of 43.3 m (142 ft).
On Top of the World
The day after making the trek to the lake, we decided to climb to the highest point in the park. Unfortunately due to nearby wildfires, visibility sucked.
It was a nice long hike that definitely gave us a good workout.
Time: 3 hours Length: 2.5 miles one way Elevation: 7,450 to 8,929 feet Difficulty: Strenuous Trailhead: 14 miles east of Park Headquarters on East Rim Drive Features: Highest point in the park with views of a historic fire lookout and Crater Lake
We decided to take it easy on our last night.
We had an incredible meal up at the Crater Lake Lodge.
Along with the very delicious and local meal we were able to make some phone calls and connect to the internet.
Its amazing how reliant we have become on connectivity. With Burning Man just around the corner, there were still a lot of details I had to work out, especially in regards to my various duties with the camp I'd be staying in, as well as the 50K I was going to attempt and all sorts of other ins and outs.
But even at the parks best spots, the internet was sketchy at best.