Crater Lake National Park

8/31/15 (Monday) in Bend, OR (Bend/Sunriver RV Campground-TT)

This is Oregon’s only National Park!

On our way by 7:30, arrived at the toll station ($15/car/day or Senior Pass) by 9. This was even with a stop for gas and a restroom break. We were SO fortunate that not only was the North Entrance open, but the day was perfect; nice temperatures (hi 73) and blue skies.

We learned that Mount Mazama (volcano) built up over 400,000 years, to have its magma push up in a circular pattern, so that the volcanoes inside that circle just fell inside the cavern that the magma had occupied. This happened about 7,700 years ago, taking only several hours. After several years, a lake started to form in that basin, formed from rain and especially snow falling into it. No streams/rivers have ever flowed into or out of this basin. Because of this it is one of the clearest, purest (along with deepest) lakes in the world-no pollution. Wizard Island is a volcano that started forming about the same time. That’s the most amazing part; that deep blue. It’s like you can’t see enough of it.

Along Hwy 138, accessing the North Entrance, you can see the effects of the National Creek Complex fire, still being fought.

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We took the Rim Drive, so here are highlights. That blue is hard to miss!

Watchman Overlook

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Repair work on the Rim Trail

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Discovery Point: The trolley (for $24/senior) gives you a tour.  Notice the boat in the lake? You can get tickets to ride it, if they’re not sold out. You need to hike down a very steep “Cleetwood Cove Trail” to get to the boat and obviously hike back up at the end of your tour.

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Crater Lake Lodge

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Lady of the Woods- a doctor volunteered to carve this stone in 1917 (the park was formed in 1902). It’s along a beautiful trail goes in the deep woods, follows a delightful creek, alongside many of the park headquarter buildings.

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Sun Notch (Phantom Ship View Point) and Phantom Ship Overlook

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Pumice Castle Overlook (the dark spot in the first photo is a large bird)

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We got stuck in construction a couple times, but made a quick trip home. In time to relax a bit, phone visit with Joe (son) and enjoy supper.


About Patricia Elser

I've always loved the loose, flowing, transparent look of watercolors, of Chinese paintings and their calligraphy, but alas, no watercolor classes were available when I was in school, so that interest remained buried until my children were grown. Even then, I was afraid that I couldn't really paint, so upon my sister's advice, I actually started to take classes. I signed up for every class available, determined to learn no matter how afraid I was. I came upon a teacher, Stan Miller, who inspired me, who opened the door to success in watercolor. I love to look at beautiful images. I want to capture them forever. All my life, photography was how I gathered images of the beauty I saw. Thanks to all that photography, I enjoy composing pictures, especially up close. Watercolors allow me to add more of me in their translation of that beauty. My paintings reflect my love for music and dance, with their rhythm and flow. I am fascinated by the play of light, so it appears in my pictures as drama for they are filled with darks and lights. Maybe it's the challenge, maybe it's the beauty, but now, when a work comes together, it fills my soul.
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