Crater Lake wasn't a National Park that I've ever heard very much about. Places like Arches, Yosemite and Rocky Mountain always get all the hype so I was very pleasantly surprised by Crater Lake. Crater Lake is a volcanic caldera that has been filled in over many, many years with rain and snow melt. Crater Lake was formed when Mt. Mazama collapsed in on itself after a huge eruption over 7,000 years ago.
Has anyone noticed that Harris has made it his mission to climb on top of every sign? This was the best he could do on this particular sign!
This water is the most beautiful water I have ever seen, it looks like it has been dyed! We were told that it is the clearest and cleanest lake in the world. It's also one of the deepest at over 1,900 feet at it's deepest point. This is what makes the water such an incredible shade of blue. The color is just absolutely incredible! None of these pictures have been enhanced or edited for color!
There was an active fire in the park while we were there so the West Rim Road around part of the lake was closed. We did get to drive around the East Rim Road but our favorite part was getting on the lake in a Ranger-guided tour. There is only one trail that takes you down to the lake and it's here where you can go on a boat tour or go swimming in the freezing cold water! Our Ranger was great and we really enjoyed the tour.
And Old Man Stump. Apparently, this log just floats around the lake, always vertical!
The children also went swimming in the lake. The temperature at the surface was 60 degrees and they could only stay in for minutes at a time it was so cold. However, Bryce, Grace and Harris (I didn't have my suit) all jumped off a cliff into the water, it was so fun!
That evening, we went to the historic lodge and had drinks and appetizers on the porch overlooking the lake.
Next stop... Rocky Mountain National Park