Crater Lake National Park. Or, How Many Pictures Can You Take of the Same Lake?
Answer: A lot. Especially when it’s this beautiful.
After spending a few days on the gorgeous Oregon coast, I somewhat reluctantly drove inland towards Crater Lake National Park. Crater Lake is a 2,000 foot deep body of water that fills the caldera, formed by the eruption of Mount Mazama approximately 7,700 years ago. Later eruptions of the volcano created Wizard Island. Though the park is famous for the deep blue color of the water, the remanents of the rim are equally beautiful, providing the ideal frame for such a masterpiece.
With water that colorful, I had to go in, even though the water is a brisk 57 degrees. Totally worth it though:
The park has a few extra surprises, including fumaroles:
These fumaroles were areas where underground heat was vented, which caused the pumice to compact and cement. Lighter volcanic ash and pumice from the later eruption of Mount Mazama was deposited around them but was eroded, leaving these tall, thin structures. Just behind the rim lies fields of flowers in the chunks of pumice, which were lovely in the late afternoon sunlight.
I’m off hiking for the next few days in some state parks and national monument areas where I will be most likely out of touch, but this post and the next are scheduled to post in my absence.