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Snow Day at Crater Lake

September 30, 2013

For the first time in far too many years, I had the chance to visit the magnificent Crater Lake, a national park in Oregon, with a friend. Thankfully, I managed to visit just before the idiotic U.S. government shutdown, which commenced even as I was writing this.

Unfortunately, my first visit in decades also coincide with the first real winter storm(s) of the season. As such, we weren’t even sure that we would make it in through the north entrance of the park, which had already been shut down once by snow. We managed to make it through, but were met with 46-degree weather and 40-mph winds on the rim.

While the cloudy skies didn’t provide us with the chance to glimpse the deep, deep blue hue Crater Lake is generally known for, we still managed to catch awe-inspiring views of nature’s power and beauty.

Crater 2

For the uninitiated, Crater Lake was formed around 7,700 years, when the volcano known as Mt. Mazama experienced a violent eruption and collapsed in on itself, forming a caldera. The caldera eventually filled with rain water and snow run off. The lake is not only the deepest in the United States at 1,943 feet, but one of the purest bodies of water in the world.

During the trip, we also managed to see a lot of snow. At more than 6,000 feet above sea level, it was to be expected. What we didn’t expect was that it would start snowing early the next morning as we would be unable to return to spend a second day at the lake.

Crater 1

Crater 6

Snow near the lake. Clear ground far below.

Crater 5

Crater 7

Snow on the rim.

Regardless, it was a good trip to a geological wonder.

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