Crater Lake
July 19, 2012
Mikey's Moments > Crater Lake
A side trip on our Seattle vacation to see the beautiful Crater Lake.
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The amazing first view of the lake...


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The crater was formed when Mt Mazuma erupted in around 5,700 BC - the explosion would have been the largest the world has seen in the last 600,000 years!


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This is Wizards Island which was formed from lava from a later eruption - it is one of only two islands in the lake.


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We decided to walk up to the Crater Lake Lodge with Loren and Linda. They were staying a few nights at this lovely building which was built in the summer of 1915. Here is a view of the very welcoming lobby.


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After a quick tour around we said our good byes to Linda and Loren and headed back down to the visitors center. Here are Anthony, Carina and James inspecting some of the snow which still dots the rim.


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Looking across the lake we caught another fantastic view of Wizards Island.


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Here is a view of Crater Lake Lodge as Carina and Anthony caught up with us. After exploring the visitor center we started out on the 33 mile drive around the crater rim.


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Here is a view of the hill as we neared Cloudcap Overlook - the highest point on the rim drive and the highest paved road in Oregon at 7,865 feet.


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Crater Lake is an amazing place! Its depth of 1,943 feet (592 meters) makes it the deepest lake in the United States, and the seventh deepest in the world.


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Here we can see Wizards Island from the other side of the rim and the beautiful blue water. This fresh water is some of the clearest found anywhere in the world.


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This is the second island in the lake - called Phantom Island because it is difficult to spot depending on where you are and the angle of the sun.


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It is a 400,000 year old chunk of lava as tall as a 16 story building!


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Towards the end of the drive we stopped and had a short hike through the hills and wonderful wildflowers that grow here in the very short summer.


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On the way back out we stopped off at the Mazama Village visitor center and then headed back to the Red Carpet Inn at Medford.
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