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Crater Lake National Park, OR   07/16-19/08 (Day 642-645)
What Does Blue Taste Like?
 

Crater Lake
Entering Crater Lake National Park.

Some things can be right in front of you but they don’t become obvious until you get even closer. Things like Crater Lake National Park, for example. The words “crater” and “lake” are right in the name of this park and if you think about it that’s pretty dramatic in and of itself. However, when we arrive at the park’s Rim Village and look down into said lake, the full uniqueness of the place finally hits us.

Crater Lake
The deep color of Crater Lake is caused by the depth and clarity of the
water and may be the ultimate definition of blue.
 

Some things can be right in front of you but they don’t become obvious until you get even closer. Things like Crater Lake National Park, for example. The words “crater” and “lake” are right in the name of this park and if you think about it that’s pretty dramatic in and of itself. But when we arrive at the park’s Rim Village and look down into said lake, the full uniqueness of the place finally hits us.

Crater Lake
Crater Lake with Wizard Island.

First of all, it’s waaaaaay down there—inside the crater. Then there’s the color, a blue so blue that it defines the color every lake should be. It’s so blue that it seems like if you scooped up a mouthful of the water it would actually taste blue.

There aren’t many opportunities to scoop up any water from Crater Lake, however, as 99% of the park happens way up on the rim of the crater. The only way to get to the lake itself entails a one mile walk down a wide dusty path, descending 700 feet to the water’s edge. Yep. It’s just as blue from down there and so clear we can see submerged features like huge rocks dozens of feet down.

You can go scuba diving in the lake, which is the seventh deepest in the world, but at just 50 to 60 degrees even in summer we decide to be satisfied with our shore and rim views.

Crater Lake Mount Scott
Crater Lake from Mount Scott.

Crater Lake is the nation’s sixth national park and we make the most of our three days in it with as many hikes as we can cram in. Even in July snow still has some of the trails closed and the Rim Drive itself only opened a few days before we arrive, but we are able to hike to the top of 9,000 foot Mount Scott where we should be rewarded with awesome views all around.

Sadly, the state of California is blanketed in smoke from hundreds of still-raging wildfires and the smoke is so dense we don’t take a single picture. The next morning, however, we peek out of our Airstream with fingers crossed and the sky does actually look slightly clearer so we quickly hoof back up Mount Scott a second time and get some shots.

Crater Lake Phantom Ship
Phantom Ship, a rock outcropping in Crater Lake.

We know it’s sacrilege to many, but because ours is a working road trip we pretty much always need internet access and we really do wish the park system would just install routers in campgrounds across the board (hey, if you’re on a non-working road trip just don’t log on).

After searching nearly every nook and cranny of Crater Lake National Park, we finally find a turnout along the Rim Drive where we get a Verizon signal and a couple of times each day we park there and call it our office for an hour or so before returning to the trails or heading back to the Airstream to relax. It sure beats any corner office we’ve ever had.


After some diligent searching we find the one place on the Rim Drive where we get a Verizon signal to lets us check emails and do some work – pretty sweet office!

 

 

Airstream

** This isn't a normal photo gallery with a slideshow because this post originally appeared on our Airstream blog. **

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