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    • Day106

      Abstecher zum Crater Lake NP

      May 24 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 12 °C

      Eine vor 7.700 Jahren massive Vulkaneruption formte oder hinterliess ein grosses Bassin (Caldera). Dieser tiefblaue See wird gespeist vom Schnee und Regen.
      Fakten: tiefster See der USA mit 647 Metern.
      Abend bei angenehmen Temperaturen wieder mal draussen essen können.
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      Traveler

      Wow was für ein Bild :-)

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    • Day54

      Crater Lake National Park

      June 1 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 11 °C

      Sur notre route pour le prochain parc, le Crater Lake National Park, on sort finalement du grand état de la Californie après deux semaines de périple. On le quitte pour l'état de l'Oregon bien plus petit mais plein de grandes étendues vertes et planes qui contrastent avec de majestueux pics enneigés. On roule dans les montagnes jusqu'au pied du Crater Lake et de l'entrée du parc. Même si la route est déneigée il y a d'importantes couches de neige sur les côtés qui nous font douter de la praticabilité des sentiers du parc. Arrivés en haut, pas de visitor center ouvert mais des panneaux d'informations qui indiquent qu'une grosse partie de la route est fermée. On ne peut donc pas faire le tour du lac mais on peut tout de même l'admirer depuis un petit parking au début de la route. On peut aussi voir la Wizard Island, une petite île qui s'est formée au centre du lac, lui-même au creux du cratère d'un ancien volcan. L'endroit est unique. Si les voitures sont bloquées, marcher à pied est toujours possible et c'est donc ce que l'on fait le long de la route. Julien continue plus longtemps en courant et couvre une portion du tour du lac plus importante. Même si l'idée lui passe par la tête, il ne s'aventure pas à en faire le tour complet qui fait plus de 50 kilomètres. De l'autre côté, on a une vue sur toute la vallée boisée et enneigée. En revenant au parking, on prend l'apéro avec des petits oiseaux gloutons et on mange face au lac.Read more

      Traveler

      De retour dans la neige… Votre organisme tient le coup avec ces changements permanents de saison ?!

      6/4/22Reply
      Traveler

      c'est surtout avec ce qu'on lui donne à manger qu'il est un peu perdu des fois 🤪

      6/6/22Reply
      Traveler

      😂🤣

      6/4/22Reply
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    • Day150

      Paulina Lake und Crater Lake NP

      September 10 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 24 °C

      In Bend waren wir dann morgens bei Starbucks (Wifi), um unsere nächsten Wochen weiter zu planen. Da ich für ein paar Tage nach Hause fliege, müssen wir ein bisschen was organisieren.
      Danach ging es dann zum Paulina Lake. Auf dem Weg sind wir durch Vulkangebiet gefahren, oft konnte man Lavafelder am Straßenrand sehen. Der See war sehr schön und wir haben dort ein Bad genommen und Porridge zum Frühstück gegessen.
      Danach ging es weiter zum Crater Lake. Vor 7700 Jahren ist dort ein Vulkan ausgebrochen. Im Krater haben sich Schnee und Regenwasser gesammelt. Heute ist der Crater Lake der sauberste See der USA und bietet einen wunderschönen Anblick. Nur durch die Waldbrände war es etwas riesig.
      Anschließend ging es weiter zu den Toketee Falls. Die Wasserfälle an sich konnte man nur von einer Aussichtsplattform sehen, dafür sind wir dann zu dem Fluss hinuntergeklettert, der total klar war.
      Am Abend sind wir dann Richtung Westen gefahren. Dabei sind wir durch trockenes hügeliges Gelände gefahren, was auch total schön war. Im Stockdunkeln sind wir dann im 20 Uhr in Coos Bay angekommen, wo wir übernachten werden.
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      Traveler

      Verwunschene zauberhafte Welt😍

      9/12/22Reply
      Traveler

      Der Crater Lake NP ist ein unvergessliches Erlebnis. Wie überhaupt fast alle Nationalparks in den USA.👍

      9/12/22Reply
       
    • Day8

      A breathtaking view!

      August 11, 2019 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 12 °C

      Von einem Kollegen als überraschendes Highlight seiner Reise vor 2 Jahren empfohlen, war das heutige Hauptziel der Crater Lake National Park. Der einzige National Park Oregons.

      War schon die Reise dorthin wirklich wunderschön (Blogeintrag: Oregon to California) so war der Anblick der sich uns bot, als wir das erste Mal vom einstigen Kraterrand (rim) hinunter auf den blauen See blickten einfach atemberaubend schön!

      Der See im Krater entstand nach dem Vulkanausbruch des Mount Zazama vor circa 7000 Jahren! Der See füllt sich nur durch Schmelzwasser und hat eine Tiefe von knapp 600 Metern. Er ist somit der tiefste See Amerikas.

      Mittlerweile haben wir gelernt, dass man in die Parks am besten sein eigenes Essen mitbringt und das improvisierte Picknick war bei diesem Ausblick ein wahrer Genuss!

      https://www.visit-usa.at/oregon-crater-lake-nat…
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      Traveler

      Wow was für ein Blau, schön!

      8/12/19Reply
       
    • Day20

      when meeting some snow by mistake...

      November 20, 2019 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 1 °C

      20th november 2019

      When hooking up ‚Santos‘ this morning we had no idea what awaits us later this day.... 🤦‍♀️

      A mug full of wake-up-coffe and a dog full of energy is a good start in the day.
      The Iphone knowingly stowed in the shirt pocket, we went for one last time into the nature reserve directly behind our trailer.
      Heidi loved it to be free here, chasing some rabbits and snooping around.

      Back on our parking lot the Airstream was routinely made ready for travel and a short time later we drove on highway #97 towards our next destination: ‚Crater Lake‘.

      It‘s a smooth ride southwards on #97 till you cross the junction with #138
      which then becomes a nice scenic route leading through the Crater Lake National Park.

      We reserved our overnight stay wisely a couple of days before cause ‚Crater Lake RV Park‘ is a very small, family operated park.
      When entering the maingate it quickly turned out that the reservation was completely unnecessary.
      We were the only guests, totally out of season.

      The park is one of the most beautiful spots we stayed in the past!
      Only 6 full hook up spots, all facing to a little crystal clear river where you see beavers building dams.
      You can grab a canoe to explore the area or make a walk on spiry pathes.
      The wooden hut which hosts the check in and a little country mart as well
      offers a small choice of food and of course chilly beer.

      So we stocked up our beer inventory locked the Airstream and drove up the curvy mountain road to explore the

      UNBELIEVABLE CRATER LAKE

      While climbing up more and more feet the roadside „chains needed“-signs became more and more frequent.
      Hmm,🤔 we never prepared the Chevy for any icy conditions...!
      Anyway, let‘s continue - the lake waits.
      Well, the last 8 miles on the winding road where actually covered with a thin layer of white but that wasn‘t an issue for the van.
      We are running Baja tires on both axles which means the truck can handle nearly everything!

      Then, passing one of the last curves, we entered a speechlessly a kind of fairytale world!

      A couple on hundred feed down the stunning lake lay nestled in companionship of the white winter-wonderland mountains.
      It was really glowing!
      Think we never saw such a blueish color before in our lifes.
      Unbelievable! Incredible! Awesome! [...]

      Heidi, grown up in sunny Yucatan, enjoyed the deep and fluffy snow as her biggest playground ever. So much fun.
      We had a great‘n cold day exploring the area around the Rim Village Visitors Center.

      Back at our homebase we switched our little heater in the Airstream to maximum and dreamed of some authentic german ‚Glühwein‘....
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      Traveler

      🥶👍

      5/20/20Reply
      Traveler

      👋👋

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      Traveler

      🙋‍♂️🙋‍♀️🐶

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    • Day8

      Am Rande des Vulkans (vorsicht Romantik)

      March 22 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 6 °C

      Ich hatte es bereits angedeutet, die amerikanischen Klimaanlagen treiben mich in den Wahnsinn. Wie kann es sein, dass ein Land, das Menschen auf den Mond schiesst und zuckerfreie Cherry Coke mit Vanille-Geschmack erfunden hat, nicht in der Lage ist eine halbwegs ruhig und leise laufende Klimaanlage oder noch besser eine Fußbodenheizung zu entwickeln. Stattdessen in jedem Zimmer Betten in der Größe, dass die Kelly-Familie in der alten Stammbesetzung komfortabel dort hätte nächtigen können…. Egal, ich brauche mal wieder etwas mehr Schlaf! Hatte ich erwähnt, dass in Kalifornien Cannabis legal ist….. ;-)

      Heute stand recht viel Strecke auf unserem Reiseplan, insofern recht früh raus und in unserem Stammrestaurant * eine ordentliche Mahlzeit die für den Tag reichen sollte. Dies galt insbesondere für meinen Chili-Cheese Omelette mit Hash Brown und Sour Dough Toast. Mühe nicht eine Stunde nach dem Aufstehen nahtlos ins Verdauungs-Koma zu fallen.

      Noch ein kurzer Blick über die Brücke am Rogue River hinunter und dann auf in Richtung Crater Lake, einem der 10 tiefsten Seen der Welt der auch wegen seiner mythischen tiefblauen Färbung berühmt ist. Die Fahrt zog sich durch ausgedehnte Fichtenwälder durch den Schnee auf 1.882 Meter in den Crater Lake Nationalpark. Was große Anpreisungen anbetrifft bin ich in der Regel zurückhaltend, meist sie sind derart übertrieben, dass das echte Erleben enttäuschend ist. Zumindest aber wird man durch zu viele Bilder und Erzählungen oft des Überraschungsmoments beraubt. Gut, mit dieser Schilderung bin ich keinen Deut besser und lasse mich gerne als Prediger von Wasser und Wein kritisieren, aber der Crater Lake, ja der Crater Lake, der ist schon eine Reise wert. Zumindest wenn man wie wir das Glück hat an einem bei Sonnenschein im Schnee dort zu sein, wenn der blaue Himmel mit dem in der Tat magischen Blau des Sees in Wettstreit tritt. Ohne romantisch zu werden, sich die Spiegelung des Ufers im See anzusehen hatte etwas aussergewöhnlich Beruhigendes. Wie muss es nur sein, wenn man diese Erfahrung ohne ein sechsjähriges Energiebündel erleben darf, der es sich zum Ziel gemacht hat grundsätzlich alle Menschen im Umkreis von dreihundert Metern in regelmäßigen Abständen von seiner Existenz und der seiner Eltern (Mammaaaaaa, look…..) in Kenntnis zu setzen. Trotz oder wegen allem ein toller Mittag am Rande des Vulkans inklusive Schneeballschlachten, klitschnasser Füße und einem Jung-Ranger-Wettbewerb.

      Gegen 14 Uhr brachen wir dann in Richtung Portland auf. Portland ist zwar nicht die Hauptstadt (Salem) aber doch die größte Stadt im Bundesstaat Oregon und schon beim kurzen Spaziergang nach dem Einchecken im The Hotel Zagz war der entspannte Flair zu spüren. Wobei auch erwähnt sein soll, dass Obdachlosigkeit nicht erst hier spürbar war, die Zahl der Zelte auf dem kurzen Stück zu unserem Restaurant aber den Umfang dieses sozialen Problems sehr deutlich machte.

      Ein krasser Sprung, denn zum Abendessen hatte Miss I sich mit dem Southpark Seafood Restaurant nach vier bodenständigen Mahlzeiten etwas feineres ausgesucht. So starteten wir mit Austern (serviert mit Annanas-Essig und Meerrettich-Raspeln) und einem Tasting-Menu. Nachdem ich zwischenzeitlich auch gemerkt hatte, dass ich mich mit meinen vorangegangenen kritischen Äußerungen zum Wein aus Oregon eher selbst zum Gespött ob schierer Ahnungslosigkeit gemacht hatte, taten wir mit einer Flasche Pinot Noir aus dem Willamette Valley gerne Buße.
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    • Day44

      Crater Lake, OR

      May 23 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 11 °C

      Crater Lake est une énorme lac (quasi 10km de diamètre) dans le reste d’un cratère de volcan: Mount Mazama. Il est remplie d’une eau si pure qu’on peut voir a 41m de profondeur ! A cette saison il y a assez régulièrement 3 à 5m de neige.

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      Crater Lake is a massive lake (nearly 10km in diameter) in the remaining of a volcano crater: Mount Mazama. Its water is one of the most pure possible, one can see up to 41m deep.
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    • Day14

      Crater Lake

      July 2, 2017 in the United States ⋅ 🌙 13 °C

      Zwischenzeitlich hatten wir schon gedacht, dass die heutige Autostrecke einfach zu lang war, aber Elliott hielt echt gut durch. Dann haben wir endlich den Crater Lake erreicht und es war atemberaubend.
      Und eine Schneeballschlacht durfte natürlich wieder nicht fehlen.
      Die einzige Enttäuschung, die wir verkraften mussten, war, dass wir nach der Hälfte den Rim Drive, der normalerweise um den kompletten See führt, nicht weiterfahren konnten, weil der gesperrt war, obwohl er im Sommer geöffnet sein sollte.
      Das war echt gemein, vor allen Dingen, weil sie das bei der Einfahrt in den Park natürlich nicht erwähnt haben.
      Dann wären wir auch noch in den Megastau geraten, wären wir umgedreht. Stattdessen nahmen wir dann die südliche Ausfahrt des Parks, nen östlichen gibt es leider nicht und mussten dadurch einen riesigen Umweg fahren. Da unsere Strecken gerade eh ein bisschen lang waren, war das echt ungünstig. Das Schlechte war auch noch, dass Elliott sich auf einmal nicht gut fühlte und er sogar ne Schüssel von mir wollte. Das hatten wir, glaube ich, noch nie. Das Gute aber war, dass er dann für bestimmt 2,5 Stunden eingeschlafen ist. Dann ging es ihm wieder gut, wir haben noch ein paar Kilometer geschafft und haben auch beim ersten Campingplatz, den wir wollten, ein Plätzchen ergattern können.
      Campground:
      Big Pines RV Park
      135151 HWY 97 N
      Crescent, OR. 97733

      Echt alles gut, nur die Mücken haben uns beim Abendessen geärgert.
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      Nadine Tuscher

      Hammer,dieser Ausblick.Insgesamt super mega schöne Landschaften🌳🌿🌲🏜

      7/5/17Reply
       
    • Day25

      USA 3

      September 18, 2018 in the United States ⋅ 🌙 4 °C

      Day 12 Wednesday 5th September 2018 Coos Bay - Crater Lake (drive - 4.5 hrs)

      Woke up pretty tired (understandably) and knew we had a drive ahead of us. Packed up and got on our way, but stopped at a starbucks for a coffee (for me) and hot chocolate (for Lily) as we were both running low on energy.

      Got on our way and spent most of the day driving (was four and a half hours to Crater Lake). We were a bit delirious because of how tired we were and we ended up having a bit of a karaoke day in the car (I had downloaded a new playlist on spotify called “roadtrip sing along” and it delivered a lot of wonderful songs we could be idiots about). We stopped and did a quick hike at a place called Watson Falls to try and keep ourselves awake and motivated (and to break up the driving) before back on the road to crater Lake.

      There was nobody at the gates when we arrived at the national park so drove straight through. Was some spectacular views as we drove along (we drove up and around the top part of the crater before coming down near our campgrounds). We didn’t stop, but there wasn’t a lot of need to as we got good views as we drove. A few times I had to just not look out the window though as they aren’t too fond of their roads having shoulders and I assume they can’t have barriers up due to the snow they get (Is that a thing? either way there aren’t any barriers along the roads). A lot of sheer drops directly beside me. Lily was frequently too afraid to look because she was worried if the car swerved even slightly that it would be all over for us.

      Arrived at our campsite and set up. Was very desperate for a shower at this point so we deliberately picked out campsite to be within walking distance of the only “comfort station” in the entire area that had showers. I suspect if we’d been staying in in hotels up until this point we would have been disappointed with the showers, but after the cold/no showers from the night before they were heaven.

      Warnings for bears everywhere and campsite had a bear box provided so I got my first crash course in how to camp where there are chances of bears. Was actually hard to get my head out of Australia-mode because at my apartment DMR never answered anyones complaints about the red back infestation so it has become a habit of mine not to stick my hand anywhere I can’t 100% see what might be there (I always check places I can see too, like car door handles and the bins before I touch them, always check shoes before putting them on etc etc) so had a bit of a phobia of opening the bear box because you need to stick your hand up inside a metal sleeve/slot and pull down on the lever inside the slot. Anyway I hated it every time I did it even knowing that we didn’t have to worry about spiders here.

      Had dinner, and then lit a fire and had another lovely night under the stars. A fair few shootings stars too, although we took awhile to realise we were likely under a very popular flight path (so many planes went over that had us wondering what they were). Lily made the comment “it’s not as cold as I thought it would be” which was the curse that this trip clearly needed.

      Day 13 Thursday 6th September Crater Lake
      Absolutely froze all night. I ended up wearing socks (I hate wearing socks to bed and don't even like wearing them around the house but this was a must), two pairs of pants, a shirt and a jumper to bed, as well as sleeping bag, sheet, and blanket doubled up. I actually was okay if I didn’t move (and kept the warmth cocooned) and kept my head ducked down inside the sleeping bag, but my muscles get very achy on the air mattress if I don’t change position often enough so was pretty hard to do. It wasn’t the best night sleep but also wasn’t the worst. I actually think I faired better than Lily did in the car because she had confidently cracked the window to get some fresh air, whereas I had a tent, and a cover that had a non-negotiable inability to crack anything. She said the first time she woke up from the cold she felt like she might as well have been wearing nothing. She put on a few more layers but damage had been done by the open window so not a very good night for her.

      Had a bit of a surprise/confusion when getting out of the tent in the morning. Was covering in white stuff. For a quick second - thanks to the cold - I genuinely had the thought “has it snowed?” before noticing that it was very ‘misty’ and could smell fire a bit stronger than just the remains from the campfire. Whole tent was covered in ash and so was the car, but no one else seemed alarmed so just set about having breakfast as usual.

      Set off to the information centre/visitor centre to get some ideas about what to do today and initially had the windows down to try and get the smoke smell out of the car. Quickly discovered that it was less smokey at the campsite than everywhere else (possibly thanks to the trees) and had to put windows up pretty quickly. Visibility was low and could smell smoke even with the aircon on.

      Checked out what was going on at the information centre and was told basically not to worry about fires as there weren’t any in the immediate area, it was caused by fires from around the larger area, some were lightning fires, some were expected campfires and there was only one big fire which was burning in southwest of us near Medford (Australia has sent firies over for that fire so it was a big one). Lots of warnings to be very careful about the smoke and smoke inhalation. Apparently the way to ‘test’ if it was safe enough was if you could see ‘clearly’ for 5 miles you were right to do whatever and monitor your own body, if you could see for 3 miles keep kids and pets inside but adults were probably fine doing nothing strenuous again just monitor, and it you could see for only 1 mile or less stay inside no matter what. Which was great for us because we 1) had no idea what 1 mile or 3 or 5 miles even looked like and 2) we had no inside to stay at. Debated whether or not it was safe to stay at Crater Lake but they were predicting it would start to clear up by midday and thanks to the colder weather it wasn’t unbearable. We opted to do some gentle hikes and see if it cleared up.

      First hike we did was about a 20 minute one and it was okay. Did a few others that were 20-40 minutes long as well. It was definitely harder to breathe with the smoke but it felt worse doing nothing because you just focused on it. Lily hated it because her favourite part about hiking is the views or wildlife/being able to see things. We couldn’t see anything on the hikes and not a lot of wildlife around. Not to mention she got out of breath on the hikes which she was horrified by. By midday though it was definitely starting to clear, and where we sat for lunch had a lot of chipmunks around. They’re very cute although I’m sure they’re a pest to someone.

      After lunch we did a hike to some falls which was a bit longer (just over an hour) and by the time we reached the falls the smoke was definitely clear enough to not impact on anything. Was a very gentle hike (almost all flat) so Lily was keen to do something a bit more challenging at this point. We hiked back to the car and drove to another spot at the top of the crater. Did a hike called ‘Watchman’s Overlook’ and it was pretty challenging (for me, not for Lily) — hiking to the very top of the crater. It was only about an hour but was well worth it, although it was still too smokey to see the other side of the crater clearly, we were very confident it cleared the 5 miles test.

      We debated staying to watch the sunset but there was a presentation/talk we wanted to go and watch that night at 8pm, and as sunset was about 7:45pm we thought it would be cutting it too close. Went back to camp instead and had a shower and cooked and ate dinner (where we had a little stellar jay join us for dinner, sitting on one end of the bench, and got to watch a squirrel preparing it's food for winter) and then headed over to the amphitheatre section of the campground.

      Talk was really interesting - about how Crater Lake formed and what made it ‘unique’ whilst also making it ‘similar’ to other lakes inside volcanoes. First thing we learned was that ‘Crater Lake’ is a misnomer. Craters are formed by meteorites (although I note the dictionaries have been updated to recognise these as ‘impact craters’ and allow that volcanoes can have craters too, which every other website seems to disagree with), volcano caused ‘craters’ are actually called caldera’s, therefor Crater Lake would be more accurate if it were called Caldera Lake. Mind you, Crater Lake was originally called Giiwas by the Native Americans, who were here supposedly 7,700 years ago and witnessed the eruption that caused crater lake (believed to be 100 times more explosive than the 1980 eruption of Mt St Helens). Then the whites came along and called it a few unbelievably imaginative and unique names (Deep Blue Lake, Blue Lake, Majesty Lake) before it was eventually called Crater Lake in a local newspaper article in 1869 and the name just stuck.

      I won’t bore you with all the other details of the talk because then this whole post would just be about Crater Lake, but was a really good one. The ranger who gave the talk was a retired geologist who was understandably very scientifically focused. Gave a lot of facts about the lake and discussed a lot of 'unexplained' things that they weren't able to provide answers on why it happened/how it happened even today, so interesting to hear.

      After the talk we were freezing cold (despite wearing heaps of layers) so a very brisk walk back to the campsite (About 10-15 minutes walk but the cold might have made me exaggerate that time). Lily went to the toilet whilst I lit a fire. Fastest I’ve ever lit a fire (I literally chucked down some newspaper into the fire pit without bothering to scrunch it, grabbed all our kindling and chucked it directly on top of the newspaper, three logs tipi’d on top of this mess and lit the newspaper in as many places I could). Took me less than a minute but was warm in less than 5 and that’s what I was going for. Patrick would be horrified but Lily and I were very happy with it because it was a lot colder than it had been the night before and we were dreading bed time.

      Had the last of our s’mores and stayed by the fire as long as we could. Eventually had to go to bed though, and we went quite reluctantly.

      Day 14 Friday 7th September Crater Lake - Smith Rock

      As expected, very cold night. I ended up wearing two pairs socks, three pairs of pants, two shirts, two jumpers, and wrapped a scarf around my head twice; as well as the usual ensemble of a sleeping bag, sheet, blanket doubled up. Was a very long night to be honest. The same principle applied of trying not to move all night but I found moving out of the warm patch was cold enough to wake me up regardless of if it was moving a leg or rolling over. One of the times I woke up was because the last time I’d moved I’d dislodged the blanket enough that it eventually fell off me. Put it back on and spent half an hour jiggling up and down trying to warm up enough to go back to sleep. I glanced at my watch around then and it was just after 4am and I was immediately relieved I only had to do this sleep-charade for another couple of hours. It probably would have been fine if we’d been properly prepared but the sleeping bag and tent were both summer gear and I had packed for late summer with some layers for colder days (I packed a few jumpers, a scarf, and some thermals and that was about it, I'd bought some stuff at walmart as well which is mostly what I wore in the tent because it was warmer than the stuff I'd brought).

      Anyway up and going at 7am, Lily slept a bit better with the window closed all night. Also went to bed wearing a lot more layers. Said she slept pretty rough but better than the night before.

      We headed back to a few of the places we’d been the day before (any accessible by car) to re-take some photos when you could actually see the things we were taking photos of. Then headed off to Smith Rock. We had also bought a bird book the day before because we’ve seen a heap of birds and had no idea what they were. I spent a lot of the drive trying to determine if we were looking at something interesting (luckily we usually were) or if we were looking at another damn crow/raven.

      We arrived at Smith Rock around 3pm as it was only a 3 hour drive (we also stopped for lunch and a stop so I could have a ‘coffee’ although I use that term lightly and had a few stops along the way to check the area out, as well as grocery stop and a stop for fuel). It was like we’d travelled to another planet. Was 32ºC, and duuuuuusty. Warnings everywhere to take more water than you thought you needed. We just did a gentle hike around the base area of the rock, which was incredible. Lots of people around but was still very peaceful. We couldn’t get over, though, this massive natural formation wasn’t in the middle of nowhere as it would have been in Australia (probably there was indigenous legends about it but there is zero respect or regard for that here, much like Australia 20 years ago and certain places of Australia today) but literally backed onto peoples properties. It was a national park but signs up everywhere about what was an okay place to park your car vs what was trespassing/blocking someones driveway. Walk was still very nice and you didn’t see any of that whilst you were in there. Kept our eyes peeled for a cougar (sighted less than a month ago on the same trail we were doing) but no luck. Lily was very disappointed, although we did see a blue tailed skink (we learned the next day that these are incredibly rare).

      We went to the campsite to set up first (about 40 minutes away) and then headed to the grocery store because we had been planning to make veggies, tuna, and pasta in a béchamel sauce but what Lily thought was flour in her food container turned out to be sugar. So off we went to the grocery store to get some flour. After that back to Smith Rock to cook and eat dinner whilst the sun set over the Rock. Absolutely stunning views, and dinner was successful (although had to be cooked and cleaned very quickly as we had less time than we expected before the sun set).

      Back to camp and on the way saw an owl (which our handy bird book tells us is a great horned owl) which we were pretty excited about. We made some plans for the next day, had a ‘shower’ using wipes as there was no actual shower, and went to bed.
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      Traveler

      Spectacular photos. Amazing how cold it is. Winter must be dreadful!!

      9/19/18Reply
      Traveler

      Despite all the fires around, it looks nice and green.

      9/19/18Reply
       
    • Day12

      Crater Lake & Smith Redwoods

      June 5, 2016 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 23 °C

      I dag stod vi tidligt op og kørte de sidste miles til Crater Lake. Vi havde læst at søen skulle være smukkest om morgenen, men det viste sig også at være en god ide at være der så tidligt som muligt pga. de mange turister. Crater Lake er USAs dybeste sø, der ligger i crateret af en vulkan der eksploderede for 7.700 år siden. Søen er ganske rigtig meget meget smuk, og vi blev vidner til et meget romantisk frieri - vi tænker der nok er mange af dem lige her. Besøget ved søen blev noget forkortet i forhold til planen, idet søens østlige side og alle trails var lukket pga sne. Der kan falde op til 15 m sne om året, og vi kom lidt tidligt på sæsonen, så der var ikke smeltet nok sne til at stierne var forsvarlige at færdes på. På billederne ses solens effekt på sneen tydeligt, idet der er betydeligt mindre sne på søens solside. Vi fandt endnu et krydsningspunkt for Pacific Crest Trailen i nærheden.
      Efter Crater Lake fortsatte vi mod Crescent City hvor vi overnattede på et motel der er bygget ud af et enkelt træ. Historien omkring motellet var fint, men standarden var ikke noget at skrive hjem om.
      Undervejs fik vi frokost på en lokal mexicansk restaurant, vi havde nogle korte vandreture hvor vi så "kobra" blomstrer og kæmpe store californiske redwood træer i Jedediah Smith Redwood State Park.
      I dag krydsede vi grænsen mellem Oregon og Californien.
      Dagen får 4,5 stjerner.
      Roadtrip: I dag: 415 km - i alt: 2.472 km
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      Hej Gitte og Jesper fortsat god tur og vi rejser stadig med kærlig hilsen Kirsten og alex

      6/8/16Reply
      Jesper

      Hej Alex & Kirsten :o) Mange tak, ses senere på måneden :o)

      6/8/16Reply
       

    You might also know this place by the following names:

    Crater Lake, بحيرة كراتير, Krater gölü, Возера Крэйтэр, Крейтър, Llac del Cràter, Kráterové jezero, Крейтер, Λίμνη Κρέιτερ, Kratera Lago, Lago del Cráter, Jezero Crater, קרייטר לייק, Danau Crater, Lago Crater, კრატერის ტბა, Kraterio ežeras, Kreitera ezers, Gunung Berapi Tasik Crater, Jezioro Kraterowe, Lacul Crater, Kratersko jezero, Liqeni Crater, Кратерско језеро, Krater Gölü, 火山口湖

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