Burguiere '08 Westward Ho! travel blog

Diamond Lake campground.


Crater Lake...pictures don't capture the color and beauty



This used to be the sumit.

family pic

This is a snow marker..15' high!

Thurs 7/17.The Sun God has shined upon us everyday since we left and during the long steep climb up the mountain towards Crater Lake, it was apparent the God of Motorhomes had his eye on us also. Our first indication was when the engine started to overheat on our accent. I attributed it to the outside temperature (near 90) and the fact we were pulling a 3k lb jeep. I pulled over several times to let the engine cool down and then continued until we finally arrived and would stay for the night at Diamond Lake campground, which is in Crater Lake Natl park. Primitive (meaning no hook-ups), but a beautiful setting, and only a short drive to Crater Lake. We arrived at Crater Lake Village around noon. The view was breathtaking. (I'm running out of adjectives to describe all of what we have seen.) The water looked so inviting, and one of the rangers told Steven that they do allow swimming, but most people stay in for only a few seconds. Ice water! Some interesting facts about Crater Lake, (even if you are not interested.) It is a dormant volcano that collapsed on itself. The island at the south end of the lake used to be the summit of the mountain. The summit was 5000 ft higher than the present level of the lake. The average snow fall at the rim is 42 ft. How about that! After having some lunch, we left Crater Lake Village and headed southwest toward the California coast, where we planned to visit my nephew John and his wife Mina. They live in Mckinleyville, CA. , just south of the Redwood Natl Forest. It was a long, winding drive down from the Cascade Mtns. We made it as far as Grants Pass OR.,where we stopped to rest for the night, in a Walmart parking lot.(Thanks again Sam.)

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