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Crater Lake

Crater Lake

Crater Lake

Snow Plow Bank

You Can't Fix Stupid


Today we headed for Crater Lake National Park. Crater Lake is the result of a violent eruption of Mount Mazama 7,700 years ago. After the eruption the mountain collapsed forming a deep caldera. Centuries of rain and snow filled the caldera to form the deepest lake in the United States.

We could only traverse 1/2 of the roads encircling the lake because the east rim was still closed due to snow cover. Even the west side (that we were on) had a great deal of snow remaining. Crater Lake gets about 533 feet of snow annually. It was 72 degrees outside and the snow still lingered.

On the way to the lake we stopped to see a waterfall and ran across a very weird thing in the middle of the forest - a huge wooden aqueduct. We knew it was full of water because it was full of holes spitting out water in all directions. A mystery.

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