We had one of those "Wowser" days again today. We spent the day at Crater Lake National Park. We have been wanting to visit this park for years, we were only about 100 miles from it when we spent months in Bend, Oregon. It was closed because of snow back then, so we missed it. We still had parts of the park closed today, but we were not disappointed in what we were able to see, it was incredible!
The park got over 50 inches of snow this year, we could not believe all the snow we saw. We watched a video about the park and drove around to the West Rim. The water is the bluest blue I have ever seen. It is hard to describe the incredible beauty of the lake, you have to see it for yourself.
Here are some of the facts about the lake we found interesting:
Due to several unique factors, most prominently that it has no inlets or tributaries, the waters of Crater Lake are some of the purest in terms of the absence of pollutants in North America. It is fed only by rain and snowflakes. They said it's cleaner than our drinking water.
The caldera rim of Crater Lake ranges in elevation from 7,000 to 8,000 feet. The lake is 5 by 6 miles across with an average depth of 1,148 feet. Its maximum depth has been measured at 1,949 feet.
Crater Lake is known for the "Old Man of the Lake", a full-sized tree which is now a stump that has been bobbing vertically in the lake for more than a century. The low temperature of the water has slowed the decomposition of the wood, hence the longevity of the bobbing tree. We looked for the tree, but did not see it. Maybe next time. :-)
We enjoyed our visit much and highly recommend it to all. Check back later for more from Oregon.