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Crater Lake

Crater Lake


We have spent the last 2 days at Crater Lake. It is the deepest lake in the United States (1,943 ft.). It was Mt. Mazama, a 12,000-foot peak, until it erupted about 7,700 years ago. The magma chamber was emptied and the volcano collapsed leaving a huge caldera. The eruption was so big that ash was spread 6 inches deep over 5,000 square miles. It produced 150 times more ash than the Mt. St. Helens eruption. Slowly the caldera filled with rainwater and snow.

We drove around the lake, stopping often to take short hikes and pictures. It is such a deep beautiful blue. Wizard Island juts out of the lake, an old volcano now mostly submerged. We also saw pinnacles on Wheeler Creek, which were formed by the rushing water and steam rising to the surface. We had a delicious lunch at the Crater Lake Inn.

On our way out of the park we saw our friends, Jack and Peggy Laird, by the side of the road. After they got settled in their campsite, we went over to have cocktails with them as we enjoyed the peaceful view of Diamond Lake. Then we progressed to our RV and had a shrimp stir fry dinner. It was a fun, laugh-filled evening as we caught up on what we have been doing since we skied together at Snowmass last February.

Today we go to Redmond to the RV rally. It is a huge affair with people from all over the country. There is entertainment every night, usually older country music stars. The crowd averages even older than the country music stars. We will be among the younger people there. Vendors sell everything you can think of from the latest electronic equipment to funky home crafted doodads.

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