Sunday, May 17, 2015

Photo-of-the-Week #211 The Awesomeness of Nature, Crater Lake, Crater Lake National Park, Oregon, May 2015

No matter what mankind does, in my opinion, we can never outdo nature!

Here I am, finally, at Crater Lake in Oregon. Crater Lake is a national park. There is just not much to say about Crater Lake except - AWESOME! I have wanted to visit Crater Lake at least a couple times in the past, but the weather/environment prevented it.

While Crater Lake isn't the highest mountain and peak in this region, it is still up at about 7,200 feet above sea level. The lake is 1,943 feet deep at it's deepest point. Wizard Island, is, as is obvious, considerably higher than the water. I believe the top of the volcano (inside a volcano) cone on Wizard Island is about 300 fee above the water. The water is the clearest water in the world with visibility down to 108 feet. It's also the deepest blue color you can imagine. And, ALL of the water in the lake is only an accumulation of rain fall and snow melt. There are no springs or streams feeding the lake inside the crater.

I took my photos from the southern rim of the crater since the northern rim wasn't upon to the public, yet. I've been told the northern rim doesn't usually open until sometime in late June or July. This year, due to the lack of snowfall, the northern rim was opening on May 15th. Unfortunately, I was long gone by that time.

It was quite brisk on the mountain, as you can see, in the photo, there is still a lot of snow on the ground up there and the lodge hadn't opened for the season, yet. It's on my list for another visit in the future. If you've never been there, it's well worth putting on your Life List.

Just another awesome day in the life of a living free, nomadic vagabond. 


  1. One of the most truly awesome places on earth, truly amazing!!!

  2. Absolutely, Michael -- Today I drove through the center of Idaho and was in a gorge most of the way while I climbed up to a mile high with the road, the white water river and awesome mountains on each side - no room for anything else. Loved it!

  3. Great photo on an awesomely sunny day! We didn't have time to go up to Crater Lake on our '94 trip, although Sharon had been there before, with her sister. We hope to be able to see it in person someday in our future travels.

  4. It's worth the time and effort, John. You have to climb up to about 7,200 feet, so you're getting near thin air.