Travel Diaries - Crater Lake, USA
Have you ever visited a place that was beyond your expectations? For me this was Crater Lake in Oregon USA. Beyond beautiful. Breathtaking. Stunning. Immense. This is Crater Lake.
We were in Oregon, USA, while the state, mostly in the forested areas, was being extensively burned by forest fires. The smoke was at times intense and a couple of times it caused us to have to stay inside as the toxicity was too high for babies to inhale. It was to the point that we thought we might miss out on Crater Lake while we were in the south. But on a Friday morning, the last day we had available in the area, the smoke cleared and we made our way up to one of the most beautiful lakes I've ever seen!
When we are on a music ministry tour, we often don't have much time outside of concerts. But when we do, we try to see a few beautiful areas close to our tour route. Even though we were only at Crater Lake for a short time it was completely worth it. We drove up from Klamath Falls, which is about 1 hour 30 minutes drive through quaint towns, vast fields and epic forests. The drive up alone is worth it and as we rounded the last corner, Crater Lake came into view in all it's glory. It surprised me that the spectacular views of the lake were only a couple minutes walk from the car park at the Rim Visitor Centre. We got out of the car and in just a short stroll were right on the rim of the crater. We spent the little time we had walking along the rim, finding view after stunning view with blues that need to be seen to be believed. Ezra clearly loved it as much as we did. Our walk took us to the Sinnott Memorial Overlook and the exhibit that goes into the park's geology and history. Retracing our steps we took one last look at the lake beyond all lakes before driving back to Klamath Falls and a weekend full of concerts.
If you are ever in Oregon I wholeheartedly recommend Crater Lake, even if it's just for the morning. You won't regret it.