Claire and I will both readily admit that we were not prepared for Crater Lake. I had booked a boat cruise and found directions on my phone, but that’s about it. After driving winding, forested roads, we arrived at the first viewpoint along the rim of the lake.
Woah. No words. Crater Lake is blue, blue, blue, and huge. At the risk of sounding like a national park fangirl, Crater Lake is the best!!! You must visit if you’re within a few hours. There’s no excuse.
There are two options for the boat tour. The longer tour drops you off on Wizard Island where you can climb a volcano within a volcano. We took the shorter, two hour tour because of time. First, we hiked down to the surface of the lake. The ranger on our boat shared great facts about the history and geology of the deepest lake in the US. There was also plenty of time to take pictures and stare into the blue. Finally, after viewing mezmorizing water falls and lava formations, we climbed the 700 feet up to the rim.
I want to give a special shoutout to Oakley (bottom right corner)! Claire and I had a wonderful time staying with Sharon, Sam, and Oakley in Eugene, Oregon. We were completely spoiled by the relaxing setting and delicious food. Thanks for having us!