The weather was pretty much perfect and Crater Lake was stunningly beautiful.
Crater Lake is one of the most famous Calderas in the world. A caldera is a volcanic crater that forms either by a explosive volcanic eruption or the collapse of surface rocks into an empty magma chamber. http://geology.com/articles/caldera/ Crater Lake was formed when Mt. Mazama erupted 7700 years ago. Since then snow and rain have filled the crater.
Crater Lake is the deepest lake in the U.S and the 7th deepest in the world. It is 1,943 feet deep. The lake is filled primarily with melted snow. During the winter it averages 533 inches of snow fall.
The water color is the bluest of blue and the beauty of the place is breath taking. Looking down those sheer rock cliffs into the deep blue is breath taking too!
Playing in the snow was a must!
The "shore" of Wizard Island... notice the varying shades of the water.
And then it was time to get in the car and head for home. We drove and drove until we couldn't drive and more without a break. So somewhere in the middle of south western Oregon we pulled off the road by the Clearwater River and the kids got out and did some running around.
The highlight of the evening was stopping at a roadside ice cream stand and getting some Umpqua Ice Cream. I'm telling you this stuff has Graeter's ice cream beat all to smash!
5 SCOOPS-now that is a lot of ice cream!
We arrived home safe and sound. Thus concluding our 3 day adventure; and a good time was had by all!