We had Ian and Angie coming to visit us on a Tuesday-Wednesday, so I decided I should take off Monday (Nat’s day off) so we could make a vacation out of the two days before our company arrived. So on Sunday we drove down to Crater Lake! We stopped at this totally amazing estate sale outside of Eugene on the way down and made it to the park in the afternoon. We drove around the entire rim, pulling off a lot to get out of the car and marvel, and stopped at the visitor center to watch a video about the park (I had also brought a library book about the park’s history with me, so I felt pretty well-educated!). We walked the Lady of the Woods trail (it’s a National Park, so dogs aren’t allowed in a lot of places), checked out Rim Village, and then drove to our campsite at Diamond Lake nearby. Diamond Lake is so lovely; I wish we could have spent more time there. We cooked dinner and walked around a little, and then went back to Crater Lake to watch the sun set and the stars come out. It was pretty wonderful.
In the morning, we left Diamond Lake early and headed back to the park to do the Godfrey Glen walk with Cody, then left him in the car for the short Sun Notch and Pinnacles hikes. And then we had to head out to go meet my friends at home! It was such a good trip, although super short. I don’t typically love mountainous places at high elevation (too Colorado-y), but I loved Crater Lake. The light and colors were so different than I’d anticipated, maybe from wildfires close by, but when the lake looked deep blue, it was truly incredible.