October 1, 2012

A Beautiful Day at Crater Lake, Oregon

{ PHOTOS } Crater Lake, Oregon: Home of the remarkably blue, crystal clear waters of the nation's deepest lake. www.kevinandamanda.com #travel

On Day Three of our vacation through Oregon, Kev and I awoke to a gorgeously beautiful Sunday. It was that glorious kind of day when the stars align and it’s warm, and cool, and sunny, and blue, all at the same time — the cargo-pants-and-flip flops, driving-with-the-windows-down kind of weather. It was the perfect day for a cruise down from Bend to see for ourselves the breathtaking, awe-inspiring, shockingly blue waters of Crater Lake.

{ PHOTOS } Crater Lake, Oregon: Home of the remarkably blue, crystal clear waters of the nation's deepest lake. www.kevinandamanda.com #travel

We arrived through the north entrance, with this sharp view of Mount Thielsen to our right.

{ PHOTOS } Crater Lake, Oregon: Home of the remarkably blue, crystal clear waters of the nation's deepest lake. www.kevinandamanda.com #travel

When we got to the lake, the golden sun was bright and high in a deeply blue sky, and so pleasantly warm as it wrapped around our skin. The crisp air had just a hint of that breezy, light coolness of early fall. We had absolutely delicious weather on Sunday in Oregon.

{ PHOTOS } Crater Lake, Oregon: Home of the remarkably blue, crystal clear waters of the nation's deepest lake. www.kevinandamanda.com #travel

The history of the lake was so interesting to me. Crater Lake was not formed by meteor striking the earth as the name might suggest, but by the violent, volcanic eruption of Mount Mazama, which left a deep basin where the snow-capped peak once stood.

{ PHOTOS } Crater Lake, Oregon: Home of the remarkably blue, crystal clear waters of the nation's deepest lake. www.kevinandamanda.com #travel

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Centuries of rain and snow have filled the basin, creating a deep lake with stunningly blue waters and crystal clear clarity that seems to go on for miles. { PHOTOS } Crater Lake, Oregon: Home of the remarkably blue, crystal clear waters of the nation's deepest lake. www.kevinandamanda.com #travel Why is the water so blue? Since there are no streams that run into the lake, there is very little sediment to cloud its pure waters. A balance of precipitation of evaporation keep the lake level consistent. { PHOTOS } Crater Lake, Oregon: Home of the remarkably blue, crystal clear waters of the nation's deepest lake. www.kevinandamanda.com #travel The 33-mile rim around the lake is completely paved and drivable in the summer (with certain sections closing in the winter for snow), and offers many overlooks to park, jump out, and explore the lake at different viewpoints. We also saw many biking around the entire rim! What an awesome adventure that would be. { PHOTOS } Crater Lake, Oregon: Home of the remarkably blue, crystal clear waters of the nation's deepest lake. www.kevinandamanda.com #travel If you’re up for a hike, the steep, 1.1 mile Cleetwood Cove Trail offers access to the lake’s shore. Here you can swim, and fish, and also take boat tours around the lake in the summer — just be sure to make reservations for tickets in advance. They also offer longer tours that include a stop at Wizard Island for exploration. How fun would that be?? { PHOTOS } Crater Lake, Oregon: Home of the remarkably blue, crystal clear waters of the nation's deepest lake. www.kevinandamanda.com #travel If you’d like the stay at the lake, Crater Lake Lodge provides accommodations and dining during the summer, while Rim Village right next door features a small cafe and gift shop that is open year round. { PHOTOS } Crater Lake, Oregon: Home of the remarkably blue, crystal clear waters of the nation's deepest lake. www.kevinandamanda.com #travel The National Park Service recommends two to three hours to travel around the lake, but I think we stayed more like five! We started at the north entrance and traveled clockwise around the lake, hopping out at every viewpoint along the way. { PHOTOS } Crater Lake, Oregon: Home of the remarkably blue, crystal clear waters of the nation's deepest lake. www.kevinandamanda.com #travel I didn’t want to miss a single second of this beautiful lake. { PHOTOS } Crater Lake, Oregon: Home of the remarkably blue, crystal clear waters of the nation's deepest lake. www.kevinandamanda.com #travel Unbelievable, isn’t it? { PHOTOS } Crater Lake, Oregon: Home of the remarkably blue, crystal clear waters of the nation's deepest lake. www.kevinandamanda.com #travel The lake has been renamed at least three times, first as Blue Lake, then Lake Majesty, and finally Crater Lake. { PHOTOS } Crater Lake, Oregon: Home of the remarkably blue, crystal clear waters of the nation's deepest lake. www.kevinandamanda.com #travel I can certainly see why Majesty would be such a befitting name for this rare beauty. { PHOTOS } Crater Lake, Oregon: Home of the remarkably blue, crystal clear waters of the nation's deepest lake. www.kevinandamanda.com #travel The round, aptly named “Crater” Lake measures 5 by 6 miles across. { PHOTOS } Crater Lake, Oregon: Home of the remarkably blue, crystal clear waters of the nation's deepest lake. www.kevinandamanda.com #travel Its average depth is 1,148 feet, but as the the lake’s water source is dependent upon the climate, the water level fluctuates as the weather changes. { PHOTOS } Crater Lake, Oregon: Home of the remarkably blue, crystal clear waters of the nation's deepest lake. www.kevinandamanda.com #travel Its maximum depth has been measured at 1,943 feet. { PHOTOS } Crater Lake, Oregon: Home of the remarkably blue, crystal clear waters of the nation's deepest lake. www.kevinandamanda.com #travel On the basis of maximum depth, Crater Lake is known to be the deepest lake in the nation. { PHOTOS } Crater Lake, Oregon: Home of the remarkably blue, crystal clear waters of the nation's deepest lake. www.kevinandamanda.com #travel Many of the overlooks offer short trails for further exploration of the sweeping views and extravagant beauty of the lake. { PHOTOS } Crater Lake, Oregon: Home of the remarkably blue, crystal clear waters of the nation's deepest lake. www.kevinandamanda.com #travel

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I could not get over how clear the water was. Can you see these tiny shadows of the boats deep at the bottom of the lake bed?

{ PHOTOS } Crater Lake, Oregon: Home of the remarkably blue, crystal clear waters of the nation's deepest lake. www.kevinandamanda.com #travel

The average clarity depth of the lake is 90-100 feet.

{ PHOTOS } Crater Lake, Oregon: Home of the remarkably blue, crystal clear waters of the nation's deepest lake. www.kevinandamanda.com #travel

Ninety to one hundred feet. Wow.

{ PHOTOS } Crater Lake, Oregon: Home of the remarkably blue, crystal clear waters of the nation's deepest lake. www.kevinandamanda.com #travel

The many pull-offs offer changing views of the sheer cliffs overlooking the lake.

{ PHOTOS } Crater Lake, Oregon: Home of the remarkably blue, crystal clear waters of the nation's deepest lake. www.kevinandamanda.com #travel

Okay, so I know I wear this sweater in like, every photo you ever see of me. It’s from Old Navy, by the way. But from years ago. And for some reason, I feel the need to never-be-photographed-in-the-same-outfit-twice. It’s a compulsion. But I’m obviously not doing that great at it. So anyway, I totally feel weird packing this sweater on like, every single trip I go on. But in my defense, this outfit really is like, the most perfect outfit for traveling. Especially if I don’t know exactly what the weather’s going to be like. It can be hard to plan for packing during the “shoulder seasons” of fall and spring, with their sweltering hot days and freezing cold nights. Especially if you’re going to be outside for most of the day. It’s nearly impossible. And also, weather can be unpredictable 10-14 days out if I’m trying to pack for a long trip. But this, I can wear it with jeans or lighter cargo pants. The sweater is that perfect not-too-heavy, but not-too-light weight — warm enough for winter, but cool enough for summer. The top is perfectly acceptable to be worn as “just a top” so I can take off the sweater if it gets to warm. Basically, it’s very easy to layer. And I love it. And it’s comfy. And I’m very sorry for wearing it in every single photo you see of me. I do have other clothes. I just never wear any of them.

Is anyone still with me?

{ PHOTOS } Crater Lake, Oregon: Home of the remarkably blue, crystal clear waters of the nation's deepest lake. www.kevinandamanda.com #travel

A view of Crater Lake with Mount Thielsen in the skyline.

{ PHOTOS } Crater Lake, Oregon: Home of the remarkably blue, crystal clear waters of the nation's deepest lake. www.kevinandamanda.com #travel

This small, red-orange formation on the lake’s cauldron-like cliffs is known as Pumice Castle.

{ PHOTOS } Crater Lake, Oregon: Home of the remarkably blue, crystal clear waters of the nation's deepest lake. www.kevinandamanda.com #travel

As you can see, exploration around the lake offers many unique features to search for. This tiny island in the lake is known as Phantom Ship for its resemblance to a ghostly ship, especially in dark, foggy weather.

{ PHOTOS } Crater Lake, Oregon: Home of the remarkably blue, crystal clear waters of the nation's deepest lake. www.kevinandamanda.com #travel

Mount Thielsen through the trees.

{ PHOTOS } Crater Lake, Oregon: Home of the remarkably blue, crystal clear waters of the nation's deepest lake. www.kevinandamanda.com #travel

Wizard Island.

{ PHOTOS } Crater Lake, Oregon: Home of the remarkably blue, crystal clear waters of the nation's deepest lake. www.kevinandamanda.com #travel

Purple walls.

{ PHOTOS } Crater Lake, Oregon: Home of the remarkably blue, crystal clear waters of the nation's deepest lake. www.kevinandamanda.com #travel

Mount Mazama is one of many in the Cascade Range Volcanoes that saturate the west coast. This area is so densely populated with volcanoes (and earthquakes) because two of the Earth’s tectonic plates collide here. The Cascade Range Volcanoes are part of the larger “Ring Of Fire” that wraps around the entire Pacific Ocean, where 90% of the world’s earthquakes occur. As the oceanic plate is forced into the Earth’s continental plate, it encounters high temperatures and pressures that melt solid rock. As the plates continue to shift, the molten rock surfaces as volcanic eruptions.

{ PHOTOS } Crater Lake, Oregon: Home of the remarkably blue, crystal clear waters of the nation's deepest lake. www.kevinandamanda.com #travel

This process is still happening to this day. Lassen Peak and Mount St. Helens have both erupted within the last century.

{ PHOTOS } Crater Lake, Oregon: Home of the remarkably blue, crystal clear waters of the nation's deepest lake. www.kevinandamanda.com #travel

Though it may be dormant now, Mount Mazama is not an extinct volcano. It could awaken with a new eruptive phase one day, once again transforming this peaceful landscape.

{ PHOTOS } Crater Lake, Oregon: Home of the remarkably blue, crystal clear waters of the nation's deepest lake. www.kevinandamanda.com #travel

Thanks so much for looking. I hope you enjoyed the photos of Crater Lake!

*Thanks so much to Travel Oregon for sending us on this adventure through Oregon!



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53 Comments






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Kris R October 1, 2012 at 2:23 am

It’s so beautiful! We drove through on our way home from visiting a family member in South Central Oregon in June. There was still snow blocking access to half of the rim. We didn’t have much time, so we didn’t get to enjoy as much as I would have liked to, but it was worth the $10 to see it for the couple of hours that we did.

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MaryAnn October 1, 2012 at 3:25 am

Beautiful pictures. I guess there are no hotels, communities or resorts to clutter the the landscape around there. It is just so beautiful. What was the temperature of the day and water.

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libbywilko October 1, 2012 at 4:54 am

Wow it looks stunning ! Your photos and post make me want to visit there…. Just gorgeous.

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amy October 1, 2012 at 5:43 am

The pictures are just stunning! You are a fabulous photographer! Thanksfor a great start to my week!!! Amy :)

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Lindsay R October 1, 2012 at 6:11 am

my goodness, your photography is just gorgeous!! What a beautiful state :)

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Southern Gal October 1, 2012 at 7:01 am

Gorgeous views. And I like that sweater. ;)

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Claudia October 1, 2012 at 7:12 am

I want to go! I have a sweatshirt that I wear on almost all our trips! *blush* but the dang thing is lightweight, goes with everything and soooo comfy.

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Maria Jose October 1, 2012 at 7:42 am

Simply Wonderful! I’m impressed, i love it.

xoxo

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Lori Lewis October 1, 2012 at 8:00 am

I saw Crater Lake in the dead of winter, so I was thrilled to see your end of summer pics. Good job on all the historical/educational info. My son and I were college shopping in Eugene OR (very interesting architecture on that campus) and decided to do a day trip to Crater Lake which quickly turned into a blizzard! Beautiful state when you can see it.

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Melody October 1, 2012 at 8:05 am

I love Crater Lake! The last time we were there was the end of May a couple years back. We were all dressed in shorts & flip flops. You guessed it, it was snowing! We kinda just stayed in the lodge & shopped ’cause it was too foggy to get pictures of the water. (But we did buy a delicious local white wine in the shop…)

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Darlene October 1, 2012 at 8:05 am

Thanks Amanda for the breath taking pictures and excellent explanation of what we are looking at. Looks like a beautiful place to hike through. I love your photography skills, you have a gift.

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Andie October 1, 2012 at 9:06 am

OMG! What a beautiful place! You take the most AmAzInG pictures! I seriously want your life! You do the best things and go to the best places!

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Beth October 1, 2012 at 9:07 am

Thanks so much for these beautiful photos! What a great way to start the work week!

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Deb Wisker October 1, 2012 at 9:09 am

So beautiful! Thanks so much for sharing!

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Dacia October 1, 2012 at 9:13 am

Thank you! I feel like I’ve just visited Oregon for a little bit. :) Would love to go in person one day.

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Jani Coster October 1, 2012 at 9:45 am

OH my– we used to go to Crater Lake when I was a wee kid—- way back in the dark ages. Still gorgeous- thanks for the memory blast.

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Kelli October 1, 2012 at 9:49 am

Your pictures are AMAZING! My aunt lived above Crater Lake for YEARS and some of these pictures looks like the view from the end of their street – literally.

I’m an Oregon girl at heart, but live in the amazing south (Nashville, TN) now and LOVE it.

Thanks for sharing pictures of your vacation/journey

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Terry October 1, 2012 at 9:55 am

Splendid pictures!!!! Thank you for sharing your Oregon adventure! WDE!!

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Jen Larson October 1, 2012 at 10:19 am

Beautiful pictures!! I’ll definitely be adding Crater Lake to my list of places to visit! Thanks for sharing! And, it’s a cute sweater – you should wear it as often as you like!

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HJ Gadiyar October 1, 2012 at 10:51 am

Excellent photography and I enjoyed everyone of it.
Thanks for sharing.

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Mary Anne October 1, 2012 at 10:52 am

Amanda,

I LOVED every single one of the photos of Crater Lake. Thanks for sharing.

Mary Anne

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Suzanne October 1, 2012 at 11:22 am

You cracked me up with the sweater story, Amanda. I do the same thing….pack almost the very same clothes whenever we travel to the Midwest to visit family. I have often looked at photos and thought, “What?? That purple turtleneck…AGAIN?” But, I’m in Arizona and don’t even own a lot of sweaters, so the same one or two go on every trip to Michigan. Too funny.

And, more seriously, your Crater Lake photos are outstanding! Thank you for sharing this great beauty with us. I’m sorry we didn’t have time to make this trip when we were in Oregon a couple weeks ago. It’s on the list for “next time.”

Have a great October!

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Erin October 1, 2012 at 11:44 am

Going here next Summer- 2013! Cannot wait, my great uncle lives in Bend and he will be our tour guide. So it was great when the Travel Oregon came about. Gave/ giving me a good idea of the things I will see. It’s so breath taking. Hoping to get just as good of photos as yours! We are also traveling to see the redwood’s. Which will be very exciting. I am assume we will stop to see Crater Lake along the way to the Redwood’s. Then camping amogst the trees. Love the photos, Keep em coming!

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carmel October 1, 2012 at 12:05 pm

Wow! Thank you for this trip down memory lane. My sister and I spent a of days camping there, about 30 yrs ago. We were brave (crazy now) enough to bike down. Whooo hoooo! Such a beautiful place. Did you have the squirrels eating out of your hands?

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Domestocrat October 1, 2012 at 12:17 pm

These photographs are stunning! Oregon is one of my favorite places in the world – we honeymooned there and have been back every year on our anniversary since. These pictures are such a wonderful reminder to me why I love the state so much. Thank you!!

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Tonia October 1, 2012 at 12:34 pm

You are so cute even wearing that same sweater in “every” photo. The photos are amazing!! I grew up in Oregon and never explored Crater Lake :/

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Maria October 1, 2012 at 12:40 pm

Your pictures are amazing!!! I am sad I didn’t get to go to Crater Lake, but Josh insists on taking me. We will have to go together:)

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Amanda October 1, 2012 at 12:44 pm

Yes! I will go back any day! :) xoxo

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Dalia October 1, 2012 at 12:48 pm

That is absolutely gorgeous, what a view! Thank for sharing your photos Amanda. That is one place on my list, that I’d love to checkout.

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Lynne October 1, 2012 at 1:22 pm

Just beautiful – and informative as well! I would love to go there. I enjoy your website – thanks for posting!

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Pati L October 1, 2012 at 1:42 pm

Beautiful pictures of a beautiful place! Hubby & I took a road trip thru parts of OR in late April early May a couple of years ago and stopped here. There was still about 20 feet of snow surrounding the parking lot at the cafe/gift shop. Rim village and most of the road around was still closed with snow. It was funny walking across hard pack snow the height of the upper windows of the cafe to see the lake. Esp. after coming from the high desert areas like Klamath Falls, like experiencing multiple seasons in one day. Definitely a place I hope to revisit again someday, in a different season.

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Dana @ This Silly Girl's Life October 1, 2012 at 1:49 pm

Wow, I literally had chills looking at each picture. This place is GORGEOUS! Will now be on my must vacation list!

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Alyssa October 1, 2012 at 2:40 pm

Beautiful pictures! On a side note, I wanted to thank you for your tutorials & fonts–my blog looks amazing and part of it is because of you!

Thank you!!

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Renee K. October 1, 2012 at 3:12 pm

These photos are stunning. I am wanting to make a trip out to Oregon eventually and I just remembered why I would rather it be sooner than later. Beautiful!

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Dora Panariti October 1, 2012 at 3:30 pm

Great shots Amanda!! Seems you had a great time there!

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misjody October 1, 2012 at 3:44 pm

Beautiful pictures! I went there 20 years ago and loved it. I really like the shots with both of you and the gorgeous background. Also, I have a shirt we call my “festival shirt” It seems I’m always wearing it when we go to fests (because it is the perfect weight, shape….etc.!).

Thanks for sharing,
Jody

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Anele @ Success Along the Weigh October 1, 2012 at 4:08 pm

You continue to stun me with these photos and make me want to book my trip now! That first pic of you and Kevin had me in cold sweats! I pray you had a remote or someone taking the pic and not an auto timer! :-)

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ruthy @ omeletta October 1, 2012 at 5:05 pm

Holy gorgeousness!!! Those photos are amazing. Phantom Ship Island actually gave me the chills a little. I’ve always wanted to go to Oregon and this just seals it. (And I’m totally down with you on the sweater thing. I’m wearing my own version right now!)

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Lori @ RecipeGirl October 1, 2012 at 6:30 pm

I think you’ve officially crossed over from Blogger to Beautiful Postcard Photographer!

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Nicole October 1, 2012 at 8:14 pm

I am just tickled that you came to our state and shared it on your website! Oregon is a such a treasure with everything from beach to mountains to high desert minus hurricanes, tornadoes, major earthquakes and extreme of the seasons (excessive hot and cold weather.) Thanks for coming out and sharing!

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Ali October 2, 2012 at 7:36 am

Hey,
Love the sweater…don’t apologize for buying such a versatile and timeless piece of clothing…and wearing it every chance you get! :) I visit your blog often and my kids birthdays are always blessed by your AMAZING treats. So much more than a cupcake! Recently we are enjoying the smores cupcakes…HOLY TOLEDO! I just wanted to tell you that I have told my husband at least 3 times, since seeing these pictures, that I want to go to Oregon. What an absolutely breathtaking opportunity. Thanks!

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Natasha McEachron October 2, 2012 at 12:58 pm

Wow, the water is sooo blue. Absolutely beautiful photos!

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L. Swartz October 2, 2012 at 7:09 pm

Your photos are breath-taking! Absolutely Beautiful!

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Darlene October 3, 2012 at 1:34 am

I live in Oregon and have visited Crater Lake more than once. But never has it looked as gorgeous as your photos !!! Beautiful……

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Stacy October 3, 2012 at 1:41 pm

I visited Crater Lake 11 years ago with my roommate at the time. We were on a road trip from ND to CA and her car broke down in a small town 30 miles from Crater Lake. An elderly man that made conversation with us at the repair shop highly recommended going the 30 miles out of our way to see it. I’m so glad we did. It is absolutely breathtaking. Seeing it again, through your pictures, is even more breathtaking. Thank you for that little piece of nostalgia.

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Jenni October 3, 2012 at 7:47 pm

My dad lived in both Crater Lake and Grants Pass as a youth and yet somehow I have never been there. Once his side of the family moved down to lower California they just never went back. Now you are making me want to visit there! Hope it was a wonderful trip!

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Corey @ Learning Patience October 6, 2012 at 1:50 pm

wow….you officially just put Crater Lake on my top 10 list. HOLY MOLEY.

xoxo from Trinidad

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sharlee ritz October 7, 2012 at 10:12 am

I grew up in Oregon, but have lived out east/south for the last 20 years. Your posts are making me extremely homesick:) Next time I am home I am definitely going to visit that chocolate shop in Bandon.

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Diane October 15, 2012 at 12:21 pm

Wow! All of your pictures are amazing! I wanted to pin one on my Pinterest board and found it hard to choose just one!

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Jim Keeter October 20, 2012 at 10:23 pm

A little late looking at this. Incredible pictures, like your sweater. It was like I was there, I am now inspired to go up this next summer for sure! Good Job

Jim

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Lisa F. October 25, 2012 at 8:57 am

Amazing photos! Thanks for sharing them! Travel Oregon is very smart to send you on this adventure, because I definitely want to visit Crater Lake now. Thanks for sharing

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Heather L June 19, 2014 at 7:13 pm

i want you to know that i really enjoyed your pictures. I am a native to oregon and actually live only 75 miles west of crater lake which makes it very easy for me to visit. but the pictures of the beauty of the lake that you captured are absolutly amazing. Thank you for sharing.

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Louise Page September 25, 2014 at 9:11 am

I left a message a couple of days ago asking if you would consider letting me use a few of your pictures for a fiber art piece on Crater Lake. You would be given credit for your photos. We would be entering the finished piece into shows and would need your written permission to do so. If any prize money was awarded, it would go to our group Threads Times three. Please let me know if you would allow us to do this.

Blessings,
Louise Page

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