We woke up to a heavy mist and almost rain. I woke up at 4:45, go up and walked to the beach, where I had heard the waves all night. I took me about ½ hour to get to the beach. It was so foggy, when I walked over the dunes all I could see was beach. I couldn’t even see the waves. I continued on, determined to get into the Pacific Ocean. It must have been 500 yards to the water, and the waves were crashing. I rolled up my pants and waded in with my flip-flops. DAMN…my toes went into a freeze mode. The water must have been 50 degrees. No wonder nobody was swimming.
I walked back, started the stove for coffee and tea. By that time the mist was falling at a near rain pace.
We ate, packed up, suited up and headed out into the fog and rain. It was about 45 miles to the turn we needed to take eastbound and towards Crater Lake NP.
|Don At The Entrance to Crater Lake|
|Me At The Entrance To Crater Lake|
|One Of The Many Snow Sticks In Place|
On The Road Around Crater Lake
We shed a few clothes and continued towards Crater Lake. I was looking forward to seeing Crater Lake, since my first trip out west 42 years ago. I had always by-passed it, and said, “Next time”.
|Our First View Of Crater Lake - SPECTACULAR!!!|
The Blue Color is Accurate. It Really is That Color
|The Island In The Middle, Which is The Tip of the Extinct Volcano|
|At A Crater Lake Lake Overlook|
|Overall View of Crater Lake From Overlook|
Crater Lake is a collapsed volcano that has been filed with snow-melt, with an island in the middle. We stopped at several overlooks and took pictures. He was still in awe and I was glad of that. We hit the visitors center and he got his passport stamp.
We decided to stop early as it had been not a high-mileage day, but tough none-the-less.
|Campsite At Collier Memorial SP - Fort Klamath, OR|
No Chipmunks In This Picture
We will figure out tomorrow which way to head from here.