June 19, 2004

Kelso to Medford

Crater Lake, Oregon

Our mission today was Crater Lake National Park. Dad being dad, we didn't get there til 5pm. OK so we had a 240 mile drive to the exit we needed, but that was on the I5 which only took us a couple of hours. I tried to get a photo of Mt Hood, it being the highest mountain in Oregon, but don't think I got anything more than haze.

After lunch, Dad wanted to see a few waterfalls. Two waterfalls and an hour and a half later... oops. Then a trip around diamond lake, which was pretty and all, but nothing overly exciting, and this took us a good hour as well.

So then finally Crater Lake National Park. This looks like you're just going up the side of a mountain, until you get to the top and it's like "aaaaaaaahhhhhhhhh". White snow, blue sky, black and brown mountains, and at the bottom a deep blue perfectly round lake. It was spectacular. Took a couple of hours to get a few miles down the western side, as we kept stopping to take photos :) The whole eastern side was closed by snow for another two weeks, which was probably a good thing, as it would have taken us hours longer to do the other side also.

On the way out we stopped at "Natural Bridge" which was actually a river flowing through part of an old lava tunnel, which was very cool. Then dad decided he wanted a photo from the other side, so another three quarters of an hour later we start heading for town. Didn't get to Medford til after 9pm, by which time we were all tired and hungry. So anyways, it's going to be a slow morning tomorrow as mum wants to do the washing, so I'll download my photos then.

So this morning when we hit Oregon, we hit our tenth state this trip - California, Colorado, Utah, Arizona, Wyoming, South Dakota, Montana, Idaho, Washington, Oregon. Plus two provinces in Canada :)

Check this out (I'll put this up with my photos eventually..)

create your own personalized map of the USA

Posted by kazza at June 19, 2004 04:15 PM