This was our first view, and for those who wonder, Suzy got this shot.
There is a 33-mile Rim Drive around Crater Lake, with more than 30 pullouts offering dramatic views of the lake's volcanic scenery. The Rangers suggest allowing two to three hours to see it all. We took better than four hours! Of course, that included the occasional gift shops, restroom visits, gift shops. visitor centers and gift shops. Suzy says "Jerry's full of bull," but Jerry feels differently. Ohmigosh, are we having our first fight?
Take a look at these shots. If you wanna see more, there are 48 in our 2013 Crater Lake web album. If that's not enough, catch up with us somewhere and review over 200!
|Wizard Island, made mostly of cinders erupted in the last few thousand year.|
|The large prominence is Llao Rock, named for one of two powerful spirits in native legends.|
|Phantom Ship -- the oldest exposed rock in the caldera, estimated to be over 400,000 years old!|
|This extremely hard andesic lava remained after Mount Mazama collapsed following its years of eruption.|
|The orange-ish feature shown above the trees is Pumice Castle, built up over centuries of Mount Mazama's growth. It's made up of pumice and other rocks coughed up by Mount Mazama.|
|Pumice Castle was another prominence left standing when Mount Mazama collapsed into itself.|
|Vidae is the only waterfall identified along the Rim Drive.|
|A young man offered to take our picture. He did a good job!|
This fallen tree made us think of a mythical beast lying in wait for an unsuspecting tourist. Taking its picture protected us from harm.
What will we see next along the way of ... Our Life on Wheels?