Crater Lake Lodge

We began the morning by driving up to the lake and walking to the Community House at Rim Village near the Crater Lake Lodge to purchase our tickets.

Here is the Crater Lake Lodge.







The tour takes about two hours, going around the lake on Rim Drive with several stops at points of interest. There is a National Park interpreter/guide who gives information about the park.






Wizard Island

One of the first stops was Wizard Island, an volcanic cinder cone which forms an island at the west end of the Lake.











Mark and Dixie

Here we are in front of Wizard Island.











view of lake

Crater Lake  is a caldera lake famous for its deep blue color and water clarity.

The lake partly fills a nearly 2,148-foot deep caldera that was formed by the collapse of the volcano Mount Mazama.





treesWithin the park are represented more than a dozen cone-bearing species—pines, firs, hemlocks, and others—growing in pure bodies or mingled together.







Phantom Ship

Phantom Ship, a small island in the lake. It is a natural rock formation pillar which derives its name from its resemblance to a ghost ship, especially in foggy and low-light conditions.








Tour Guide

We had a really good tour guide, who shared his knowledge of the lake and the surrounding area during the tour.











another view of lake

Another view of the lake ... there are no rivers flowing into or out of the lake; the evaporation is compensated for by rain and snowfall.









our tour group



Our tour group











Mark with a couple from Montana in the background, I kept feeling like they would start doing a two-step :-) of course Mark was wearing a Thelonious Monk tee shirt.


















A roadside waterfall. Our guide said the water was really coming down much more heavily earlier in the year.
















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