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My Crater Lake Trip

Jul 1, 2006  Momma and Preschooler to Crater Lake
3.0 of 5 stars based on 2 votes

To Crater Lake with a Preschooler

  • 1. Crater Lake National Park
    Crater Lake National Park, Oregon

    Players-
    I- 30 yr old momma of two preschoolers, married for 9 years
    DS- Oldest son, just turned 4 yrs old.

    DS and I drove from Salem to Roseburg and took the Mapquestâs directions to Crater Lake. It was simply wonderful I loved seeing the points near Crater Lake in the distance, and the beautiful little purple flowers on the side of the road. I noticed a few things I want to check out the next time we are on that route (Dexter Lake, Lookout Point Lake, Airport Rd (I wanna look at the airport ï), Salt Creek Falls, Weldo Lake, Odell Lake (it is a resort), Davis Lake, and Cresent Lake). We took I-5 to East 58 to South 97 then OR-138/E Diamond Lake Hwy onto OR 232 and the North Entrance. We stopped at the Pumice Desert and I took DSâs picture. Then we headed to the Lake, the East side was still snowed in. We started noticing the snow right away, so we pulled over and played in it! When we got to the first lookout, I rounded the corner and nearly lost my breath, it was astounding to say the least. Having lived in Oregon all my life and never seen it I felt really hidden from the true beauty of our State! DS and I got out, and I took pictures to piece together the scenery, with the snowcapped mts around the lake it was beautiful. We played in the snow some more, and I put my shoes and socks on! I had been venturing out with my birks. While we were there about a dozen old cars, I have no idea what they were but old model Aâs or something, no window, just a small windshield, and small tires, all restored wonderfully.. sorry no pictures of them, I didnât want to waste pics as I needed to leave enough for graduation and Ashland. I had a couple take our picture, and then headed on. We stopped at most of the viewing spots.

  • 2. Shopping and Rim Village

    Finally we were at Rim Village, I was a bit disappointed as there was a lot of construction going on, but not THAT disappointed ï. DS and I used the facilities, then headed to the gift shop. They had some very cute and pretty things, I picked up Christmas Ornaments that were on clearance, a photo box, a envelope of standard size postcards, and a beautiful turquoise necklace. DS really liked a hat with a bear on it but the shirt that came with it was HUGE, and the shirts they had in his size he said were too scary, so he got a snowglobe toy (on clearance also), and a small envelope of small postcards of Crater Lake.

  • 3. Eating at Crater Lake

    I bet you are wondering at this point what time it is and what did we eat, well, the reason why we didn't get out of my grandparents (in West Salem) till after 8am was that grandma was making DS and I lunch. So we had free lunch and drinks with us. One thing I unfortunately forgot to do was to stop at the interpretive centers! They are labeled as Visitorâs Centers and I didnât think they were the same thing.. UGH. I had topped off my gas tank in Salem for about 2.89 a gallon, so was doing good, and passed by the last gas station till the Medford area.

  • 4. Rogue River
    Rogue River, Crater Lake, Oregon

    On our way out I wrote down a ton of places I want to see, and things to do. But that is for future trips. So on we drove, very fast by the way, probably why we made such great time, though we arrived about on schedule we stopped a few times. One stop was a falls, on the Rogue River Gorge scenic byway. I just have to say if you are ever on this road STOP! We walked around and followed the trail, running and playing. We spied a couple chipmunks. That was DSâs favorite part, that and how loud the water is. I took a video of the sound, but the video part did not turn out, just the audio. After getting our kinks out, we drove a bit more and I saw a sign to âNatural Bridgeâ. In addition, thought, that sounds interesting. So I drove a ways and pulled up my mini-van to the trailhead. I did not know how long of a walk it was, but I figured if we got tired, we could just turn around. However, I knew the water was still close (I could hear it), so I figured it was not far. It was about .3 miles is all, so we enjoyed our little trek, and the âNatural Bridgeâ is where the water goes under the rock, where they believe it used to be running lava tubes, and this part is left on the top of the water. Very cool. You cannot walk across it or anything as they have heavy fencing all around the area to protect idiots. On our way out, I tried to have the camera take our picture using a timer, but having never used it before, it did not turn out. In addition, since there were people behind us I scrapped the idea, and continued onto the van.

    See my GoList for Ashland to read the rest of my trip