The anniversary we were celebrating was in May, but I put the vacation off until June hoping we'd get to see just a little bit more of Crater Lake. The delay paid off, because the North entrance opened the day we drove down. It was a twelve day tour of Oregon and I decided Oregon was easily the most beautiful place I'd ever visited and Crater Lake is easily the jewel in the crown.
The National Park Service website is very handy for this attraction. It keeps you well informed about the park. I'd recommend bookmarking it if you're planing to visit. I knew before I got there that only a portion of the park would be open and had fun watching how much of the north entrance road was being plowed during the weeks before my visit.
However, no amount of planning can prepare you for the impact of your first glimpse of the lake. How did anything ever get so blue? I'd looked at a lot of pictures of the lake, but until I saw it, I was sure they'd all been photoshopped. Nope, it's just that blue. I'm glad I went when snow was still on the ground, because I think the stark white enhanced the color.
We were there only a few hours, taking pictures, playing in the snow, visiting the gift shop and inn, but it was a marvelous few hours. The park is open all year, but during winter there's only a small bit available. Don't let that deter you. This place is gorgeous. If all you get is a brief glance at the lake, it's worth the drive from wherever you are.
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