Crater Lake National Park

Last Monday on our way home from Bend, Cam and I checked yet another item off my summer to-do list–we visited Crater Lake National Park!

Crater Lake National Park is located in Southern Oregon and it’s been on my list of places to see for awhile now. All the pictures I’d seen looked absolutely stunning and since we were pretty much driving by on our way back to Tahoe, it made sense to stop. Cam and I really like visiting National Parks and have had the privilage to go to quite a few together since getting married. Earlier this year (when we went to Yosemite), we purchased the Interagency National Park Pass which grants admission to all the National Parks for a year, and we figured we might as well get some use out of it!

Note to self: Next time you’re going to a National Park, maybe wash your hair? #Whoops

 Since we live in Tahoe and spend so much time by the beautiful lake here, I wasn’t expecting to be that impressed by Crater Lake. However, it was truly breathtaking…and so different from Lake Tahoe! Lake Tahoe is much bigger, surrounded by towns and roads and filled with activity, where as Crater Lake is completely peaceful. Lake Tahoe also has a real variance of color from turquoise to navy blue depending on what part of lake you’re looking at. Crater Lake, on the other hand, is just the most intensely stunning shade of cerulean. (Did anyone else love the cerulean crayon when they were a kid? It was one of my favorites!)

Crater Lake is actually the deepest lake in the United States at almost 2000 feet deep…crazy right? The lake itself is actually in the remains of a volcano that errupted thousands of years ago, and all the water comes from snow or rain since there are no streams flowing in. (1. Thanks Wikipedia for that info 2. I’m pretty sure no one cares about these random National Park facts but me #nerdalert)

 You know what else is crazy? The fact that our dog has been to more states and seen more sights than most people ever will. 

 Oh Lola, you lucky dog.

 We didn’t end up spending too much time at Crater Lake National Park since we were trying to get home, but I’d love to go back one day and explore more of it’s gorgeous landscape. If you ever get the chance to visit, definitely take it because the lake is such a stunningly beautiful sight! Xoxo