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Clear Water of Crater Lake

'Mazama Village Campground' we used as a base camp for the next couple of days to visit Crater Lake National Park. As Y and S's mom, A, arrived by car, we were able to visit parts of Crater Lake and the surrounding area that we possibly could not have seen by foot or bicycle only, but on-the-other-hand, by car we kinda missed areas we might have otherwise enjoyed without a vehicle. I, however, was glad to be in the car and out of the clouds of mosquitos. The mosquito hat I brought received more than a couple of bidders to acquire it from me. 

I was glad we had packed a U-lock and cable and so locked and left the bikes at 'Mazama Village Campground'. 

We drove up the distance from Mazama Village to the edge of the caldera, where we visited the Rim Village Historic District. I liked, as a student of architecture, the rustic style of the building ornamentation. We walked along the edge of the rim astonished by the blue blue beauty of the water in Crater Lake below reflecting the blue of the sky above. While at Rim Village we saw least chipmunks, white snow piles on the rim path and on the interior slope of the caldera, July tourists, and mosquitos, lots of clouds of mosquitos.

Inside the Sinnott Memorial Observation Station I was very happy reading and learning about the names and nature of some of the geology and landmarks, like the massive Llao Rock (click for google images) and the spikiness of the Devil's backbone (click for google images). On display in the Observation Station was also a secchi disk, used for measuring water clarity, and lots of interpretive signage retelling the history of Crater Lake. 

This day we also visited the Crater Lake Lodge and took photos of the lake and the surrounding landscape. 

That evening S, Y, and A went to a Ranger lead campfire lecture but returned shortly to the tents, as overwhelmed by the mosquitos. I was already hiding in the tent. 

The next day we drove back down to Union Creek and visited the collapsed lava tube which then received the Rogue River forming the Rouge River Gorge (click for google images) and Natural Bridge (click for google images), a natural bridge underwhich the Rogue River flowed. 

Then next morning we packed up and S and I bicycled up from Mazama Village (6,004ft) to Rim Village (7,100ft) and turned onto Rim Drive as Y and A left. S and I went clockwise going around the caldera, convenient for our path, but also safer as then we were against the road and the inner rim going in the direction of the automobile traffic. Safer as drivers would be usually looking toward the lake rather than away which if we had been riding the other direction would have meant an impact would push us down Mount Mazama into the forest. 

On Rim Drive just north of Watchman Lookout Station on Watchman Peak, we reached 'North Junction' (7,025ft) turned northwestward, and heading down the mountain. I enjoyed the Pumice Desert (click for google images). That evening we coasted downhill to the northern boundary of the National Park (1,783ft), and decided to head toward Bend, Oregon. We did have as a possible goal of bicycling to Montreal. We headed eastward on Oregon Route 138 then passed a junction with the Pacific Crest Trail again, then reaching the eastern end of Route 138 and turned northeast onto U.S. Route 97 riding into Chemult

I had been wanting to visit and explore Chemult, more thoroughly for years. 


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Mar. 29th, 2011 05:26 pm (UTC)
Wishing you a very happy birthday!

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