Day 47: Attack of the mossies

Trip Start Jun 01, 2010
Trip End Jul 29, 2010

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Crater Lake Mazama Campground

Flag of United States  , Oregon
Saturday, July 17, 2010

Route: From Redding, CA to Crater Lake, Oregon (OR)
Kilometres: 410

We continued inland this morning, holding off brunch until hitting the town of Weed – yes, the official name of the town is Weed, and they definitely play up on that fact when you have a look at their souvenirs! We stopped in at the Hi-Lo Cafe (insert chuckles here too), for quite a yummy brunch (sorry, no special hash or brownies on the menu for those of you curious). Afterwards we continued on a great drive north, crossing the border into Oregon, and making our way into Crater Lake National Park. Just past the gates of the park, we made it to the Mazama Campground, and registered for our site. As soon as we pulled in and opened the car doors, it was seriously attack of the mossies! (aka mosquitoes). They were everywhere, and we doused down with bug spray before setting up our tent.

Having only the afternoon here, we set out to do the Rim Drive, going around the entire perimeter of the lake. We had read recently that this is one of those must-drives in America, and we can definitely see why! Upon our first turn and glimpse at the lake, it was simply stunning – the colour is insanely blue and almost surreal. It is basically a huge crater, but it's got its neat features – like Wizard Island in the middle of the lake, another outcrop that’s been dubbed the 'pirate ship’, and a neat side-road drive to see the Pinnacles (basically frozen ash towers that were created when the gas was escaping up through the lava). We stopped at many fantastic viewpoints along the lake rim, and the view on the other side was even stunning because of the vast surrounding green valleys. There was also a lot of snow left on the sides of the road, so it was easy to understand why many of these roads were actually closed for the majority of the year – there was even a bit of snow left over in parts of the campground! It’s always funny to see people stopping to take pictures of the small bits of snow and climbing over it like a novelty... Cam doesn’t even see it as a novelty anymore ;) (I think he’s a bit jaded after shovelling in his board shorts last year).

The campground general store was a bit limiting here, so we had a very simple tea of hot dogs... which probably suited just fine because I was getting eaten alive by the mossies (even after more layers of bug spray and Cam basically pouring citronella candles on the fire – they were ruthless!). I ended up crawling into the tent early and Cam followed suit shortly after when they finally started biting him! Cold night tonight... perhaps the snow all around was a good indicator...

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