Cresent City and the Pacific Ocean
Trip Start Sep 01, 2008
44Trip End Nov 19, 2008
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But, oh dear. The rain caught up with us today. When we were packing up the car this morning, the drops were already starting to fall and this was very much a sign of things to come. We didn't let this deter us from our plans and it was with a mixture of naive hope and mild trepidation that we drove south and turned onto the road that climbed up to today's scenic attraction: Crater Lake.
As we drove through the thick pine forests, the rain really pouring down now and the light from the sun barely penetrating the clouds and trees, our hope began to fade. Our view of the road ahead was obscured by cloud, but we knew it was out there, winding its way to the summit of the mountain whose contours were invisible to us. We edged our way up this road, taking care not to go too fast since we could see so little of the tarmac. Then the trees fell away, a sign that we had come to the top of the mountain from which we should have a panoramic view of the surrounding hills and see the stunning feature that we have climbed all this way to catch a glimpse of. Crater Lake is out there, hiding in the cloud, rain and fog. It is a large, lake-filled volcanic crater - the deepest lake in fact in the Western hemisphere.
We drove on around the "scenic rim drive", which should be re-named the "scary rim drive" when the cloud is this low. Off to our left is the cloud-covered lake, off to our right, nothing but cloud as the outer slopes of the crater fall away. When we came round to the visitor's centre we found the rangers as jovial as ever, appologising for the lack of lake views. Apparently in the winter this is a very common phenomenon because the crater is effectively a big bowl that traps cloud and keeps it there for days on end. So we bought postcards with pictures of how the lake looks on a clear day, something that all visitor's would be doing today. And we settled in the warmth of the café for a bit, drinking hot chocolates and praying for the rain to let up. It didn't.
It poured on out of the heavens for the rest of the day, all the way to the Pacific coast.
Where I stayed
Bay View Inn