The Olson's Retirement RV Adventures travel blog

Gophie is moving on.

Into another state, Oregon.

A quick shot of the Columbia River.

We got the 'Welcome To' at 60 MPH.

Connection to downtown Portland from I-5.

Covered bridge at Williams Lake.

Another tunnel. We cannot keep track of how many we been through.

Odell Lake, rest stop.

About 15 miles of straight road. Have not seen that alot.

Gophie wanted to see Crater Lake.

Part of the crater from a distance.

First view, WOW! Approx. 1800 ft from rim to water.

Deepest point 1943 ft. below water surface.

No inlet or outlet, just melting snow.

Minnie volcano in the crater.

The bus made it up with only a little complaining.

Scenery on the horizon.

The view from the bus.

Remnants of the yearly 44' of snow.

More views from different vistas.




Last night we decided we should have a plan for today's travels. We decided to head to Crater Lake National Park. It turned out to be a long day of driving. Going through Portland took a long time. HWY 405 was closed through downtown and traffic was backed up!

We were glad to get off the interstate and on to some roads with better scenery. We followed lakes and did some climbing to get through the National Forest and to the Crater Lake area. It is the hottest day the area has had this summer. The motorhome complains in high altitude on a hot day. She came through for us.

Crater Lake is the deepest lake in the United States. It was formed by a volcano 7700 yrs ago. It is fed by rain and snow (no rivers or streams), It is considered to be the cleanest large body of water in the world. The intense blue color and the clarity of the water confirms how clean and clear it is. The pictures give you an idea of the blue color. It is beautiful.

Here are some facts:

Lake depth: 1943 ft

Lake width: 5 - 6 miles

Annual snowfall: 44 ft

Last time the lake froze over: 1949

We stopped for the night at "Joe's Motel and Campground" in Fort Klamath,OR.

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