We only stopped at Crater Lake because I saw on the map that we would be driving right by it. I saw a couple of photos of the beautiful lake, but I was a bit skeptical about a national park whose main attraction was a body of water.
Man, was I wrong. Crater Lake is totally deserving of the protection and prestige that national park designation provides. The color, size, story, and setting of the lake make the body of water a real national treasure.
The lake aside, we picked up three hitchhikers on our way into the park. They were Pacific Crest Trail thru-hikers, and their dedication to the long distance trail reinvigorated my desire to do something similar.
Greetings from Eugene, Oregon. Heading to Portland this evening.
posted by yair