Yesterday we woke up in Roseburg, Oregon on our way to Crater Lake National Park. After we had our iced coffees, we passed a baseball team washing cars as a fundraiser and since the truck was still covered in bugs from our drive through Indiana, Iowa and South Dakota, we pulled over for a scrub down. The Roseburg Allstars did a great job and the black stallion looks beautiful again. Next stop was the local farmer’s market where we picked up some delicious cranberry-chocolate biscotti for breakfast. Onward to Crater Lake…
Once we arrived, we couldn’t help but notice that the park ranger collecting entrance fees was wearing a one-piece bug net jacket with a head cover. I thought she was just a wuss, but Randy took this as a bad sign.
We drove into the park and stopped at a lookout to get our first view of the lake. It’s amazing. So deep blue that the water looks like ink. We got a campsite and decided to hang out there for the rest of the day. I washed every dish we have due to the mouse attack and Randy filmed a stop motion video of the tent set-up. It turns out that ranger was not being a wuss about mosquitoes, and our bug tent was definitely a lifesaver…they are brutal here!
( On a side note, it’s the day when Randy and I first met at a photography party in Brooklyn 3 years ago :)
Today we hiked to the top of Watchman’s Trail and enjoyed the beautiful views of the park from one of the highest points on the rim. We hiked the trail down to the lake’s edge and Randy went swimming in the freezing, clear water while I sat on a rock and cheered him on. The hike back up was really steep, but the hardest part wasn’t that it was equivalent to a 75-story climb… it was that we couldn’t slow down or stop for a rest because the minute we did the mosquitoes would attack! We got dozens of bites on the way up and it was hilarious to see other hikers dealing with this situation as well.