This summer was packed full of travel. This is why my posts have been few and far between. I also decided to change focus and work on making my own work. I needed a break from teaching and the “How To” kind of work.
We kicked off our adventure with a road trip to Crater Lake National Park in Oregon.
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- Drive to Winston Oregon (a slight detour) and check out the Wildlife Safari that works with endangered species and has a significant presence in the global conservation mission. Most animals roam free within the 600 acre park.
- Head to our Air BnB Home in Chiloquin and check in- get settled
- Panic because we did not buy our tickets early for the hike on Wizard Island (You need to do this)
- Go to Crater Lake Rim Village and see the lake for the first time.
- Buy the two tickets for the boat tour and hike of Wizard Island. This is the volcano inside a volcano and so worth it! In the future I would have just skipped the boat tour and only done the hike.
- Dinner at Annie’s Cafe in the Park (Vegan burger option) One of only two places to eat in the area.
Note: After Day 1, all other meals we had packed and did not eat out again.
- Head back into the park. Take obligatory photo by the entrance sign.
- Wait in line to get into the park.
- Take East Rim Drive halfway around the lake with GORGEOUS views and get to the trail for the boat docks.
- Hike 1.1 miles straight down into the Caldera at Cleetwood Cove and get to the docks. NOTE: You need to check in for the hike at the TOP of the trail ranger station with your receipt from the tickets. Thankfully, they were kind and did not make us go back up the hill.
- Take boat tour around lake- stop for 3 hours at Wizard Island and hike straight up to the top and back to the bay. Panoramic views. Everyone who loves to hike should do it. Back on boat for the remaining 2 hours of the tour around the entire lake.
- Hike back up the 1.1 mile caldera cliff.
- Take the rest of the drive around the rim and stop at Cloudcap Overlook to watch the sunset
- Easy morning. Pack up and start the drive back home.
Crater Lake National Park