Imagining the Views
It was smokey when we went to Crater Lake National Park in Oregon but that didn’t stop us from having some fun. We just happened to pick a time when there where 3 separate large forest fires in the area. They were controlled but the entire area was still very smokey.
I’d love to say that the views from Crater Lake were amazing – What I’ll say instead is I can definitely imagine behind the smoke there where awe-inspiring views. I know the views are great, we just couldn’t see them.
Taking a Hike
We did still have a really good time. I absolutely recommend taking the Cleetwood Cove Trail down to the caldera. It’s a tough trail so take your time and remember you have to make your way back up too. It’s a mile hike and somewhat steep but really enjoyable. Parking is at the top and you just snake down the side of the volcano. At the bottom there is a boat that you can book tours on and you can swim … in the volcano. Who wouldn’t want to swim in a volcano?
Time to Swim in a Volcano
I don’t do cold water and someone had to stay near shore to make sure the 3-year-old doesn’t sink. I did at least put my feet in. The other ones went for it and had a blast. It was chilly but I heard that once you got a little way from the shore you could find some “warm spots.” Me, if I jumped in that water my body would just stop working and even with 10 years of competitive swimming and years being a lifeguard I would just sink to the very deep bottom. There were several cliffs that you can jump from. They were a little taller than what I would be comfortable letting M jump but next time …
It was beautiful and definitely part of my bucket list. The water is crystal clear. If you swim a little off shore you can see a hundred feet down. Randy helped B swim out and when he looked down he screeched in surprise and joy.