We have unfortunately now moved inland from the costal areas. I say unfortunately because here, in Grant’s Pass Oregon, there is a heat wave going on. It is a bit much to take because we are now 20 degrees hotter! However, it does cool down at night. We did not have any plans to visit
Crater Lake as we had seen it in years
past. John was considering returning
there, and once I saw that area’s weather report, I needed no convincing to
head north to the lake. Grant’s Pass
sits in the Rogue River valley and our trip followed a scenic byway
along the Rogue River. One of the important spots to see along that
highway is the Rogue River Gorge. We
hiked on an overlook above the gorge and an interpretive sign along the way
noted that the gorge was likely formed by the collapse of lava tubes and the
force of the river as it followed fractures between layers of lava. The river gorge is quite narrow and the river
follows a very rocky and wild course as it tumbles down into the canyon.
At the end of the overlook our trail abruptly ended and the river above the canyon cascades down in a series of waterfalls.The deep blue color of the lake was what immediately caught our eyes. The lake is the deepest freshwater lake in the
topped the beauty which we had just seen.
Off in the distance in the lake we could see
After the eruption the area became an important ritual site for the tribes of the area, they perceive that spirits inhabit the volcanic terain. We did not complete our drive around the rim because it was getting late in the day. There is much more to see at Crater Lake, but we wanted to see the Rogue-Umpqua Scenic Byway before it got dark. The road took us through a pumice desert and offered us stunning views of large rock pinnacles, as well as the rushing