DAY 1 – The Northwest Road Trip, First stop Crater Lake National Park
My husband and I goes on a road trip / vacation often, but this is extra special because we are going around 3 states for 16 days. We’ve been planning this since last year. Planned the itinerary, including numbers of hours and distance driving from one point to the other and searching for affordable accommodation.
Feeling excited… everything packed and ready to go, woke up early and off we go.
Traveling 610 miles along i5 from Oxnard, California, seeing Mount Shasta in front of you while driving will put an awe on your face.
After checking in our hotel in Klamath Falls, Oregon at about 6pm, we decided to drive up to Crater Lake National Park to catch the sunset over the lake.
It took us an hour to get to the park. We were at an elevation of approximately 7,041 feet, 45degF., 5-15 feet of snow on the ground, what an awesome day.
MOUNT SHASTA, CALIFORNIA
Mount Shasta or “White Mountain” is a volcano located at the southern end of the Cascade Range in Siskiyou County, California. At 14,179 feet (4,322 m), it is the second highest peak in the Cascades and the fifth highest in California, the second highest mountain in the Cascade Range (Mount Rainier is 249 feet higher), and the 46th highest mountain in the United States.
Mount Shasta is not connected to any nearby mountain and dominates the northern California landscape. It has has erupted several times in the last 8,000 years, including a large eruption in 1786. Several hot sulfur springs near the summit indicates that the mountain is still active.From Mount Shasta we keep driving 52miles until we reached Klamath Falls, Oregon. Check-in and left for sunset shoot at Crater Lake National Park.
CRATER LAKE NATIONAL PARK, Oregon
The crater that holds the lake was formed 7,700 years ago when a 12,000 foot tall volcano collapsed following a major eruption. The eruption may have been the largest in North America in the past 640,000 years. That hole, or crater, now holds the lake at a maximum depth of 1,943 feet, 4.5 to 6 miles across, in an almost perfect circular shape.
The lake is fed only by rain & snow, no rivers or streams. Likewise, it loses water only by evaporation & a small amount of leakage, but no rivers or streams out-flowing. The average 44-feet of snow in the highest.