This past Saturday, after spending a week with my in-laws for an Oregon style family reunion, the hubby and I packed our car and geared up for an eight hour drive back over the California border with our baby boy who is just two days shy of one-year-old. Before we even entered the highway, we decided we wanted to take the longer way home and make a stop at Crater Lake National Park.
Boy, are we glad we did.
After driving 30 or so miles on narrow National Park roads and paying our ten dollar entrance fee, we stopped at the first pullout to see what all the fuss was about.
With ideal weather and minimal crowds, we had stumbled upon this gem — the deepest lake in all of the United States — at the perfect time of the year.
We meandered down the dirt path toward another overlook and…
Ah, perfection. We couldn’t snap enough pictures.
We hopped back in the car and continued down Rim Drive to the Crater Lake Lodge, a place where guests can rock in wooden chairs while sipping coffee and soaking in the magnificent view.
After walking down a flight of outdoor steps, we were greeted by this:
Our camera continued to try its best to do the view justice.
Baby Boy took it all in while riding on Daddy’s back and hanging out with his trusty pal, Mr. Crab. Meanwhile, Mama just couldn’t get enough of the view.
Too bad we didn’t have time to do any real hiking. It would be so cool to be able to hike down to the bottom and touch the water!
We have definitely just added ”Hike Crater Lake” and “Stay in Crater Lake Lodge” to our bucket list. Looking forward to it!