Adventure Van Travels – Exploring Crater Lake

We spent two nights at Crater Lake National Park, but our first afternoon was spent doing camp chores like showers and laundry with only a quick peek at the bluest blue lake I’ve ever seen. Crater Lake is breathtaking! adventure vanSo we woke up early on our only full day in the park so we could see as much as we could. We started our day at the Visitors Center before heading on to the Rim drive which circumvents Crater Lake. We stopped at several viewpoints, but highlights of the day were hiking the steep Mount Scott Trail for amazing panoramic views of the lake and the surrounding wilderness and hiking down the Cleetwood Trail to the lake shore so we could all jump in. adventure vanadventure vanadventure vanadventure vanadventure vanadventure vanadventure vanadventure vanAnd let me tell you, the water was take your breath away cold! I couldn’t even speak when I first got out. Sophie dipped her toes in, Dave got in to his waist, I dove in from the shore, and Naomi, Maya and Garrett jumped off the cliff. I posted a video on Instagram of Naomi jumping, if you want to check it out. I wish I was as brave as they are!

adventure vanadventure vanadventure van By the time we finished the scenic loop, it was already late in the afternoon, so we headed back to our campsite at Mazama and made dinner and tucked in early. Crater Lake is an another amazing National Park. But we had to hit the road. We had plans to visit Dave’s cousin and her precious family in Portland and then on to Mt. St. Helens where we have permits to climb to the top. Can’t wait!

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I love to plan family travel adventures with our four kids. Encouraging time in nature, National Parks travel, backpacking and hiking are my passions and I love to write about them.

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