It’s the Centennial celebration of National Parks, and we were delighted to visit a few of these places that have truly left a legacy. One of these is Crater Lake National Park in south-central Oregon, founded in 1902.
Famous for its rich blue color and crystal clear water, Crater Lake was formed 7,700 years ago when a volcano collapsed after erupting. It is the deepest lake in the United States (1,943 feet) and ninth deepest in the world.
The lake stays filled by both rain and snow. If planning a visit, keep in mind that clouds may obstruct the view of the lake. Be sure to check the Web site to see if the lake is visible.
For us, the chance to see the deep blue and clear water was one we could not pass. Seeing firsthand a legacy over 7,000+ years old was well worth traveling the 2,798 miles.