Day 3 of posting some of my favorite vacation getaways in Oregon. Today's photo is of Crater Lake. I have only been to Crater Lake twice in my life. The last was just a short stop on the way back home from California. There are many camping locations nearby, and I would love to someday stay in the area for a few days again.
A few interesting facts about Crater Lake:
-- Crater Lake is the deepest lake in the United States.
-- Crater Lake National Park is the only national park in Oregon.
-- The lake partly fills a nearly 2,148 ft deep caldera that was formed around 7,700 years ago by the collapse of the volcano Mount Mazama.
-- There are no rivers flowing into or out of the lake; the evaporation is compensated for by rain and snowfall at a rate such that the total amount of water is replaced every 250 years.
-- Crater Lake is known for the "Old Man of the Lake", a full-sized tree which is now a stump that has been bobbing vertically in the lake for more than a century. Due to the cold water, the tree has been rather well preserved.
-- Since 2002, one of the state's regular-issue license plate designs has featured Crater Lake.
-- The commemorative Oregon State Quarter, which was released by the United States Mint in 2005, features an image of Crater Lake on its reverse.