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Lake Powell

37°2' 51" N 111°17' 56" W Lake Powell

Nov 21, 2014  –  by Maeva

Lake Powell is close to our previous stops and we went for a drive there close to the city of Page. Wanting to get off the beaten path, we decided to venture North to find more remote spots, following the park’s map. We ended up driving there for a couple of hours, taking the wrong road more than once!

We finally found ourselves on a gravel road in the middle of nowhere. We must have driven for 3 or 4 hours without seeing even one car – not the kind of place you want to have a car breakdown in! We felt as though we were Mad Max in no man’s land between rocks, desert, sand. After hours of wondering where the hell we would end up, we got to the end of the road. According to Google Maps,we were in the water already.  And this is when we realized that thanks to the drought, there was no more lake there… There are many spots at the north of the lake but not many points of access on land (only through very few and very rough roads.) The best way to explore it is by boat.

By the time we got back to the city of Page it was night time and we had to continue going. Clearly it was a bit of a fail because we didn’t even get photos while it was day time.. guess you’ll have to stay tuned for the video!

Crater Lake

42°54' 39" N 122°7' 26" W Crater Lake

Oct 7, 2014  –  by Maeva

As you can tell from our previous post, we almost set camp in the Umpqua Hot Springs to live there as hippies forever. But then lucky for you we thought we’d continue our road trip first – I mean, who knows what Hot Springs Yosemite is hiding huh?

So basically we got to Crater Lake a little later than we should have and missed the sun. Nevertheless, we still got to be impressed by this giant volcanic bowl of very still and very blue water, as well as the little Wizard Island in the middle that has its own little crater (The Witch’s Cauldron). Incredible to think this has existed for over 8000 years, since Mount Mazama erupted. And in case the photos don’t make it clear, it was freezing up there! One of the most windy spots ever.

We took the scenic drive around the Crater to view it from different perspectives and catch some rays of sun between the clouds, before heading back to civilization. As we drove down, we even got to catch a beautiful Vanilla Sky-like sunset.

Crater Lake and The Witch's cauldron
Crater Lake and The Witch’s cauldron
Steph jumping in front of Crater Lake
Steph jumping in front of Crater Lake
Maeva jumping in front of Crater Lake
Maeva jumping in front of Crater Lake
Crater Lake
Crater Lake
Sunset driving down from Crater Lake
Sunset driving down from Crater Lake