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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

Manzanita from the top

45°45' 3" N 123°56' 34" W Neahkahnie Mountain

Sep 29, 2014  –  by Maeva

Manzanita is another beach, just South of Cannon Beach. But this time we decided to change our perspective and see it from the top. We hiked the Neahkahnie Mountain through the humid forest to reach the very foggy summit. Luckily, when you’re on the coast, it only takes a bit of wind to clear the sky in a matter of seconds. And as soon as that happened, we got an amazing view far out in the ocean and Manzanita beach.

Steph watching Manzanita from the Neahkahnie summit
Steph watching Manzanita from the Neahkahnie summit
Maeva watching Manzanita from the Neahkahnie summit
Maeva watching Manzanita from the Neahkahnie summit