A little bit of Oregon

As part of a much larger road trip we spent a lovely few days exploring some of Oregon’s most scenic places. Here’s a tiny snippet of what we did there …

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So it is pretty much what it says on the tin; a giant crater filled with a lake of rainwater but it is awesome (in the truest sense of the word). With the edge still deep in snow even when we visited in May, the turquoise waters create quite a spectacle contrasted against the dark rock and ice of the crater. There are two islands within the lake that can be reached by boat and famously the ‘Old Man of the Lake’, a tree stump that has been floating upright in the lake for over 100 years!

Apparently the water here is some of the purest in the world because there are no rivers running in or out of the crater and so samples of the water are often used for scientific experimentation.

Deschutes National Forest & Newberry Volcanic Monument

Crater Lake was our only pre-planned stop in Oregon and with a couple of days before we had to cross over into Washington we were planning to “wing” the rest of the state. So we got out our trusty map and decided to head for any significant amount of green that we could see between Crater Lake and the Washington border. Where we ended up turned out to be Deschutes National Park which want quite as green as we envisaged but did provide some interesting stops.

Big Obsidian Lava Flow

223120_10151533833749003_1249492903_nWhen you see a sign saying ‘Big Obsidian Lava Flow’ at the side of the road there is no way you are going to just drive on by. It turns out that ‘Big Obsidian Lava Flow’ is just that, a huge area of black glass-like obsidian to scramble across and enjoy vistas of the surrounding mountains. Also great for taking epic apocalypse-esque photos of your travel companions!

Another of the nearby lava fields was famously used for field training in the 1960s by NASA’s Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldron in preparation for the 1969 moon landing.425366_10151533833524003_108310993_n

A final gem that we stumbled across was a particularly picturesque lake nestled into the forest along the road from the Big Obsidian Lava Flow. With small jetties and a couple of boats that had seen better days it was probably one of the most serene places we encountered and was another great photography opportunity making the most of the late afternoon sun.

Photography by Adam Richards and Beth Barrett