It has been a crazy busy couple of weeks around here. With the starting of the new school year, I haven’t had an extra minute to think about my blog…but we did manage a two day escape on one of the weekends in between!

We had a four day weekend for the Labor Day Holiday so we decided to head up to Crater Lake National Park in Central Oregon. It’s a six hour drive so a four day weekend is a must to visit this park for us!

This is a small National Park, pretty much located in the middle of nowhere…but it’s always been one of my favorites.We noticed this time that the majority of license plates were from California, so we guessed that it must be a popular place to visit by folks in the bay area. That being said, the park wasn’t particularly busy. The parking lot at the lodge was never full and the campground was only sold out one night during our stay.

We arrived at the park on Friday afternoon and set up camp. On the drive up we noticed that there was incredibly poor visibility in the crater due to wildfires in California. That was disappointing! It was the last day of August and the second full moon (a blue moon) and we wanted to be up for sunset to snap some photos. We were hoping that the visibility cleared before nightfall. It did….just a bit. Smokey skies can make for some dramatic sunsets!

Enjoying sunset


Fires in the north made for some spectacular sunsets!

The Blue Moon

A view of the lodge from the overlook

The next morning we were up early…not early enough to see sunrise, but early enough to enjoy the morning sweet light. We also enjoyed a wonderful breakfast at the lodge!

Old Ranger Station near the crater

Best view in the house

Inside Crater Lake Lodge

Inside the historic lodge

View of Wizard Island

Walking through the wildflowers

A close up view of Phantom Ship


We enjoyed a beautiful sunset every night…thus, LOTS of sunset photos!

Mt. Thielsen

Hike along Annie’s Creek in late afternoon….left our tripod behind so a bit blurry…

After glow

Moon Rise

Pumice Castle before sunset

Beautiful colors

Looking across the pumice fields

The blue waters of Crater Lake….like nothing else I’ve ever seen!

Not a bit afraid!

Hike through the Pinnacles

There were four other Airstreams in our loop including another 16 ft Bambi! That made us smile!

At our campsite!

My birthday breakfast on the last morning. A special Apple Fritter shipped from South Dakota (thanks Mom and Dad :))