Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Volcanoes

Wow! It has been a busy few days! Today was "Do a clean install of Windows Day". If any of you have ever done that you know how time consuming it is .... and it's still going! But Sunday, Harley decided he wanted to go for a run. So, not to let him down, I thought we'd go look at some volcanoes ...


Mt Thielsen, at a little over 9000 ft high, was one that stood out like a sore thumb! We saw it from 3 sides and each was equally beautiful. Easy to see why it's called "The Lightning Rod of The Cascades". Diamond Lake is a popular recreation spot in this area. Had lunch there but that wouldn't be a reason for visiting!

Next we ventured up to Crater Lake.

Many of you have probably at least seen pictures of this spectacular caldera. It's about 15 miles south of Mt Thielsen. The caldera was formed by Mt Mazama blowing its top and leaving a giant crater about 6 miles across. It is now filled with water to a depth of about 1900 ft. And yes, the water really is that blue!

Absolutely magic!

Mt Thielsen is about 260,000 years old while Mt Mazama erupted less than 7000 years ago. The ash from the eruption buried much of the base of Mt Thielsen under more than 20 ft of ash. The ash is found in the 4 surrounding states as well as in Montana and Canada. Apparently, it was one of the largest eruptions in the last 10,000 years.

We also used the opportunity to try a little geo-caching. I found my first cache! The second one was a bit too far down a gravel road and Harley didn't have his hiking boots on! I wasn't too keen to leave him next to the main road unattended. He's just too good looking!

Total trip was 199.9 miles! I hadn't been to Crater Lake in over 20 years. It was a nice reunion!

6 comments:

Hyde DP said...

Reading of a 200 mile round trip makes me wish I was still young but nevertheless I can still read about it.

Ame said...

HEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEY BIKER GUYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY!

I know that plaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaace!!! =))) Crater Lake that is....remember? ;)))

Great bike shot too...makes me ITCH to get on one again!

HMMMMMMMMMMM! Good ideeeeeeeea!

Seriously, gorgeous shots!!

I think ya kinda might know a little about what you're doin!

Hehehehehehehe!

;)))

annulla said...

Great shot of Crater Lake. I visited it a long time ago with a friend who was a terrible but confident driver. I still get goosebumps thinking about the way she tried to make a U-turn in a pickup truck on a hairpin turn. Nice lake, horrifying memory.

Mme Benaut said...

These photos are fantastic D. I love the lake and the blue colour. A bit like the blue lake at Mt Gambier?

drpack said...

Crater Lake is pretty much the same as Blue Lake at Mt Gambier in Australia .... just a lot bigger. You know Americans, they have to have the biggest (and 2) of everything! Newberry Caldera (which I'll show you later) is so big it actually has 2 lakes in it!

Lavenderlady said...

This is wonderful! The blue of the lake is so...well, blue!