Crater Lake National Park – Clean, Clear, Deep, and Blue.


Entering Oregon was something we were super excited for.  Carrie hadn’t been there yet, so it was her 44th state.  Headed towards Crater Lake National Park, we found a free campsite in a quiet spot on the shores of Klamath Lake and set about relaxing for the afternoon.  We had been using a site called which was hit or miss.  Make sure to read the reviews and find recent ones.  The sky was again smoky from distant forest fires which created a cool haze.  After dark we had to escape into our tent because the mosquitoes were intense.

the way to crater lakeIt the morning we got an early start and made our way north, passing through beautiful empty spaces.  Getting close to Crater Lake National Park we passed many cyclists racing up to the lake.  It looked like a fun ride, but grueling.   Our first view of the lake was very impressive.  I had been here before as a child and enjoyed it then just as much.  My family tells me stories of how I talked about it for weeks.

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Crater Lake with Wizard Island in the middle

crater lakeCrater Lake was created almost 8,000 years ago by the collapsing of a volcano.  It is the deepest lake in the United States, at 1,949 feet deep.  There are a couple of beautiful islands, Wizard Island being the most prominent.  We drove around to the north side, which took a lot longer than expected but was a stunningly beautiful drive.

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Carrie at Crater Lack National Park, Oregon

We parked at the top of the Cleetwood Trail, the easiest way to the bottom.  I had also heard from my father many times about how he had to carry my brother and I back up this trail after the whole family went to the base.  It was much easier now with full-sized legs.  There trail was just over a mile one way and we were quickly at the bottom.  The water was icy cold still even though it was August, but Carrie just had to get in so she cliff jumped off an awesome rock.  You’ll see it in the awesome trip highlights video we are making!  You can never complain about blue blue water and rocks, no matter how cold.

On the way out we joined the traffic headed north for the big event.  It was eclipsing time and we were pumped.  Stay tuned for stories from Solar Town



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Lago de Atitlan – Shopping in Panajachel, Guatemala

The second half of our too-brief stint in Guatemala took place in Panajachel, the biggest town on the shores of the Lago de Atitlan, Guatemala’s largest crater lake.  The enormous blue expanse, ringed by cloud-topped volcanoes on every side, was impressive.

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View from our hostel

There’s no end to boat trips, hikes, kayaking trips, and bike rides you can take from Panajachel (locals call it “Pana”) around the Lago de Atitlan.  There is also an endless street of craft stalls with (allegedly) the cheapest prices in Guatemala.  We took advantage and shopped a lot!

Lago de Atitlan shopping panajachel
Love all that color!

We definitely didn’t have enough time at Lago de Atitlan!  Next time we’ll have to explore the smaller villages surrounding the lake.  It was a great short visit though!


Lago de Atitlan

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Carrie’s 25th birthday at the Lago de Coatepeque

Lago de Coatepeque

On Carrie’s birthday we had quite a day of touring.   After hitting up the Mayan Ruinas del Tazumal, we bussed it back to Santa Ana where we boarding bus 220 (242 works as well) for El Lago, a.k.a. Lago de Coatepeque.  The lake is in a volcanic crater and is sparkling blue and about 6km across.  Its not very far from Santa Ana, but the bus is slow so it takes about an hour to get there.  There is a small village on the edge of the lake with a few hostels and restaurants on docks extending out over the water.  We had a few birthday Pilseners and enjoyed the clear skies and the towering green volcanos around us.  Oh, what a lifestyle.

Lago de Coatepeque
On the way back we took a pit stop in El Congo because we saw an ice cream shop with an ice cream cake sign.  We bought two slices and it was super rich and fantastic.  Carrie said it was a great first birthday in another country!

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