WASHINGTON — Crater Lake, Oregon’s only National Park, is situated between Eugene to the north and Ashland to the south. More than 5 million people go to the Grand Canyon every year; less than 750,000 visit Crater Lake. I highly recommend a visit, although perhaps for not an entire week like I did.
7,700 years ago, the 12,000-foot volcano Mount Mazama erupted, then fell, leaving a caldera where the mountain’s peak once stood. The blast was 100 times more powerful than Mount St. Helens. Centuries of rain and snow filled the basin, forming a cerulean blue lake unmatched in color and clarity; no streams run into the lake, so very little sediment clouds the waters.
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