Crater lake - Gods gift to mankind..
We went to crater lake over the long weekend. Covered Ashland (cute little town where shakespear festival is held), Medford (a place with no attractions that happens to have nice hotels and is close to Crater Lake) , Crater Lake and Klamath Falls , Upper Klamath Lake.
1200 miles travel spread over three days. Needless to say, we took lots of pictures.
The secret of the great pictures will be revealed later! On the way we saw many interesting places..
When we saw the sign which said "Weed : Next 3 exits" we were confused.. We knew the stuff was legal in California.. but this ..
Here are some shots including panoramic stitched photos.. (we take 10-12 photos in sequence and stitch them digitally with software)
It was absolutley breathtaking. We drove around the entire rim of crater lake for almost an hour. It used to be a volcano 8000 years ago. Blew its top, got filled with water and subsequently volcanic activity developed another little volcanic top within the water. You get to see a little volcano in the middle of a lake which is on top of a big volcano.
A view from the far side ..
The happy family at crater lake..
Our daughter had some quality entertainment at crater lake, thanks to a Mayan lady and her talking parrot Guacamayo!! She was explaining to us that Guacamayo literally means parrot in mayan language and he was the smallest of the andean macaw's. He said "hola" to the little one and she was thrilled !
Finally, the highlight of the trip was watching the pelicans at Klamath Lake. We have never seen this many pelicans in one place. They were so graceful when they flew and landed.. looked like Pterodactyls in the Jurassic park movies.