Where are we?
Subj: 151. Where are we?
Date: Wednesday, June 9, 2004
We've finally reached the place where we will be spending our summer.
It's in the Cascade Mountains in the state of Oregon. We are in the
only National Park in Oregon. The main attraction here is a beautiful
lake that is the deepest lake in the United States. This lake is 1943
feet deep and is also the seventh deepest lake in the world. The lake
has no river flowing into it and no river flowing out of it. The water
comes from the snow melt (this place gets an average of 555 inches of
snow a year) and rain. The lake is in a caldera, a large crater that is
formed after a major volcanic eruption followed by the collapse of the
We spent a week in Eugene visiting with Larry's daughter Michelle, her
husband Keith, stocking up with supplies since we knew once we got here
it would be 55 miles to the nearest supermarket, and enjoying
ourselves. We left Eugene on June 1, and drove to a state park between
Grant's Pass Oregon and Medford Oregon. The state park, Valley of the
Rogue State Park, was really beautiful. Our RV site was huge and very
pretty. Of course all of the Oregon State Parks we've seen have been
beautiful. Then on June 2, we drove up to the crest of the Cascade
Mountains to our current location.
Where are we? We are in Crater Lake National Park where we will be
working until October. One of the many things Crater Lake National Park
is known for is the amount of snowfall. Yes, here it is June 7 and
there is still several feet of snow on the ground. The campground is
not yet open because it's under about 3 or 4 feet of snow. The main
road into the campground has been cleared but the loop roads to get to
the individual campsites are still under snow. We are hoping to open
parts of the campground this week but, there's a lot of snow that has
either melt or be moved before the campground can open. Plus, we had an
inch or two of snow last night.
We started working the day after we arrived. The first day was an
orientation. But starting the second day the labor really started.
Adrienne has been working with the people assigned to the kiosk to get
everything set up for when the campground opens. Larry has been helping
getting the grounds around the store cleaned up, doing maintenance on
the rooms in the Motor Inn, moving mattresses, fixing up picnic tables
that were crushed by the snowfall, and lots of other miscellaneous
(but working hard)
In Crater Lake National Park