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    By - visited on 8 June 2002

We journeyed into Oregon on the day that we were waiting for the bad weather to pass on Mount Shasta. Consequently, the skies were a bit moody and overcast for our sightseeing but we made the most of it.

Crater Lake is a spectacular place. A deep cobalt blue lake that is held within a volcanic basin, created after 12,000ft Mount Mazama erupted in spectacular style about 7,700 years ago. Oregon is no stranger to big lakes, but this one features prominently top-down in Google Earth due to its colour and rough circular shape. As far as we can tell, it is Oregon's main natural attraction.

On clear still days, you've got a great photograph just waiting to happen. Our pictures on the other hand don't do it true justice at all. Shame. When we arrived in mid-June, we were not expecting snow drifts to be causing problems with our itinerary, however they did. An attempt on Garfield Peak was cut short at the trail head with a sign for trail refurbishments.

Not giving up so easily, we venture west on the Rogue Umpqua Scenic Byway to see some of Oregon's waterfall offerings. All in all, pretty good.