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Miss Potatohead
City: Portland
State: OR
Country: USA
Begins: Apr 29, 2008
Direction: Northbound

Daily Summary
Date: Tue, Aug 12th, 2008
Start: 1830.4--Mazama Village
End: 1840.4--Crater Lake Rim
Daily Distance: 10
Trip Distance: 1,528.6

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First view of Crater Lake

I was in complete awe

I woke up excited to get going and see the lake itself, but within moments of waking, I was roped into a plan to go to breakfast at the AYCE buffet. Yummy. Post stuffing myself with fruit, cereal, scones, eggs, bacon, french toast...etc., I headed over to the store for a shower. Incredible. Breakfast was funny because while I never really felt hungry, I could just keep eating without ever feeling full. I snacked after my shower.

By noon, I hit the trail & climbed up to the rim. It really was a beautiful trail--big open woods with a creek crisscrossing the trail. I reached the rim by 2:30 pm. I kept thinking I was there--I could hear the cars on the rim drive, and the climb was steep enough that I sometimes thought I was looking up at the edge itself when in reality it was just the hill continuing up. Coming up over the edge, I felt like some kind of explorer, discovering an ocean for the first time. It is a huge inland sea. Despite tourists, clicking away on their cameras, I still imagined myself being the first person to ever see this colossal body of water. I was in complete awe. Beautiful & Gorgeous & I spent several hours simply sitting, walking around & constantly gazing at the lake. By evening, I decided to hike out along the rim & try to find a spot to stealth camp where I could wake up to a sunrise over the lake. As I walked, I kept pausing to take pictures or simply to watch the lake at sunset. The sun reflects its light against the far eastern ridge of the rim, but the western rim blocks it from reaching the lake itself, leaving Wizard Island in the shadow of the peaks surrounding it. The lake doesn't reflect the sunset ever; it just gets darker & darker and deepens to an inky black. It's a good thing not everywhere on the PCT is this scenic, or I would neve have made it this far. It took me 3 hours to walk 6 miles, because I was pausing to look so much.

By the time I had reached the 6-mile mark, it had turned windy and cold. I chose a campsite down off the rim in a grove of pines to block the wind, and settled in for the night.

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The Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) is a 2,650-mile national scenic trail that runs from Mexico to Canada through California, Oregon and Washington. The PCT traverses 24 national forests, 37 wilderness areas and 7 national parks. The PCT passes through 6 out of 7 of North Americas ecozones. Learn more:


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