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The Waters of Yellowstone

1-100_0691Ahhh, the waters of Yellowstone National Park. Pools, geysers, lakes, rivers. The blues you will see rival the deep blues of the south Pacific. Steam can make the pools look smoky, lighter blues contrast to dark blue skies. In all different parts of Yellowstone you will see some sort of water and how it is central to the beauty of the park. As it starts getting stormy here in the northwest I always start dreaming of and planning our next vacation, and next year we will be going back to Yellowstone! It really is not too early to start planning, you want to make Yellowstone vacations well in advance because they fill up quickly. So to get you in the mood for thinking about planning your Yellowstone stay, here are some of my favorite sights of the incredible water:

Norris Geyser Basin has many pools and geysers. It’s made up of Porcelain Basin, Back Basin and One Hundred Springs Plain. The hottest temperature in the park has been recorded there. They drilled down 1057 feet and the temperature was 459 degrees! This is also believed to be the oldest part of the park. There are dirt and wood boardwalks in areas of the basin so you can walk around and check it out.

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The Yellowstone River runs through the park and you can see all sorts of wildlife. You can also fish in the park but be sure to check the regulations before you do. Helpful staff at the park stores can assist you to figure out which lures are working to hook that big one.1-100_0789

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Yellowstone Lake is a great place to rent a boat and get up close. It’s large enough you have to be sure to watch the weather if you decide to go out in a boat. Calm can quickly change to stormy.

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The Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone is a magnificent sight. Formed by years of lava flows, erosion and glacial melt have created this well-known feature.

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Beautiful pools are out in full sight for you to exclaim over their beauty at many roadside stops in the park:

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The Amazing Old Faithful

Yellowstone National Park is a vibrant, living place with so much to explore and admire. Water is the lifeblood of the park and the variety of ways it shows itself will amaze and delight you. There is simply no way to get through the park without seeing water and its impact on the park.

We hope this starts you thinking about your next trip to Yellowstone. Plan a few days, you won’t want to rush this experience!

You want to see what’s going on all the time in Yellowstone? Check out all the webcams!

http://www.nps.gov/yell/photosmultimedia/webcams.htm

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Crater Lake National Park, Oregon

1-102_2122Crater Lake. One of the most beautiful and well-known lakes in the world. The unbelievable deep blue of the lake, the dark green of the surrounding forest, the lighter blue of the sky – all combine for an eye-pleasing scene. Plus if you are into geology, you have to love the story of Crater Lake. Located in southern Oregon, it is the deepest lake in the United States, second deepest in the western hemisphere and 7th deepest in the world. It is 1932 feet deep and 6 miles wide. The lake was formed when a volcano, Mount Mazama, erupted 7,700 years ago and then collapsed. The water in the lake is from rainfall and melted snow.

1-102_2136Crater Lake National Park is 183,224 acres in size. It was established in 1902 and is the 5th national park to be created. You can drive completely around the lake. The rim drive is 33 miles long. There are over 20 scenic viewpoints. And you’ll want to stop at all of them. Each offers just a little different view of the lake.

There are two campgrounds and two lodges in the park – Crater Lake Lodge and Mazama Village Motor Inn. Crater Lake Lodge is located at Rim Village and has 71 rooms. Mazama Village Motor Inn is seven miles south of the lake and has 40 rooms. Lost Creek Campground is pretty rustic and only has 16 campsites which are tent-only. Mazama Campground has 200 sites and has a dump station, laundry, showers, (but no hookups), a store and a service station.1-102_2139

Hike down to the lake by way of the Cleetwood Trail and you can catch a boat ride that will take you out to Wizard Island. There, you can get off the boat and spend a little time on the island before heading back for the long, steep hike (700 ft. elevation over 1.1 miles) back up to the top of the rim. Or while down at the lake you can fish without a fishing license.

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Stretch your legs on some of the over 90 miles of hiking trails and get up close and personal with some of the little critters and colorful wildlife. Part of the Pacific Crest Trail also passes through the park.

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Of course you will want to stop at the visitor center and gift shop at Rim Village. While there, take the time to treat yourself to a snack and a drink at the lodge which opened in 1915. Hopefully, it won’t be too busy, and you will be able to grab a seat on one of the wooden rocking chairs out on the porch overlooking the lake. Once seated there you can relax and drink in the amazing view of the lake.

1-102_2130Crater Lake is one of the most beautiful lakes you will ever see. Whatever you do, do NOT forget your camera! You simply can’t imagine a lake so blue it almost looks like it has been enhanced through a computer program – it is something you have probably never encountered anywhere else. There is truly no other place like it.

Getting there: From I-5 southbound, take Exit 188 towards Oakridge/Klamath Falls (OR-58). OR-58 turns into US-97. Go south to OR-138, turn west and then go approximately 15 miles to Crater Lake Rd.

From I-5 northbound take Exit 30 OR-62 toward OR-237E/N. Medford/Crater Lake. Turn right onto OR62E. Turn right onto OR-62. Go about 16 miles to the south entrance to the park.

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