Ted's Big Perimeter Ride - Day 34

I got up early and (again) packed everything onto the bike. It is now a regular routine, but still takes at least 45 minutes to roll, stuff, and secure the load. I was more anxious to get to Crater Lake than just sightsee more high desert scrub, but I had some distance to travel.

I rode thru Christmas Valley, had breakfast, and moved on. Stopped at the Post Office to mail in my tire rebate, but alas, they were not open on Saturday. Oh, rural America. Shortly after leaving town, I noticed a gathering of people and horses just along side the road. I made a U-turn to check it out. This event was the monthly meeting/contest of the NorthLake Rodeo Association and they were showing off their horse handling expertise. The event I saw was called the Keyhole, where the contestant must charge the horse straight into the circle, make a U-turn and race back out again. It was wonderful to see this performed with precision. The horse must stop from a run and do an about face within the confines of a rather small space and exit in exactly the opposite direction. This is done with the lowest time winning. The times I saw posted ranges from 4.6 sec to 9+ seconds. Clearly there a experts and beginners...but fun to watch.

I continued to aim for Crater, gaining a few glimses of Mt Bailey along the way.

Finally Crater Lake National Park. For the most part, I will let the pic tell the story, with a few comments where they seem applicable. Another rather long day on the road with some hiking included...I was ready for the motel in Klamath Falls.

    Today = 290 miles,
    Total   = 8,175 miles
Riding Time:
    Today = 9-Hours, 05-Min,
    Total   = 10-Days, 13-Hours, 20-Min
The tidy campsite ready to pack up to go...
This is a sign you do not want to miss when you only have a 4-1/2 gallon gas tank - I had just filled up, so I was ready.
Quite a nice little town. Named for pioneer stockman Peter Christman. The name "Christmas" was an early corruption of the name Christman that became entrenched in the vernacular by 1900. Christmas Valley is largely a hay farming community today.
Look at those Petunias
Running into the Keyhole
and...Blasting back out. The winner!
Other contestants
and pretty horses, too!
Mount Bailey in the distance...
and a little closer.

This is not a meteor crater - a hole made by the impact of a big rock from space. Rather, this is a volcanic caldera - a hole made by the collapse of a volcano. 7,700 years ago, the volcano erupted in a cataclysmic explosion. (It took just 48 hours to go from mountain to hollow shell!) During this eruption, so much material was extruded from the internal magma chamber that, afterwards, there was not enough left to support the remaining mountain. It collapsed and created the hole - the caldera - that we now see today half filled with water.
From atop Crater Lake rim you can see some of the fire activity in the area.
Route 230, going west toward Prospect and Diamond Lake have been closed.
Starting off with 2 panorama shots, then a sampling of other views, ENJOY!

At 1,943 feet deep, Crater Lake is the deepest lake in the United States, and one of the ten deepest lakes in the world! The water is so blue because there is hardly anything else in it - just water. It's not pure water, but it's close.
Wizard Island in the Caldera

The lovely couple, Julia and Jesse, who shared some time with me enjoying the views. Jesse said that he was surprised that there was no snow to be seen as on his previous trip here at around this time of year. Best wishes to you both.

The average snowfall at Crater Lake is 533 inches every year, that's about 44 feet. The greatest cumulative snowfall for one season was 879 inches (73 feet) the winter of 1932-33. The greatest depth on the ground at one time was 258 inches (21½ feet) the winter of 1983. Most of the snow usually melts by the beginning of August, although after particularly heavy seasons, there are drifts that fail to melt before the snows return again in the early Fall.

Just me at the Crater.

Sheer surrounding cliffs almost two thousand feet high.

You definitely DO NOT want to run wide in a turn.
Could be a bad hurt rolling down these (unprotected) slopes.

My lovely ride...


Golden-mantled Ground Squirrel, often confused with a chipmunk. Common in central Oregon.
Nearing the end of the day.
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