It was Memorial Day long weekend so we met with a queue getting into the Crater Lake National Park. There is a ring-road around the crater, but the east rim was still closed due to snow. So every vantage point on the west rim was busy.
The lake is formed after a deep (1943 feet (sorry metric system)) caldera formed in Mount Mazama (only dormant) and has filled with centuries of rain and snow. It was unlike anything I’ve seen before, so big (6 miles across) and so very blue.
Mount St Helens is a few hundred km north.
We continued on towards Bend. We arrived in downtown where the locals were gathered beside the river, there was live music. We took a beer from the local and sat on the grass beside the Deschutes River.