On the very final day of our road trip, just as we were about to head back down into the 100-degree heat of Northern California (at last!), SVV and I found ourselves busting out our parkas once more for a quick detour up to Crater Lake.
No, your eyes don’t deceive you. The date was June 26, and there was still this much snow on the ground.
And not just a little snow, but A LOT of snow, too.
Apparently, this is actually semi-normal and not just due to the nutso weather that followed us around the West, as the guided boat tours out on the lake only run from July 1 through mid-September each season. Most of the trails and part of the drive around the lake was still closed, too, so our stay at Crater Lake was quite brief.
Still, I wasn’t expecting this on the drive up from Lake of the Woods, which had been warm enough for me to wear a sundress just that morning.
I mean, seriously—snow? I know I said I miss ski season, but I was plenty fine holding out a few more months.
While I really wanted to see a glassy lake with insane reflections (this was all I got before the fog set in), I must say the snow did only serve to enhance the beauty—as did the haze, which scattered the sun rays and formed a rainbow ring above the lake.
And I couldn’t help but appreciate the irony: Our summer road trip started with snow and ended with snow! Mother Nature is one big prankster. And at present, I am in Oklahoma City, where the mercury sat at 107 degrees at 8pm, and you better believe this very parka is easily accessible JUST IN CASE.
I mean, really, when it comes to my luck, you just never know. Best to be prepared.
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