CRATER LAKE, OREGON:
Steve and Patty had a nice day visiting Crater Lake, the deepest lake in the United States. We watched the park film about the massive volcanic eruption between 6,000 and 8,000 years ago that led to the sinking of Mount Mazama. The caldera cooled allowing rain and snow to accumulate and eventually form a lake.
We hiked from Crater Lake Lodge to Discovery Point, then drove on the 33 mile Rim Drive that encircles Crater Lake. We stopped at Watchman overlook for a view of Wizard Island, a cinder cone that erupted out of Crater Lake 7,300 years ago. Around the other side of the lake is the Phantom Ship Overlook. The Phantom Ship Island is made of erosion resistant lava around 4,000 years old.
Steve and Patty walked along the Deschutes River trail. The river runs through Bend and ends at the city park at Mirror Pond where the Deschutes dam is located. The pre-fall colors reflecting on Mirror Pond made for a gorgeous walk. We then headed to Deschutes Brewery tasting room for tasty Black Butte Porter and Mirror Pond Pale Ale. Deschutes is the 6th largest craft brewery in the nation.
From Bend, we drove south on Highway 97 to a remote area to four wheel drive and collect rocks near the obsidian flow.
Obsidian rocks form when molten rock material cools so rapidly that atoms arrange themselves into a crystalline structure. The result is a volcanic glass with a smooth uniform texture. Black is the common color. Two colors swirled together of brown and black is called mahogany. We found many rocks to give as Christmas presents.
Patty met up with an old Indiana University friend Curtis Hayden and his lovely wife Penny for lunch at the Black Sheep Pub and Grill. Ashville is quaint and lovely. Steve, Patricia and Patty enjoyed the play ‘39 Steps’ at Ashland Theater. That night the Blood Moon full eclipse was in full view and Patty had a good time taking multiple photos of the different eclipse.
Patty stayed with her PSA classmate Merry Cohen for a few days while Steve golfed with his buddies at Mammoth. It was so nice spending time with Merry. We were in the same PSA training class in May 1974. Her weimaraner Archie was a funny puppy, he did not like me hiding his toys!
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