From Portland we drove south to Crater Lake National Park. Neither of us had ever heard of this until my mum suggested we visit (thanks Mum!) Crater Lake is incredible. A looooong time ago it was a volcano, which then erupted and left behind a crater.
The crater doesn’t have any rivers feeding it or going out of it, so it is totally filled by rain water and snow melt. It is one of the deepest lakes in the world. We spent a night camping near it, and were amazed when on the way to the campground we found snow!
We walked around the rim to the point where the first European explorers found the lake. It was really beautiful to walk along the rim and to see the two islands in the middle of the lake.