Day 13 Bend, Oregon - Shasta, California
This was the last day on the open road. Tomorrow we would jump on the nearest interstate and barrel back to San Jose without time for stops or photos.
But we still had one more day and no better way to spend it that to visit volcanoes, or what's left of them after they blew their top.
Recent fire activity in the area was very apparent along the road between Bend and Crater Lake National Park.
First stop - Crater Lake, formed when a huge volcano called Mount Mazama erupted in 5700BC and then collapsed in on itself. The eruption threw up 150 time more ash than Mount St Helena's 1980 eruption. The resulting Caldera filled with water. It has no rivers that run into it and its only catchment is direct precipitation. It is the deepest lake in the USA.
It is huge. I couldn't even get the whole thing in using my panorama app on the phone (without the image getting warped.)
Inside the crater, Wizard Island is the tip of a drowned volcano that rises from the lake floor. You can take a boat trip out to it, or swim!
Even before we left Oregon, we could see Mount Shasta peeking over the horizon as if to welcome us home.
With the moon tucked in on its left flank, it does present a very tranquil sight.
When we got home and checked the total mileage we discovered that our little Prius had driven 4004 miles in two weeks. What a great little adventurer!
We were home safe and sound, with a camera full of pictures, heads full of happy memories and hearts full of gratitude.