I stayed up until 1:30am last night shooting the dam behind our hotel in The Dalles (just east of Portland, Oregon) unimaginatively called 'The Dalles Dam' it made a great target with it's red, white and blue illumination but the late night meant we didn't get started down the road today until 08:00 and how I wish it was prior to sunrise. We came across a beautiful view of Mt Hood from highway 197 south, which would have been bathed in golden light at sunrise, I made the shot anyway but it's missing that magical light. We pressed on through the towns of Bend and Three Rivers before stopping at Diamond Lake Junction Cafe for lunch. From there it's just a 30 minute run to Crater Lake, the diversion made the day a couple of hours longer but we really wanted to see it and we are so glad we did. The main image shows Sarah on the rim trail with Wizard Island behind in this truly stunning lake. When the volcano Mt Mazama collapsed the lake formed in the caldera, there are no inlets or outlets and yet the water remains, replenished entirely from snowmelt and rainfall. At 594 m (1949 feet) it is the deepest lake in the United States giving it an incredible dark blue colour. From this spectacular feature we drove through Cascade Gorge, Grants Pass and finally the Jedediah Smith Redwood State Park to reach our hotel right on the coast of California. The room is excellent, large and spacious with a sea view from the balcony. As the sun set on another beautiful day we went to the beach just 2 minutes from the hotel and made a couple of sunset shots. Tomorrow we'll be having a lay in and a lazy day on the coast.
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