Finally getting back to where I left off with the first part of the road trip I went on with my mom at beginning of August! We spent the majority of our second day at Crater Lake National Park which is every bit as amazing as I had hoped it would be. Pictures don’t even do it justice or express just how truly stunning Crater Lake is.
We started our morning off in Bend, where we had stayed the night before. I had checked out some places to go for breakfast ahead of time (foodie probs) and found a cute little juice bar called Mother’s that sounded awesome. They had organic egg scrambles, breakfast bowls, and sandwiches, as well as juice, obviously. I got the Sunshine Scramble and the Morning Buzz, which was a delicious almond milk latte amped up with maca, honey, and cinnamon. After I took my pictures of my breakfast I realized there was cheese in my scramble, but thankfully, my mom hadn’t ordered anything and decided she was hungry, so she got mine and I got new breakfast. Well, same breakfast, minus the cheese. It was really, really yummy. I’d love to go back to Bend and check it out more! And of course, eat more breakfast at Mother’s. 🙂
After leaving Bend, we decided to take the Cascade Lakes Scenic Byway for a more leisurely drive. We stopped off a few times to check out the scenery, because it’s just so beautiful out there! Somewhere along the way, my map reading skills combined with construction and hunger got the best of us, and we ended up taking a Forest Service Road for a short 10 miles – which ended up taking us almost an hour. Talk about an awful, bouncy ride. I was really glad we were in my mom’s car, which has 4 wheel drive, and not my baby Camry, which would not have done so well.
We finalllly got away from the unpaved side roads and back onto the main highway, and it wasn’t a long drive until we got to Crater Lake. As you can see, it is just simply stunning. I think everyone should try to get to Crater Lake at one point, because it is a truly impressive act of nature. We drove down the East Rim, as the West Rim was closed due to forest fires. Still, even seeing only half of it, I was pretty pleased. We went on a few shorter hikes while we were there, and got to see Plaikni Falls, the Palisades, and the Castle Crest Wildflower Garden. Unfortunately, my mom recently got a stress fracture from running, so we didn’t want to go on any hikes that were too difficult and have her get hurt.
One thing about Crater Lake, if you go – bring something for the mosquitoes! My mom didn’t get bit at all, but I left the park with about 15 bites all over my legs. I was dying from the itchiness for days!