During our weekend in the Painted Hills of Oregon, Deke came down with a toothache, which gradually lead to us detouring to Bend, in search of a dentist. We called up Rhonda from airstreaming.net and asked for a referral on a dentist and a campground in the area and after explaining our predicament, she graciously offered her driveway (seriously, Airstreamers are the best).

Deke went in Monday for a root canal and after convalescing in Bend for another day (where we also hit the Dogwood Cocktail Cabin which was amazing),

My drink tasted like beets. Which I LOVED.

My drink tasted like beets. Which I LOVED.

we hit the road to Crater Lake. We didn’t intend to see this beauty, but we were so close!

After heading south for about 2 hours, we turned into the park and were kind of stunned at how much snow was on the ground. Yes, we knew the elevation was high, but it’s the end of June! There were patches of snow around the fields and mountainsides which gave way to feet of snow lining the sides of the road as we got higher.

Snow, snow, SNOW!

Snow, snow, SNOW!

Then we hit The Lake. Fortunately on a Tuesday morning there were very few people around, so we could slide right over into one of the lookouts —

Nobody coming.

Nobody coming.

We stayed at the Mazama Village Campground on the southern end of the park, and again, maybe it was because it was Tuesday, but the places was less than half full. We drove around several of the loops and really had our pick of what spot we wanted — we finally chose a nice spot in the B loop that looked out over a ravine. For $29, this might be the nicest spot we’ve ever stayed in the US so far. It was HUGE.

Just two chairs and a fire pit. Over looking a really deep ravine.

Just two chairs and a fire pit. Over looking a really deep ravine.

The pull through drive was big enough for two 27’ Airstreams and two tow vehicles and the fire pit, picnic table and the general yard were enormous. The rest rooms were clean and numerous, but you had to pay for showers at the general store/gift shop/restaurant/laundromat.

I told you the site was big.

I told you the site was big.

We unhitched and headed to the Rim where the Lodge is and took a walk around and some photos —

Crater. Lake.

Crater. Lake.

We would definitely stay at the park again — it was a perfect campsite!