After finishing my London work assignment in early July I tried to wrap my head around taking seven weeks off work, an unprecedented amount of vacation since starting my first post-college job in 2006. I’m on week five away from the office and I’m still in disbelief that I don’t have to go to work tomorrow. It’s like I think I’m European now! Just kidding, I appreciate and respect the European holiday philosophy and plan to campaign for it here in America…just as soon as I finish my vacation.
I’m trying to maximize every minute away from my desk job. So far, I think I’m doing alright. I spent a glorious two weeks in Greece and Italy with friends, followed by a few final days in London before returning home to Oregon to recover from jetlag and see family before starting an epic U.S. National Parks road trip with my dad. Current status: somewhere in Utah on day 9 of 14 exploring the Western US. Don’t hate me! I promise I know how fortunate I am and will pay the price in September when I have to start my next job and reintegrate into the professional world after almost two months of wearing yoga pants and waking up without an alarm.
Until then, I’m pretending I won the lottery and retired early. Life on the road is great. Especially when your road trip buddy loves driving (thanks, Dad!). Our first stop on this two week journey was in my home state of Oregon at Crater Lake National Park. I can’t believe I’d never taken time to explore this beauty of a park before. It’s our only National Park in Oregon but it adheres to the ‘quality over quantity’ principle.
We spent several hours exploring the historic lodge, driving the 30 mile Rim Road, and taking a guided boat tour around the lake.
Crater Lake is the deepest lake in the US and one of the deepest in the world, thus the deep blue color. I couldn’t stop taking photos.
Fun fact, my parents honeymooned at Crater Lake so it’s a special place for our family. I hope I’m as cool as them someday. Thanks mom for letting me borrow dad for a few weeks. Cheers to the best state in the USA!
Know Before You Go:
- Research park costs, best times to visit, and activities on the official website here.
- Book your boat tour in advance. Details here.
- The Crater Lake Lodge is a gorgeous place to stay, or you can stay at nearby Klamath Falls or one of several campgrounds if you’re feeling outdoorsy.
- If flying into Portland it’s approximately a four hour drive south to Crater Lake. I promise, it’s worth it.