|Wow - what a cold morning - most of the droplets of water
on the tent were ice. No wonder my feet were cold last night. Fitful
sleep. Aside from that - the sky was blue and by 9:15 I was headed east
to the big crater.
State Route 138 was the ribbon to get me there. Void of most traffic, mostly dry, deep in a valley - it was twisty - a nice ride. Crater Lake is up there in elevation - 6500 to 7200 ft. This made the temps drop. While I was warm enough I ended up traveling with snow about. The north side of the lake I was in sun but the south side was starting to cloud over. The clouds were rolling over the rim and whisping down towards the water. With the low temps the trees were nicely frosted.
I traveled completely around the lake - clockwise fashion - coming in at the top left. Circling around making frequent stops the camera captured perhaps redundant pictures. After ending at the start I turned back a few miles and stopped at the visitor center - bottom left of the lake.
A snack and a few minutes of the presentation I was thinking about getting back at it. The lady at the visitors desk asked if I would like to see a short video on snow removal operations - sure thing! Cool - no pun intended. I noticed on the drive that there are a few road edges that take dramatic drops. Fortunately there are no guard rails but the drops still exist.
Well the snow clearing crews have to deal with up to 30' snow depths. They use "snow sticks" and a copper marker buried in the roadway to locate the road. Two bulldozers either push the snow out, to a lower depth, to a waiting snow blower or over one of the close edges - without going over themselves. They set that a 1/4 mile of road is "good headway." If the snow was at a uniform 30' depth the daily clearing would be just under 1.2 million cubic feet of snow.
From there I headed out for fuel - a general route chosen. When fueling up - the bike and myself - I decided on a detailed route. Alternatives, alternatives. In the end I chose the standard two lane out to the coast.