"On the other end of Oregon, by..." Salem Things to Do Tip by slabeaume
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On the other end of Oregon, by the California border is Crater Lake. This is another place everyone should see. The drive around the caldera takes a couple hours. This is a trip that would be hard to take from Salem in just a day, especially if you want to hike down the caldera to the 60 seater motor boats that will take you around the lake. The hike down is steep, but there are alot of benches along the way. The boat ride takes you to the island in the lake---Wizard Island. You can get off there and hike the mile up to it's little caldera. We did and the views were spectacular. I found the wind blown dead trees on top of the Island quite fascinating. We also found out that the little crater inside Wizard Island is how Crater Lake really got it's name. It's a tough hike up the island, and not much of a path. You can also fish in Crater Lake if you want, although they don't stock it. Someone caught a very big trout while we were there. THe boat ride around the lake takes about 2 hours, not counting the time on the island. The hike back up the caldera is quite a hike. Expect the trip to do the boat ride and hike the island and back up the caldera to take about 7 hours. Then go to the visitors/gift center and restaurant and recuperate. Or, if you're lucky, rent a room in the newly renovated Crater Lake Lodge. There's also a very nice looking restaurant there overlooking the lake, but reservations will probably be needed. We ate at the buffet above the gift shop across the street from the Lodge and enjoyed our meal there, and the view of the lake, too.
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