We woke up pretty early Saturday after a 2 hour time change and early bedtime. I grabbed some breakfast for Esme and we headed to Dani's house. We hung out for a couple hours, packed some lunch and headed north to Crater Lake.
Esme loved all 3 dogs, but especially Link! "He's so cute and he follows me everywhere!"
I was super hopeful we'd be able to access Crater Lake on our trip. They get nearly 45' of snow a year at the top so it's often closed for safety reasons. This was the case a few weeks ago when we first booked our trip, but it was looking clear this day!
The drive up was gorgeous. the further we got, the higher the walls of snow got on either side of the road. By the time we were to the top, it was well over the roof of Dani's car.
They have a gift shop, cafe, and observation room at the top. Here is a model they have of the lake.
This was the first view we got of it from the observation room. We changed in to our snow gear in here.
Esme loved hanging out with Owen.
WOW! The picture is incredible, but it still doesn't do it justice.
We brought a couple of tubes to go sledding as well. There wasn't on official sledding zone, you could just go wherever it was safe. I thought Esme would be more in to it, but the combination of deeper snow, bright sun reflecting and higher elevations made her tucker out pretty quickly. Still the most beautiful place I will ever go tubing or sledding.
Of course we couldn't leave the gift shop without adding a stuffy to Esme's collection. This is BeeTle (emphasis on the "T"), the bald eagle.
We played and rested for a bit back at Dani's house before exploring town.
We stopped at a nearby park to get a little more energy out.
Then we stopped at a local bookstore owned by one of Dani's friends. Dani was so sweet and bought Esme a book and some gel crayons as a gift.
For supper we ordered pizza from Rodeos, They have a ton of fun speciality pies and we got the farmhouse.
Esme finished dinner with a sherbet push pop! That took me back to my childhood. We will have to get some for our house. Esme took another dip in the pool before heading to bed.