February 11, 2007 |
WHEN I decided to visit Crater Lake in winter, I thought about cross-country skiing and ranger-guided snowshoe walks -- and the 43 feet of snowfall this place averages each year. I had worked two seasons at the national park in southwestern Oregon (and when I say two seasons, I mean two summers) -- once as a supply truck driver, once as a cook.
July 1, 2005 |
Picture this: There is a light rain falling and the road leading upward to 6,000 feet is steep and winding, but the car is in good shape, the windshield wipers are whopping out a disco beat and the traffic is light. So why am I leery? I don't trust mountains.
April 13, 2004 |
The LAKE IN THE CRATER IS ROUND AND BLUE. ABOVE IT, on the lip of this blown-out old volcano, the old lodge stands shuttered and snowbound, closed since October. Inside, beyond the empty armchairs and darkened halls, the keeper of Crater Lake Lodge sits in a basement office facing his keyboard. All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy, you're thinking.
May 26, 2002 |
The birth of Crater Lake National Park 100 years ago was a long and difficult one, mostly because Congress in the 19th century thought its remote location made it a loser with tourists. But a Kansas schoolboy's fascination with the idea of a lake inside a volcano became an adult obsession, until the stars finally aligned and, on May 22, 1902, President Theodore Roosevelt signed the proclamation creating the nation's fifth national park.
September 6, 2001 |
Seeking to avert flooding, workers began draining a volcanic lake in the Philippines today, after thousands of nearby residents were evacuated from their homes. Water began trickling out of Mt. Pinatubo as workers carved out a small channel to drain the rising crater lake. A "gentle" flow of water from the volcano's crater spilled into the Bucao River nearby, apparently posing no immediate threat to villages, said Delfin Garcia of the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology.
August 17, 2001 |
A dozen tribesmen with picks and shovels climbed the Mt. Pinatubo volcano Thursday on a dangerous mission to drain a crater lake that threatens their villages with massive floods. Tugging a leashed pig to sacrifice to their mountain god, the Aeta tribesmen planned to carve a notch in the volcano's crater to slowly release water from the rising lake. Accompanied by a dozen porters and two engineers, the diggers are expected to chop 16 feet off the lowest point of Pinatubo's summit.