Fighting the crowds for summer fun

Summer is well and truly here in the Pacific Northwest, and I am so ready for it! Not only do I get to read more on these long summer days, but the weather is just perfect for taking advantage of all the natural wonders in this part of the world.

Jaycee Jarvis on the edge of Crater Lake with Phantom Ship in the background
Jaycee at Crater Lake

Crater Lake has long been on my “bucket list” of places to see, especially since it is the only National Park in Oregon. It is a truly impressive natural phenomenon–it is not actually a crater but instead Mount Mazama erupted and collapsed creating a deep well called a caldera that slowly filled with water from rain and snow melt, creating the deepest lake in North America. It has no inflows or outflows–just rain and snow to keep the caldera at a near constant level, and completely clear to an amazing depth. The deep clear water absorbs most of the light, reflecting back a dark ocean blue high in the mountains.

We were not the only people taking advantage of the early summer sunshine. The park was completely packed with lines of cars looking for parking near the visitors center. While the visitor center and cafe were the most crowded, the entire park was popular, even though it wasn’t fully open for the summer season yet. I had packed a picnic lunch “just in case” and I’m awfully glad that I did. We hiked up to the rim at an out of the way spot for some amazing views–like this great look at Phantom Ship, one of the few islands in the lake.

I’d love to go back, perhaps even earlier in the season, or midweek, and see if we can get the full experience without fighting the crowds so much!

What about you? Do you have any favorite summer destinations or places you want to check off your bucket list?


Jaycee Jarvis has been an avid romance reader since devouring all the Sweet Dreams books her middle school library had to offer. Also a fantasy fan from an early age, she often wished those wondrous stories had just a bit more kissing. Now she writes stories with a romantic heart set against a magical backdrop, creating the kind of book she most likes to read.

When not lost in worlds of her own creation, she resides in the Pacific Northwest with her husband, three children and a menagerie of pets.

Jaycee is a Golden Heart® finalist and author of the Hands of Destin series. The award winning first book in that series, Taxing Courtship, released in June 2018. The final book in that series, Crowning Courtship, came out in May 2021.

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2 Responses to Fighting the crowds for summer fun

  1. sueberger3 says:

    I loved crater lake! One of my favorite illustrators who actually illustrated one of my books KC Snider lives in Bend and her daughter was a Ranger there. We had a wonderful time. KC had arranged for a lot of the guardian angel Authors and illustrators to visit so we could all have a get together. And it is one of my happiest memories. Right now I am in Tucson to do a commercial but I don’t think I’m going to get to do any of the things they told me we’re here to do. Since I go back early Wednesday morning. My favorite place in Los Angeles is a Annenberg Family Beach.

  2. viola62 says:

    I loved Crater Lake and Oregon in general! I’ve been to the Ashland Shakespeare Fest, wine country, and yes, Crater Lake!

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