I awoke early to bust out the last 6 miles to Crater Lake. I could get in early, pick up my package, and have a hot breakfast in the restaurant before doing some sightseeing! Those miles went quickly and easily. And once again, through a burn area. Little did I know, there would be more burn areas around Crater Lake before the end of the summer.
So finally, I got to lay eyes on Crater Lake. And just as the south bound hikers had promised, it was even more beautiful than the pictures!
A bunch of us ate dinner at the restaurant, and then built a camp fire at the sites. It was one of the only campfires that we actually had on the trail, because of the dry conditions this year. Some of the RV campers brought over Smore's fixings and we made some s'mores, reclined on the picnic table, and watched the Perseid meteor shower. And then we all retired to our tents at the unheard of late hour of 9:30 pm.
The next day, I zeroed at the lake and took a tour of the lake. Well worth the time to tour! The lake was fantastic, and I was a bit of a minor celebrity on the bus, being a crazy thru-hiker and all!