Snow in June? Yup, no kidding.
六月飛霜 (“Snowing in June”) is a traditional Chinese saying to describe a phenomenon (a metaphor for seeing snow in June). And I agree, Crater Lake is a phenomenon. Mount Mazama is a volcano that erupted and collapsed 7,000 years ago. The hole – the caldera – that formed collected snow and water over the years and became what is now Crater Lake. With no contaminants, it is one of the purest lakes on earth.
As of recent years, I find these natural phenomena quite fascinating. What takes tens of thousands of years to build gets taken away in a matter of weeks or hours. According to a documentary1 I recently watched, the lost city of Atlantis (the one described by Plato) was located in the center of a volcano and had vanished when it erupted.
The Foggin’ thing
The thing about seeing things with the naked eye is that the weather is not always on your side. On our way to Crater Lake, we attempted to check out Mt Hood; it was all fog. When we got to Crater Lake, it was no different. Thankfully, of the 3 days we were at Crater Lake, 2 of them were alright.
Here’s Day 2: fog – clear sky – fog – snow – fog – rain – clear sky. If you drag the slider back and forth for the image below, you get the idea [may not work on mobile].
The Road Trip
Remember that no-processed-sugar lifestyle I’m trying to catch on? Well, my exception is when I’m travelling…
Hence the Voodoo doughnuts!
This was one of our sightseeing stops on the way to Crater Lake. No snow here.
I thank JM and KN for accompanying me on this road trip. Even though we may be desensitized by the beauty of British Columbia, I appreciate the wonders of travel, witnessing the unpredictable weather, and learning the languages of one another. “Gok gok ju”, “sic oh foh”, “serteen”. :P
Comments? I’d love to hear them.
1The documentary is called “Atlantis Found”. They claimed Santorini, Greece, as the location where Atlantis used to be. The points they made seemed to align with Plato’s descriptions and were quite interesting, but the way it was presented seemed repetitive (good for commercial breaks?) and so was quite annoying. I do not recommend.