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our adventure to Crater Lake

Crater Lake Adventure | photos by Alyson Brown for Unruly Things

last weekend we took a spontaneous trip to Crater Lake. after living in Oregon for over 7 years, it was about time we made the adventure! it’s about a 2 hour drive from Bend and perfect for a day trip. at 36 weeks pregnant, it’s hard to know how much time we’ll have left for adventuring before this babe arrives, so we packed up a lunch and headed out mid morning.

I’d always pictured going to the lake would be just that. you show up, take a few photos and go home. I had no idea that you could take the 33 mile drive around the lake in it’s entirety, while taking in each stop and lookout along the way. so we spent the entire day exploring. and the views are breathtaking. these pictures just don’t even do it justice. we’ve had quite a few wildfires this summer so it was a bit of a bummer that we didn’t catch it on a super clear and sunny day, but you could still see how incredibly blue the water is.

if you’ve got an opportunity to make it to Crater Lake, I highly recommend. it’s one of those natural wonders that is just so magical, it should be on everyone’s bucket list.

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scenes from our weekend : adventure to Todd Lake

bits of our weekend : adventure to Todd Lake | photos by Alyson Brown for Unruly Things over the weekend we headed to one of our very favorite nearby hikes – Todd Lake. I always describe this hike as magical because it’s just that. exciting for all ages, especially kiddos.

this time of year the wildflowers are in full bloom, which Wolf adores. and what’s even more exciting is that there are thousands of tadpoles in the lake. they’re illegal to take home, but plenty of fun to gently poke at and scoop into little hands to be put back into the water safely. we all wore our Tevas and waded around in the water which was a blast. next time I think we’ll take out bathing suits, at least one for Wolf since he was soaking wet by the end of the hike.

I definitely recommend Todd Lake to any newcomers or visitors to Bend. the views are outstanding and the hike is one of the best around.

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