Sunday, July 20, 2014

Trip to California (part 3) - Crater Lake

We took about 3 1/2 days to drive down to California and stopped at a few fun places on our trek down. The first night we stopped at Crater Lake. I haven't been back there since I was a kid, so it was fun to see it again.

Some fun facts (or fast facts as the sign called them) about Crater Lake are:
Greatest depth - 1,934 feet (592 meters)
Lake depth - deepest lake in the U.S; 9th deepest in the world (the deepest lake in the world is Lake Baikal in Russia and is 5,369 ft or 1,637 meters)
Maximum lake width - 6 miles (9.7 kilometers)
Volume - 5 trillion gallons (19 trillion liters)

The girls were most excited about seeing snow in summer! Papa Gene was kind enough to stop and let them climb around on the snow. Sanaa took one step onto the snow and immediately got upset and then had a meltdown about the snow being too cold and needing her boots. Layla just began climbing all over and even slid down the snow in her dress! Malakai wouldn't go near it.

Nate was able to carry Malakai out onto the snow but Malakai would not let anyone put him down.

Sanaa really wanted to go on the snow but wouldn't walk because she only had her flip flops, so Papa Gene ended up carrying her.

Layla had a blast on the snow and didn't want to leave!

Seeing the lake was fun. I remember it being a beautiful blue color but forgot just how blue it is.

Nate's parents rented us a small cabin for our first night. We ate a picnic breakfast outside the next morning which was fun!

Our first night was rough, but that was to be expected. Sanaa and Layla shared one bed, while Nate and I had the other bed. I set up Malakai's pack 'n' play between the two beds. I went to bed when the kids did since I knew Malakai would freak out at sleeping in a different place. The girls did fine, but Malakai cried and fussed for a good 45 minutes. Nate went over to his parents room to work on homework so that he wouldn't keep the kids awake. Finally around 9pm all the kids fell asleep. However, shortly after 3am Malakai woke up. He stood up in his pack 'n' play and said quite loudly, "Uh-oh!" I think he was startled by where he was sleeping. That of course woke up Sanaa and Layla. It took another 45 minutes for them all to fall back asleep. Nate was the only one to stay asleep during this. The kids weren't loud, but for some reason they had a hard time falling back asleep.

The next morning the kids played a little after breakfast while we packed up.

I took some pictures of the kids next to the trees because we were now headed to the Redwood forest.  I tried to tell the girls that the trees were going to be huge but also took some pictures so they could compare the smaller trees to the large ones.

When we stopped for our 2nd night we did discover that Sanaa's beloved Tiger had been left behind at the Crater Lake cabin. Sanaa cried for a solid hour and I felt horrible for not noticing that we had left it. Papa Gene called the place where we stayed at Crater Lake and they actually found Tiger! Tiger was shipped back to our home and when we arrived back from California he was waiting for Sanaa. I have never seen Sanaa hug something quite that hard. 

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