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At Crater Lake, Ore., sky and water become one, bathed in blue

At Crater Lake, Ore., sky and water become one, bathed in blue

The California border was just behind us, and Times photographer Mark Boster and I were roaring up a rain-soaked Oregon highway past fog-shrouded forests and green-stubbled boulders. About an hour outside Ashland, Ore., the road began to climb. Pretty soon we were 7,000 feet above sea level and there was snow. It seemed as though we would run out of mountain and launch straight into the leaden heavens. But instead, a great circle of what seemed to be sky burst into view below us, its surface rippling gently. Crater Lake, a caldera nearly 2,000 feet deep and four and a half to six miles across, is a mirror where a mountaintop should be. The Crater Lake Lodge, its sidekick for a century,...

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