August 2010

The day after the marathon…

We woke up early and had a wonderful breakfast at the Lodge. We then drove to the northern side of the lake to catch our boat.  The Park Service runs the tour boats and there can be a rather long line to pick up your tickets.  They seemed to sell out so it is probably better to purchase them online in advance as we did.  I believe the tickets were  $28 and the tour lasted 1 hour 45 minutes.  There was an option to get dropped off at the island for the day (weather permitting).  After you pick up the tickets you must hike down a rather steep dirt road 1.1 miles.  Closed toe shoes would be highly recommended.  The hike down isn’t as difficult as the hike back up…unless it is the day after a marathon and then neither is very easy…

These little guys were running around everywhere…so cute!

Come on Kari…pose!!

Really…just an excuse to take a rest break…

Notice Kari doing the post marathon penguin walk!!

A break for climbing??

What?!  It tried to bite my butt!

Hmmm…as I must make everything a competitive event…

I took this shortcut down!!

Okay…yikes…that is where we are going!!

There’s our boat!!

Our tour guide…Ranger Studler…really!!

We saw a bald eagle & osprey.

The island…you can spend the day here…fishing…etc.

The Lodge on the top of the cliff.

We had a wonderful day on the boat and a very long drive back to Sacramento for our red eye flight home…at least we were all upgraded to First Class…

An amazing weekend!!


Crater Lake National Park, Oregon


7:30 AM

Marathon  Course Closes 1:00pm

Half Marathon  Course Closes 10:00am

6.7 Mile Run  Course Closes 9:30am

6.7 Mile Walk  Course Closes 10:00am

All courses are along the very rim of majestic Crater Lake and are at altitudes ranging from 5,980 to 7,850 feet above sea level. Be challenged by rugged mountains and breathtaking views.


Buses will provide transportation to the start line and back from finish lines as follows: Loading area for those staying in the Mazama Motor Motel or Campground will be in the Mazama Village parking area. Loading area for those driving in on race day will be at the Rim Village parking area. Those staying at the Lodge will walk to the bus loading area in the Rim Village parking area.

We stayed at the Lodge…which is definitely the place to stay!  It books up immediately so reservations should be made well in advance.  We walked down the hill to the Rim Village and caught the bus around 6:15 am.

Pre Race

The starting area…

Brrr!  I don’t know what the temp was, but us Florida chicks were freezing!!


The Race

The gun went off around 7:30 and off we went chasing Bill….who was running fast to warm up…or maybe we were just oxygen deprived??

We still couldn’t believe there was still snow!!

I convinced Kari to make some snow/ice angels…yes it was cold and wet!!

The scenery here was just magnificent!!!!

Water stops were stocked with water and gatorade…

So many of the trees were bowed out like this…anyone know why??  Very interesting…

I am not sure what a grouse is either, but maybe I should check it out??

And yes the hills were much steeper than they look!

Obviously we were having too much fun if I took the time to climb the hill for a pic on the tree…:)

The lake was the most amazing color of blue!!

I’m on fire!  Corny I know!

Kari Queen of the pine cones!!

We stopped at the 6.7 mile finish for watermelon and soda.

The trees just seemed to grow out of the sides of the rocks.

Notice the height of the tree pole…they were along the roads…does snow really get that high??!!

They say 50 feet!?!  Yikes!

We met two really nice maniacs!!

I made Bill wear my gloves…hehe…

The finish for the half marathon…and potty stop….and more watermelon….yea!

The last four miles were on this really nice dirt road…although there was a pretty good climb from 22-24….

Kari thought it was wrong to put a mountain at this point….

But I loved the downhill…and went screaming down…Bill said he clocked me at a 6:50…woo-hoo!

Kari is VERY glad to finish this one!!

The musketeers….

We feasted on watermelon and soda…the finish line food…and jumped on the bus for the ride back…

Kari is worn out…

and we are very dirty….

We rode the bus back to the parking lot where we were met by a ranger with our drop bags and then walked to the hotel to clean up…

This race is breathtaking…I loved it!!

T Shirts & Medals

All finishers will receive a commemorative medal and shirt.


Cristy  5:46.03

Bill  5:46.40

Kari  5:53.06

Post Race

Our very cool room in the lodge…two story loft…only one problem…

The bathroom is upstairs…not such a great idea after the marathon!!

We went down to the Mazama cafe for dinner…it was a buffet…and I was starving!!!

Kari shared a kiss and I shared a smoke…hehe…not really…

We then went back to the lodge to watch the beautiful sunset on the deck.  We spent the rest of the evening in the lodge and ordered a fruit and cheese tray…the restaurant in the lodge looked like a great place for dinner…maybe next time…

We enjoyed the evening in cushy chairs, next to the fire, with this as our view…enjoying the company of good friends…

A perfect end to a perfect day!

Life is good.


Kari and I flew to Atlanta and met up with Bill on our way to Sacramento.   We are spoiled hanging out in the Sky Lounge!!

In order to save a few pennies we flew into Sacramento and would make the 4 hour (okay it was more like 6) drive to Crater Lake National Park.  We also thought it might be a very scenic drive through Northern California.  We spent the night in Sacramento and slept in before driving to Willows to have breakfast.

We stopped at the Black Bear Diner.  This place was adorable!  The portions were huge and everything was delicious…and there were vegetarian options!!  There were homemade pies served in huge cereal bowls…looked very yummy but would have to wait until next time as we were all stuffed!

A little scary that this would be enough of a problem to warrant a sign!!

We drove past some beautiful lakes and had a beautiful view of Mt. Shasta.

We thought this was funny…I know, but hours in the car can make anything funny…

And then we went through the town of Dorris…we could stop here and stay at the Dorris Motel…even hourly…yikes!

Or even have lunch…they now serve good food!!

In Dorris they drive to lunch on lawn tractors…(I didn’t take a very good pic but the guy is waiting to cross the highway on his mower at the stop sign)  We would have missed all this if we would have flown directly into Klamath Falls!!

We finally arrived at Crater Lake…it was simply breathtaking!  We checked in and headed out for dinner.  There are only a couple of choices here.  The Lodge food looked delicious, but was a bit pricey.  We went to the Rim Lake Center, which was just a short walk, and grabbed dinner at the grab and go Cafe…Bill said it used to be a restaurant…but their soup in a bread bowl was delicious!

We came back to the Lodge and sat on the patio and watched the sunset!

We were all tired and decided to go to bed early…we needed to catch the bus at 6:00 am to drive to the race start!