Painting is just another way of keeping a diary ~Pablo Picasso
Thursday, August 13, 2015
One of the highlights of our trip to Crater Lake was the ranger-guided boat tour around the lake. This photo, taken during our boat tour, shows the section of the mountain, Llao, thought to be the origin of the eruption 7,700 years ago. It also shows the fabulous shade of blue that Crater Lake is known for. More on the shade of blue tomorrow. For today, Llao. According to stories passed down by the Klamath tribe which resided in the area at the time of the eruption, Llao, the god of the underworld became unhappy with the tribe, beginning roughly 300 years before the eruption. The tribe tried a variety of things to appease Llao, but he wasn't to be calmed. They appealed to Skell, god of the sky. Skell descended to Mount Shasta in Northern California, and Skell and Llao had it out. Skell was victorious, burying Llao forever beneath the volcano. Before the eruption, Mount Mazama stood at over 12,000 ft. After Llao was buried, the height of the mountain was halved, and the deepest lake in the US was born. Crater Lake sits at an elevation of about 6,000 feet, and extends over 1,900 feet below water level.