We took a little family vacation this summer! This is amazing in so many ways. Not only because we haven’t ever been on a real vacation away in our 21 years of marriage but the sights we got to go see…were truly an unforgettable experience. If you haven’t recognized it yet this is Wizard Island in the midst of Crater Lake in southern Oregon. Though very popular to visit and photograph because of its unique beauty seeing it in person makes on step back and really appreciate all that comes with this view. It was a glorious moment to be a part of. We were reading the history on this volcano, known as Mount Mazama. It is known to have irrupted almost 8,000 years ago. To get to the Crater Lake we drove for several hours through many different kinds of forests and mountains, but once we got within a half hour of Mount Mazama the whole area took on a different kind of landscape. Flatlands with lush grasses, many lakes and waterways, fields full of cattle. I imagined the amount of devastation that happened to make such a dramatic change in the area was immense. After seeing first hand the destruction of Mount. St. Helens I can only imagine the aftermath of this large of an explosion that would dwarf Mount. St Helens irruption. It is said that ash and pumice debris made it all the way to Canada and the Pacific Ocean. Just think, when you are walking on the sandy beaches you may be walking on bits of Mt. Mazama even to this day. We were so thankful to be able to make an escape like this and for us to share it with our eight year old daughter. I think waiting like we did was a good idea, this way our girl is old enough to remember the details. Take time to go and explore, soak in the magnificent and subtle beauty around you.