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Camping Trip FAQ
• Where is the campground? Look up, the address is there. The campground is run by Xanterra, their website is located at http://www.craterlakelodges.com/ and has maps and directions. Since google doesn't like the address, here's a google map link: Mazama Village Campground
• What are our campsites? Campsites are not assigned until you show up and check in. Instructions have been sent out via email.
• Can I bring my dog? Dogs are allowed in the campground, but not on any park trails.
• What about the boat ride? Due to limited number of tickets, uncertain attendance and cost, we're not really planning a group trip. We also have some conflicting info on what times are open. Those interested can call ahead to reserve a boat ride (I was told 2:30 and 3:30 on saturday have the most availability) or try to purchase tickets when we arrive.
• Does the campground have X/Y/Z? the campground website is http://www.craterlakelodges.com/lodging/mazama-village-campground/ or you can call them for any information not listed there. Unfortunately I am not an expert on the campground and have only been there one other time so it is best to direct your questions about amenities or policies to the folks that run the campground.
• What about food? Lou has volunteered to make group breakfasts saturday and sunday morning. I believe Colleen is planning on making a Saturday morning dinner. Everyone should plan on bringing their own lunch foods and possibly dinner for friday night. Yes, there is running water at the campground. There are also several restaurants nearby if you don't want to bother with food at all.
• How many people are coming? I have no idea. Look at the list on the right and your guess is as good as mine. People don't show, people cancel at the last minute, people sign up at the last minute, people show up without signing up. If you really need an accurate headcount I can provide that sometime late on Friday night.
• How much room is there for cars? I have no idea. We can probably fit 2-3 cars per spot. As I have already stated it would be best to take as few cars as possible. I can start trying to match these up, will be sending out an email to ask about who needs a ride and who can drive.
• I have a question not otherwise answered? You can email me at chadcf at gmail dot com. Please note that I am getting a ton of chatter about this event so please try to be concise and please make sure you have read everything here before asking.
I've booked two camp sites at Crater Lake for 9/6 - 9/8. These campsites are large so we can probably hold 12 people or so, though technically we're supposed to pay extra for any more than 2 people per site (they've never made us do this before). I don't have site numbers yet but hope to before we leave...
I anticipate doing the Wizard Island boat tour on 9/7 at 12:30. This tour is $45 a person and includes an informative tour of the lake plus a dropoff at Wizard Island (the volcano within the volcano). It will be entirely optional but those who want to go should make reservations ahead of time. To make a reservation you will need to call them at [masked], they do not take online reservations. I haven't called yet to verify they have availability so we'll see, they tend to be pretty popular...
We'll probably do a hike at one of the surrounding peaks on Sunday for those interested.
Food wise I'm not sure, at this point given the short timeframe it is probably easiest to just plan on everyone taking care of their own meals. Alternatively if someone wants to volunteer to coordinate a group meal on Saturday night that would be fun. I'm a bit tired recovering from vacation and a cold to think about doing so right now...
If we get more interest someone else is welcome to book another campsite, they only run $21 per night and we could hold a few extra people. Parking is going to be limited to some degree so we should plan on carpooling as much as possible, if you have room in your car please add a comment and we can hopefully coordinate some rides. It is about a 3 hour drive from Eugene...
Note that it can be quite chilly in the evenings this time of year and we'll be at a fairly high elevation. On the plus side most of the mosquitos should be gone!
Please don't sign up unless you really mean it! Less than two weeks away so you should be able to make a firm commitment and not tie up spots that could go to other people. It will be $10 per person for the campsite, if there is any overage I'll chip it in to a snack/smores fund. If we do a group meal bring a few bucks for whoever buys food (may be me if I get ambitious).