I can't remember how many times we've been to Crater Lake N.P., but I will never forget the trip during Spring Break, 1995.
It had started snowing by the time we reached the information office at the beginning of the ascent to the lake, so we decided to save time and not stop. We didn't think we needed any info...
The road was completely snow-covered and the parking lot was empty when we reached the lodge.
It was snowing very hard and kind of eerie since the place was deserted, so we started back down the mountain.
When we reached the info office we went inside to check out the gift shop. The park ranger apologetically informed us that the road to the lake was closed due to weather and that we wouldn't be able to visit.
He was shocked when we told him we had just returned from the lake. He wanted to know where Hubby had learned to drive on snow like that.
"Birmingham, Alabama," he replied, in his best Forrest Gu-ump voice.
Before we retired and bought an RV, we flew to Portland and rented RVs several times.
If you're considering buying a recreational vehicle, I would strongly recommend renting before buying.