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America’s deepest, bluest lake
Hiking around southern Oregon’s Crater Lake, “I had to be particularly careful to watch my step, so captivating are the views,” said Elizabeth Zach in The Washington Post. The circular lake formed 7,700 years ago, when a massive volcano exploded and collapsed. Over the centuries, its caldera filled with snow. Now it’s the deepest body of water in the U.S.— nearly 2,000 feet at its deepest—and “it has the most haunting blue hue in the country as well.” I didn’t linger at the crowded Watchman Overlook, despite its views. While other visitors rode tour boats, I scrambled down the steep rim to lounge on the north shore’s rocky beach and dip my feet in the cold, clear water. Before departing, I hiked the Castle Crest Wildflower Trail, where I sat in a shady grove, gazing at lupines and buttercups. “It was a fitting way to conclude this tour of a once violent, raging landscape that is now so peaceful and welcoming.”
New Orleans’ haunted history
It’s hard to go anywhere in New Orleans without hearing tales of the resident ghosts, said Patti Nickell in the Lexington, Ky., Herald-Leader. Halloween season is a great time to visit the Crescent City, where people board buses marked “Cemeteries,” voodoo priestesses are treated like rock stars, and the old hotels “sport enough specters to start their own Mardi Gras krewes.” From the French Quarter to River Road, stately homes harbor tales of doomed love affairs and grisly murders. At the Hermann-Grima House, you might see apparitions of soldiers who occupied the property during the Civil War. Tour guides at the Destrehan Plantation will tell you that the 1787 mansion “positively swarms” with spirits. “There are lovesick ghosts, one-armed ghosts,” and, most famously, the spirit of privateer Jean Lafitte, who supposedly buried treasure nearby. It’s said that on moonless nights, his ghost wanders the grounds, looking for the lost loot.