If you Google images of Crater Lake National Park, about 90% of them will be images of sunlit days with rocky crags and meadows free of snow. If you look at the outdoor photos of someone who, like us, actually lived and worked there, however, you'll realize that the dry sunny season only makes up about three and a half months of the year, from about July through the first half of October. The rest of the year looks like this: snowy, with snow on the ground, snow in the air, and snow in the forecast. It's absolutely beautiful, though it does get old after about six months. This was the view one snowy day in early 2000 on our back porch, as yet another blizzard added yet another layer to the snow on the wind chimes.