If you drive to Crater Lake you typically have a view that highlights the clarity of the sky and the water. The water is amazingly blue - in part because of the clarity of the water.
Unfortunately there have been wildfires going on in southern Oregon. Some were in the Crater Lake National Park, so it was a different view that we experienced. Turns out that there had been several small fires that had changed from being in a smoldering state to being in an active state.
On Saturday night the sun and the moon were seen through red-brown filters. The sky alternated between smoky and less smoky. The air wasn't horrid, but it wasn't refreshing. A Seussian moment...It wasn't a good day for a hike, it wasn't a good day to ride your bike, it wasn't a day to see a blue sky, it was a day that could make tender eyes cry.
Binoculars helped see things with a bit of clarity.
This trip turned out to be less about the view and more about the journey.