crater lake

Sunrise at Crater Lake, Oregon

TravelSam Graves | @thesamgravesComment

Exhaustion was beginning to set in as I pulled up to the gas station just outside of Grants Pass, Oregon. The clock had struck 10pm and I was dreaming about getting back to my room and a bed to crash on. After having just finished photographing a wedding 20 minutes earlier and driving 9 hours from San Francisco the previous day, the last thing on my mind was another photoshoot. Until my phone rang. 

"Are you in Oregon" said my good buddy Bryan in a text. 

"Yeah, just got done shooting a wedding in Grants Pass" I responded. 

"You should meet Alex and I at Crater Lake" He said. "we'll be there in an hour". 

And in that moment, I knew that I wasn't going to bed, I wasn't going to get the rest I desired. But that what was about to happen next would likely be one of the most incredible experiences I had had to date.

And it was.