Crater Lake became a national park on May 22, 1902.
For Lynn Ackley, who opened Crescent Towing in Crescent, Ore., 20 years ago, it was a routine service call—a car had blown a spark plug on North Entrance Road inside Crater Lake National Park and was completely disabled. Once Ackley reached the vehicle and struck up a friendly conversation with its owners, however, he found that the circumstances before him were anything but routine.
Q What happened?
A After I got the call, I found them on the side of the road up to Crater Lake. I got them loaded and started down the hill; that’s when they told me they were newlyweds, on their honeymoon, and this was their only chance to see the lake. So I pulled over and said, “Would you like an hour at the top to look around?” I wasn’t so busy that it was something I minded doing.
Q What did they say?
A They said, “That would be great!” I took them up to the top, dropped them off, and left them alone for an hour.
Q What did you do? Some sightseeing?
A I’ve seen that lake more times than I can count—we’re up there four or ﬁve times a week for the tow business. I just drove around the lake a little bit, doing my best to stay out of their way so it wouldn’t look like I was trying to hurry them. There are lots of phenomenal spots in this area. It’s a great place to be.
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This article was first published in May 2011. Some facts may have aged gracelessly. Please call ahead to verify information.