Weekly Photo Challenge: Up

Crater Lake, Oregon: We’re all reaching for something in life, be it a goal to travel the world; to earn a promotion at work; to start a business; to master a craft. Without goals in life, we would feel stranded like a boat in a dried up lake, waiting for the next rainfall to keep us afloat. Goals, dreams, ambitions, whatever you want to call them, give us a positive direction to aim for – up.

Crater Lake National ParkThis week’s WordPress photo challenge is “Up,” and I found this picture from my visit to Oregon’s Crater Lake to give us an image to remember when we struggle to meet our goals. Many times our accomplishments are within sight, but it often feels as if someone or something is dangling them just out of reach.

Don’t give up. Whatever it is you want to do, you can do it. You can go UP.


Crater Lake itself is a stunning, natural masterpiece in the heart of Central Oregon. It’s the deepest lake in the United States, and the seventh deepest in the world, at 1,943 feet (592 meters). It’s water is bluer than any I’ve seen in Thailand, and the landscape is unique in that you can drive along the ridge of the crater, peering down into a hole in the world. It might sound odd that a seemingly bottomless lake can go along with the challenge of “up,” but perhaps it’s on your list of places to see before you die…and if it’s not, it should be. Therefore, it’s a goal. And that’s precisely what we’re reaching for.

What are your current goals? Where’s the next place you want to travel?


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Weekly Photo Challenge: Up
Written by:Jessica J. Hill


  1. Richard J. Wilder says:

    Can’t receive pics here at PZ. I did go to Crater Lake twice. Visited Oregon 3 times. The punch bowl walk was the most memorable, along with the strange desert formations in the eastern half of Oregon. Eating fish in small towns along the Columbia river was amazing.

    • jessicajhill says:

      Wow, you might have seen more of Oregon than I have, and that’s where I grew up! It really is a beautiful place, isn’t it?

      • Richard J. Wilder says:

        Absolutely, unfortunately getting a good job there is extremely difficult. If you keep working on your writing, maybe someday you will work there. Then you can take your summer vacations to exotic Thailand, India,… again. Then return to the beautiful Douglas fir trees ( I think). I hate pine trees, coast of Maine, most of South Korea… Green is beautiful, a summer in Thailand for me was GREEN like Oregon.

        • jessicajhill says:

          That would be a dream come true! I was living in Bend for two years before I took off on this adventure, and that was like paradise. I often refer to Bend as home when I meet people out here! But you’re write, finding work outside of the restaurant industry is difficult in a small, resort community. How long have you been abroad?

  2. Autumn Curtis says:

    You’re such an awesome writer Jess you make me even want to visit Crater Lake again! As well as read my goals! Cute pic! I’m catching up on your posts. Love you! Aut

  3. Reach!!!!!

    S. Thomas Summers
    Author of Private Hercules McGraw: Poems of the American Civil War

  4. nelsonRN says:

    “Don’t give up. Whatever it is you want to do, you can do it. You can go UP.” — thanks. i needed these words 🙂

  5. Lily Mugford says:

    beautifully written post. I couldn’t agree more. We have to keep moving forward and reaching higher. Crater Lake sounds wonderful, I will check it out when I complete my around North America tour. Oregon is one of the states I have not reached as yet..

    • jessicajhill says:

      Thank you, Lily! I hope you make it to Oregon – it really is the best of the Pacific Northwest (but I might be a bit biased ;-). When are you doing your tour?

  6. Richard J. Wilder says:

    Jessica, from your blog last year, I remember the 12 hour bus trip to Yangshuo. We have a 4 day holiday next week at PZ, and most of the hotels are fully booked in Yangshuo. I will wait to this summer to visit. Besides your great descriptions of places, there is a lot of practical stuff on your site. Bend Oregon, I remember that’s where the crazy rocks formations start and go eastward from there. Only the Big Island of Hawaii has more land diversity than the state or Oregon.

    • jessicajhill says:

      You’re smart to wait before going to Yangshuo. The holidays are a terrible time to travel in China!

      Yes, Bend is wonderfully diverse. Smith Rock State Park (I also posted a blog about rock climbing there) is one of my favorite places, but I love that we have the mountains, lakes, oceans and desert all in one state! I haven’t been to the Big Island yet. Do you like it better than Maui?

  7. Richard J. Wilder says:

    Never been to Maui. A good Oregon question. What does PRE mean to you? It may not be a fair question. But it reminds me of Oregon, every time I exercise which is nearly ever day.
    Tullimoc cheese? Maybe the state of Washington. I remember it was amazing along with smoked salmon.

    • jessicajhill says:

      PRE means nothing to me as of now, because I have no idea what it is!? Tillamook cheese is definitely Oregon, it’s on the coast, in a town called Tillamook 😉

      Washington is beautiful as well, but I’m biased.

      • Richard J. Wilder says:

        Steve Prefontaine.PRE was his nickname. He was the cornerstone in the now world famous Univ or Oregon track and field program. 2 television movies were made about him. In Boston, there is a complete room dedicated to him at the Nike store. Anyway he was a legend in Olympic history, 1972 Munich long before you were born. Like I said, it wasn’t a fair question to ask someone 26 years old. Again, Oregon is obsessed with the outdoors, and running in Oregon is maybe the best place on the planet to do it.
        I will have to go back and look at the article- Smith Rock State Park and Bend.
        PZ has been a great place to exercise, if you don’t mind the rain. The tempertures are far lower than both Thailand and Cambodia.

        • jessicajhill says:

          Oh of course I know who Steve Prefontaine is. It didn’t register when I saw PRE. Yes, he’s still a very talked about legend, especially in Eugene.

          Is it still raining in GZ?

  8. Richard J. Wilder says:

    Everybody wore outdoor vests. There was these big sports stores with everything outdoors- camping, hiking, boats,…. every possible sporting goods thing. They seem to be everywhere. This is Oregon, right?

    • jessicajhill says:

      Yep! That sounds like Oregon to me. We take our outdoor activities quite seriously….and the state is good for pretty much any kind of sport you might want to find. Snow? Check. Sand dunes? Check. Lakes, rivers and ocean? Check, check, check!

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