Posts Tagged ‘Northern California’


Day 6 – Lava Beds National Monument

July 12, 2017
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Morning View

It turns out that what you do at Lava Beds National Monument is you go caving. The main selling features of the park are the twenty or so lava tube caves with marked and developed entrances. For someone nursing a sunburn, spending most of the day underground is just about perfect.

Unfortunately, it turns out cave photography is really difficult, especially when all you have for light sources is a 50 lumens headlamp. So I didn’t really get much in the way of usable photos, and the photos I did get really don’t do these environments justice.

Oh well. What I did get follows. Read the rest of this entry ?


Day 5 – Lassen Volcanic National Park, Cont.

July 12, 2017

Another morning, another stand of pines to great me:

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Today was, as expected, interesting. Also, very, very tiring. Actually, it wasn’t so much that today itself was all that tiring. It’s more that the bill from the last several days came due. In the weeks leading up to this trip, I was keenly aware that I was way out of shape, or at least not close to the kind of shape I wanted to be in for the kinds of hikes I was planning.

So I tried to dedicate time to getting back into shape. Tried, and failed. Just the bike ride from San Francisco to the Marin Headlands and back on Day 2 took a lot out of me. So I decided to take it easy the next day. Instead, I hiked a trail with a 2000′ elevation gain. After that and yesterday’s snow shenanigans, I woke up today not wanting to move. But, there were volcanoes and lava beds to see, so I worked out the kinks as best I could and headed towards a trailhead. Read the rest of this entry ?


Day 4 – Lassen Volcanic National Park

July 12, 2017

It turns out I shouldn’t have been surprised by the amount of snow I was seeing in the mountains above Truckee. That was only a light dusting compared to what I encountered today.

I started out in a large turnout off California 89, maybe five miles outside of Lassen Volcanic National Park, in Northeast California.

Upon seeing the surroundings in daylight, I found that the turnout was actually the start of a forest road. I had no idea where it lead, only that it went up, which was good enough for me.

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After some twists, turns, and dead ends, the forest road dumped me out onto an unmarked paved road. Not having a map of any kind, I figured “Down” would take me back to the highway, which it eventually did. Read the rest of this entry ?