Shhh...! Located in upstate California, Lassen National Park
is very much in the middle of nowhere, and we are glad it is.
It's a national park where a majority of the roads leading into
it are still gravel. Let's hope the park service keeps their
"progressive" hands off of it for a while and keeps
it this way. American parks like this are getting harder
and harder to find.
An AZooNY Hat Bear Box
They do see a bit of the white stuff here.
Hot gas of Devils Kitchen
The park's title implies that it is a"volcanic"
park. Well, the name is correct as this truely is a volcanic
national park... and here's the smoke without mirrors to prove it.
Devil's Kitchen hot springs and other volcanic stuff on
a beautiful spring day.
This is Lassen Peak in the background. Though it doesn't look that
high in this 2D photograph, its peak is over 10,000 feet above sea level.
Don't you hate it when you drop your pine cones year after year,
but they just never seem to grow? (location, location, location...)
Hey no! Dump that load in the backyard not the front!
Have you seen my bark?
See what looks like a mountain in the background?
Well it is. The ants on the winding trail are people.
500 feet up
an old volcano cinder cone
Kinda like climbing out of the Grand Canyon. Up we go
in loose gravel but without switchbacks.
Cinder Cone's back. How can it be so hot with snow around?
Here's what's on top. We won't tell you what's at the bottom of the
The northwestern quandrant from Cinder Cone.
Nothing like a Spring hike to make you appreciate mother nature's power.
All this snow must of been a bit more menacing a few months ago.
Lassen Park has no shortage of dead wood or "fire fuel"
on the forest floor. It's a problem no doubt, as it is all
just sitting there waiting to be consumed by fire.
Unfortunely, the park and especially the surrounding Lassen National
Forest (BLM land), is being "thined" at an alarming
rate. We hope they know what they are doing. Seems
a sin to cut down 300 year old trees in the name of progress.