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Aug 25, 2018 - big meal, big ride, big hike

I just had to have a meal in the dining car of the Railroad Resort. We didn't go last night because it was said to be pricey. I had a short stack, 4 slices of bacon, and hot tea for $18. Pricey, yes. The 2 pancakes I was served were huge and I had to get through more than half of the plate just because. I was stuffed! I didn't like that it didn't come with butter on them and the syrup was scant so I had to ask for another serving! The bacon was cooked crispy like I asked for and the water for the tea was hot. So, I left there with such a...

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Jun 19, 2018 - Lassen Volcanic National Park

Hello everyone! We left Fallon Naval Air Station on Monday, June 18th. We arrived in Susanville, California yesterday afternoon. Susanville is about 60 miles from Lassen Volcanic National Park. We could get a little closer but I really don't like pulling the RV over difficult, twisting, winding and narrow roads, with steep drop-offs. Lassen Volcanic National Park is one of the lesser visited parks with an average attendance annually of 500,000 or so. Lassen was originally two separate national monuments, designated by President Theodore...

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Jul 14, 2017 - Lassen Volcanic National Park

Destination Lassen Volcanic National Park, the first time for us even though it really isn't far from Sacramento. Turning off I-5 at Red Bluff we spotted a sign that said the road through the park was closed because of the snow. I commented that they must have forgotten to take the sign down. After all it is the middle of July and the high temperatures has been in the 100's for quite a while. They didn't forget, the road was closed. Of course elevation at the park starts at 6700 feet and goes up from there. About the park: Lassen Volcanic...

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The Summer of 2017

Oct 11, 2016 - Chaos Crags Trail

Tuesday, October 11th: Chaos Crags and the Lily Pond Weather: A cold, clear 35F morning and another beautiful blue sky hiking day of 60F; It is totally dark by 19:30 now and not light until 7:00 in the morning Route: Manzanita Campground Road --> Chaos Crags (4 miles RT) --> Lily Pond Loop Trail (1 mile) --> Manzanita Campground - Last night's forecast was for another clear, cold night. For additional warm bedding we decided to break out the mummy sleeping bags, which we normally only use for backpacking. We stayed cozy in the tent but it...

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Oct 10, 2016 - Mill Creek Falls and Devastation

Monday, October 10th (Columbus Day): 4 Lakes and a Waterfall Weather: A breezy 45F and partly cloudy in the morning but clearing to a mostly sunny 65F by afternoon Route: Volcanic Legacy Scenic Byway (CA-89S)--> Kings Creek Picnic Area --> Cold Boiling Lake --> Mill Creek Falls -->VLSB North --> Summit Lake North --> Devastation Area --> Manzanita Campground --> Manzanita Lake Loop Trail (1.9 miles) - We slept soundly thanks to last night's above-freezing temperatures. Hubby didn't need gloves to cook breakfast this morning. - Today we...

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Oct 9, 2016 - Lassen Peak & Bumpass Hell

Sunday, October 9th: Lassen Peak and Bumpass Hell Trails Weather: A dry 39F in the morning warming to 68F under an incredible sunny blue sky Route: Lassen Volcanic Highway South to Lassen Peak Trailhead (about 22 miles) - Washing our faces in the bathroom's cold water was a real wake-up this morning. A few minutes of chilly discomfort after changing out of warm tent clothes into cold hiking clothes were soon dispelled by the warm breakfast Hubby had waiting for me. He even heated a little extra water to wash the dishes in. - We changed...

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Oct 8, 2016 - Back to California

Saturday, October 8th: A day of contrasts Weather: 35F in the morning warming to 81F by afternoon as we drove south Route: Crater Lake Highway --> Oregon Volcanic Legacy Scenic Byway (US-97S) --> Klamath Falls Fred Meyer --> Volcanic Legacy Scenic Byway (CA-89) --> Lassen Volcanic National Park It was quite a day of contrasts. - There was no point packing up the screen house last night as we might normally do. It was still not dry by the time the sun set. The sight of the clear, starry sky made up for the resulting drop in temperature by...

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Sep 25, 2015 - Our July 2015 adventure to Lassen Volcanic National Park

2015 was a drought year for all of California and Lassen was no exception. The snow level on the mountain was down. The lake levels seemed OK but the trees showed some stress. We camped for only one night and took a nice hike to over 10,000 feet for a great view.

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Lassen National Park

Jun 21, 2015 - Brokeoff Mountain (LVNP)

Mount Tehama, a strato volcano, was a thousand feet higher than Lassen and 11 to 15 miles wide at its base. After emptying its throat and partially doing the same to its magma chamber in a series of eruptions, Tehama either collapsed into itself and formed a two-mile wide caldera in the late Pleistocene or was simply eroded away with the help of acidic vapors that loosened and broke the rock, which was later carried away by glaciers. Brokeoff Mountain at 9,235 feet, is an erosional remnant of Mount Tehama and the second highest peak in the...

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Jun 14, 2015 - Lassen Peak (Lassen Volcanic NP)

Lassen Volcanic National Park is located in northeastern California. The dominant feature of the park is Lassen Peak, the largest plug dome volcano in the world and the southern-most volcano in the Cascade Range. Lassen Volcanic National Park started as two separate national monuments designated by President Theodore Roosevelt in 1907: Cinder Cone National Monument and Lassen Peak National Monument. The area surrounding Lassen Peak is still active with boiling mud pots, stinking fumaroles, and churning hot springs. LVNP is one of the few...

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Jun 7, 2015 - Volcanic Anniversary

Last month marked the 100 year anniversary of Lassen mountain's last eruption. In Mid-May of 1915 Lassen's peak erupted in a lava dome. On May 19th, 1915 a huge explosion caused an avalanche and volcanic mud-flow on the northeast flank of Lassen Peak. Three days later the eruption sequence climaxed with a vertically directed explosion which cause a pyroclastic flood of ash and mud. Over the next two years, intermittent steam explosions slowly released the pressure and wound down the volcanic activity. Remarkably, Mount St. Helen's eruption...

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Oct 29, 2014 - Lassen Volcanic National Park

Today we went to Lassen Volcanic National Park. It was a beautiful place; as we traveled along the highway through the park, it was one spectacular view after another. When we thought we had seen it all, another turn around the next curve revealed another "wow"! It snowed a few days before we arrived so the roads were clear but a lot of snow along the road and in the mountains. The lakes were a gorgeous blue and the mountains reflecting across them made for some great photo ops. After we left the park we went down to Redding before heading...

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