Whiskeytown-Shasta-Trinity National Recreation Area
This National Recreation area is known for its sparkling water, cool forest, wildlife and gold!
Lassen National Park
This park was mostly closed in late May. The visitor center was open. The road to Sulphur works was closed but..
We could hike to Sulphur Works. It was a 2-mile round trip hike to see the sulphur works. The mudpots were a bubbling cauldron in the Spring. The snow melted and mixed with clay causing the mudpots to fill. The sulphur works smells like the Yellowstone National Park mudpots. Rotten Eggs! We had a good visit at the visitor center. The hike to the sulphur works was uphill for 1 mile. I enjoyed the hike and the snow on the ground. 🙂
We hunted for a few geocaches after visiting Lassen National Park. We found 1 out of 3 caches on the way home. The snow & rain wiped out 2 of our caches we were looking for. Overall, it was a good day.
We were camped at the Tulelake Butte Valley Fairground when I found this National Monument on Roadside America App. Kevin and I visited the Poston monument in November. There’s a national park cancellation stamp in the visitor center for the Tulelake monument.
Lava Bed National Monument
In 1925, this National Monument was preserved for its caves & volcanic features. Our first stop was the petroglyph point. This is one of the largest concentrations of North American rock art in California. I wondered what these people wanted to say to us but I can’t understand the petroglyphs. I do understand that its important to preserve this rock art. Also,we saw two Great Horned Owl fledgling at petroglyph point. They’re so cute.
We explored two caves the Valentine Cave and the Mushpot Cave. The Valentine Cave is a self-guided tour with no lights. I was scared in this cave. It was dark, damp and isolated. I’m not much of an explorer of isolated dark caves. The Mushpot Cave is a self-guided tour with a paved walkway, lighting & interpretive signs. I liked exploring this cave. It was fun walking thru the lava tubes in the mushpot cave. I imagine the lava flowing out the cave into the ground above. It was an interesting cave to visit. The mushpot cave is perfect for me to explore.
When you explore the caves, bring a big flashlight so you can see everything on the ground and walls. It gets dark in these caves. The visitor center has knee pads, helmets and flashlights.
I collected 12 national park cancellation stamps in Northern California. My passport to National Parks book is filling up.
Moving onto Oregon for the month of June