California or Bust, Fall 2014 travel blog

Today’s agenda was Lassen Volcanic National Park. It’s beautiful as well as very interesting. The road winds through the forest before summiting below Lassen Peak. I had no idea the last eruption was in 1915. Thanks to a very brave historian and photographer, there are photos of before, during and after that eruption, which occurred over several days. The park service has done a good job of documenting the recovery, both natural and human-encouraged, and hope it will be a guide to restoring Mount Saint Helens in the future.

The weather has cooperated beautifully until now, but today was somewhat smoky and hazy. We found out why when we got back to the campground. There is a fire north of here, in the direction we planned to go, that has Interstate 5 closed. There is another one to the west of that fire that may cause us some grief as well. The reason we chose to come north first and visit Yosemite, etc., later in the trip is the fire that is still burning there. We’ll find out tomorrow if we sit here for a day or two or can move on.

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