|We left the loudest campground of the year after being awakened by the family group of about 20 who were packing to leave at 6:30. The drive through the park was great- we saw where the volcano exploded and devastated the entire area. The highest point on the hwy was 8500 feet and you could see for miles. There were several other volcanoes in the park so the whole drive was interesting. We drove through some beautiful northern California country heading to Nevada. We decided to get on interstate 80 at Reno since we drove on hwy 50 (loneliest road in US) 4 years ago. It was 101 in Reno so we kept driving until @ 6:30. We found the Rye Patch state recreation area about 2 miles off the interstate. There were 2 campgrounds, one on the river and one higher up on the lake which had a better breeze. There were 2 other campers so the difference in noise was amazing! There was a great sunset and coyotes howling and the temperature finally dropped so it was a good night.