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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

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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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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Jul 9, 2014 - 1914 eruption...who knew..Lassen volcanic national park

Wow who knew ..the unknown national park ..lassen volcanic Mountain erupted in 1914... Like a yellowstone with a mountain... and a lot smaller Good 2-3 day park Fun we hiked the cinder cone, hardest 30 min vertical of my life ! Views were neat AND Abby did it too ! We are headed OUT of California... Will update Nevada and salt lake in a few days Great way to leave California.. buffet in Reno, boys had first prime rib 𯘊

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Sep 4, 2012 - Day 18; Drive from Nevada to Lassen Volcanic National Park

Day 18, Tuesday 9/3. We get up around 8:30. We don't have the bathroom code at campground so we head to the Cactus Pete's casino. We decide to eat breakfast at the Dessert Grill. Bob has an egg breakfast combo and Bill has pancakes. Food and service are great. We tear down the camper and hit the road by 11:30 We head South on US 93. We get on Interstate 80 West and head towards Reno, Nevada. The terrain is dessert like and many stretches of highway look like images #236 and #237. We at least have an occasional train and some tunnels and...

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Jul 28, 2012 - Toilet Paper Anyone?

With a good feeling this morning, we entered Lassen, visited the ranger station, and managed to get a campsite for tonight. After arranging all that, we set out to take a hike. Our original plan was to take one hike in particular, but when we got there, we had no place to park, so we went to plan B. Always have a plan B. Plan B was to hike to the top of Mount Lassen. Due to reconstruction of the trail, the last portion of the trail, .9 miles, was closed. Instead of hiking 2.5 miles and 2000 feet elevation gain, we hiked 1.6 miles and a 1500...

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Jul 7, 2012 - Day 9

We got up and headed into the park. The visitor center had a great video and we dawdled, gawking at the big peaks around us- and trying to name the 4 types of volcanoes, all present at Lassen. As we climbed in altitude, we pulled over for a snowball fight- not knowing how much snow we'd actually encounter. We stopped at Sulpher Works for a quick hike up a hill to a lake we didn't make it to-but we saw neat views, some deer and cool flowers. We listened to a ranger talk and watched some volcanic activity (mudpots mostly) and then headed on...

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