Monday, July 21, 2014

One Last Hike

After Bumpass Hell, we decided to continue hiking to Cold Boiling Lake.  We were surprised by the dramatic change in scenery.  It was stunning.

Just stunning.

Miss P taking in the wildflowers and the sheer beauty of it all.  Alas, our legs could take no more and we bid farewell to the park.  I gave the car keys to Miss P and she drove us off into the sunset, ending a most wonderful road trip. 

Some Like It Hot

It was like Hell, the noise that is.  Unbelievable.  Where are we now while in Lassen Volcanic State Park?

We're in Bumpass Hell at 8,000 ft.  Here's the description:

Bumpass Hell is the largest hydrothermal area in the park, and marks the principal area of upflow of steam and discharge from the Lassen hydrothermal system (see illustration in photo gallery below). The temperature of high-velocity steam jetting from Big Boiler, the largest fumarole in the park, has been measured as high as 322°F (161°C), making it one of the hottest fumaroles in the world.

Time for Lunch

We ate lunch at Lake Helen.  My photos don't do justice to the color of the lake. 

At this time of the year, this lake can be half frozen but not this year due to the drought.  Lunch break over and time for our next adventure .....