We are finally back on-line to be able to send some blogs (there are no signals in the area around Lassen).
Lassen Volcanic National Park is 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. The area surrounding Lassen Peak is still active with boiling mud pots, stinking fumaroles and churning hot springs (more about that tomorrow). Lassen Volcanic National Park is one of the few areas in the world where all four types of volcano can be found (plug dome, shield, cinder code and strato).
Volcano lesson (skip to the next paragraph if you are not interested) —- A plug dome volcano is a roughly circular mound-shaped protrusion resulting from the slow extrusion of viscous lava from a volcano. The characteristic dome shape is attributed to high viscosity that prevents the lava from flowing very far. A shield volcano is a type of volcano usually built almost entirely of fluid lava flows. They are named for their large size and low profile, resembling a warrior’s shield lying on the ground. A cinder cone volcano is a steep conical hill of volcanic debris that accumulates around and downwind from a volcanic vent. A stratovolcano (or composite volcano) is a conical volcano built up by many layers (strata) of hardened lava, tephra, pumice and volcanic ash. The lava that flows from stratovolcanoes typically cools and hardens before spreading far due to high viscosity. They are among the most common types of volcanoes and are known for their explosive eruptions — a famous stratovolcano is Vesuvius which destroyed Pompeii in 79 AD.
We have this much to say about northern California. Someone needs to explain what “northern” means to it. We had no idea that it was so hot here. It was over 100 degrees today. Since it was our first day here, we drove around and got our bearings and took a bunch of pictures. We did take one hike to Kings River Falls (next to the last picture). The first and fourth pictures show Lassen Peak. We also found some snow that was taller than our car (which by the way is very cute and we are enjoying renting for a month). The 8th picture shows a boiling mud pot that was right by the side of the road. It was pretty fascinating to watch.