The lovely lineup of brews at the Dunsmuir Brewing Company. Great stop in this small little town.
In the morning, don't miss the pecan cinnamon rolls at the Cornerstone Bakery next door. The best.
Driving past Mount Shasta we were surprised by the lack of snow. I knew it was a dry year, but I didn't know how dry.
Black Butte straight ahead. I've always wanted to hike to the top of that thing, maybe soon...
We got to lava beds and were the only car in the visitor center parking lot. After getting the guide that noted the closed caved (due to bats) we took off down the Cave Loop road to visit some of the developed caves. First stop: Thunderbolt.
Most of the developed caves are only developed in the sense that they have ladders. No lighting or warning signs to point you the right way once you get in.
One direction (towards Labarynth, I think) was closed for bats, but the other direction was open.
When the bats are around they close up the caves.
Every cave needs a Fat Man's misery, right?
David in Thunderbolt
The terrain in the caves changes from smooth lava flow floors to jumbles quickly.
David above one of the cave entrances.
Above ground in Lava Beds
Heading into the next cave.
Cool column in the middle of the cave.
Interesting lava flow patterns.
This cave has a nice smooth walkable floor.
Getting narrower - this is where we turn around.
Inside a Lava Tube cave
Above ground again, lava collapse and cave entrance visible.
Next cave: named for the greyish blue tint to the walls.
Found and carried out some trash. High Life? Really?
Cool patterns on the floor - large shield-like plates with the jumbles along the side.
David walking into a larger cave (Ovis, I think)
Stairs out of the cave - this is the extent of 'developed' in a cave.
Another above ground shot showing the opening to a cave. The long lava tubes have collapsed sections, allowing access to the caves.
A small arch at the entrance to a cave.
Truck next to a collapse trench. We parked at the end of the developed cave loop and explored some 'wild' caves (unmarked and without entrance help). Found some small ones but nothing too exciting.
Frozen moisture on the roof of an ice cave.