Today we will be visiting another National Park. Lassen Volcanic National Park in California.
Just inside the park entrance there is a beautiful little lake.. Manzanita Lake. Looks like it is a favourite fishing hole in this area, we saw lots of people fishing, including this little boy fishing from a giant log in the water.
We are not really sure if this log is holding this rock from rolling onto the road, or if it is just placed there to appear that way.
These next photos are of Hot Rock. In 1915 when Mount Lassen volcano exploded it blew this “hot rock” 5 miles to where it rests today.
Stopped for a couple of photos at Summit Lake.
We can see Mount Lassen ahead of us.
It was just past here were we spotted another black bear, although called a black bear, this one is blonde… a blonde black bear… We thought it might be a grizzly bear because of its colour, but the very last grizzly bear in all of California was shot and killed back in the 1920’s So that only leaves black bears in California.. and as we learnt, there are blonde black bears and cinnamon black bears.
We reached the summit at 8500 ft and then headed back down the other side. Stopping for photos at Lake Helen.
I had to take a panoramic photo to fit it all in.
Further along we came to a Glacial Erratic.. What is a Glacial Erratic… this is it.
A Glacial Erratic is a huge boulder that should not be here, but has been deposited by a glacier that carried the boulder to this point and then the combination of the glacier melting and the weight of the boulder, leaves the boulder in this spot.
This probably explains it better than I just did.
These wild flowers are called Mule Ears because of the shape of the leaves.
Sulphur Works is our next stop… A very miniature version of the geothermal features that we saw at Yellowstone National Park. One steaming vent and one boiling mud pot.
So that concludes our visit to Lassen Volcanic National Park.
To see all of our photos from today, you can see them on my FLICKR site.