Monday, September 1, 2014

Alex At Lassen Volcanic Park



Song:  Theme from The Midnight Cowboy

Composer:  John Barry



We started out with brunch at Carrows.



As Lassen Volcanic Park is but a 2 hour drive from home...
we decided to make a short and lazy day trip there.

This was one of the visitor's centers.
We stopped to gather some information about the park.


I met a friendly Ranger in the visitor's center
(notice the mountain lion on the wall).

He had informed me that the Subway Cave (a lava tube)...
was but a quarter of a mile away.

Alex loves caves...
so off we went to walk the length of the underground lava tube (1/3 of a mile long).





I also love caves...
it is always a very nice temperature underground (average of 46 degrees F)...
and it is very quiet.









Looking back at the entrance.


Moving away from the entrance...
I was suprised at how quickly it had gotten pitch black.


As the whole of the tube was formed from flowing lava...
the surfaces were rather rough.






This is where some of the ceiling had previously come down (when... I do not know).


The exit.

It was a rather short walk...
but I loved the cool temperature underground.

Although this was just a taste of the underground that Alex hasn't
had for several years...I had told him that we will be going on a road trip
sometime this coming spring to New Mexico to see Carlsbad Caverns...
while seeing many side trips along the way
 (White Sands N.M....many places in Utah and Colorado...etc.).


We had to surface walk back to the car.





After leaving the lava tube...
I drove to an area which was supposed to have a large grove of Aspen trees 
(great for fall colors)...
however, the grove wasn't so large.

Although it is difficult to see in this picture...
right where the Aspen grove ends...
just on the far side is where the lava flow had stopped and hardened.

(Lasson Peak)

We then stopped by a short trail head to a meadow.
Ultimately we had to stop just shy of the meadow as the last portion of the trail
was too dangerous for Alex to navigate (he is still a little clumsy afoot)...
and my wife stopped at a foot bridge to rest...
ok...she refused to go further as the trail continued up hill  :)

Although mountain lions and bears rarely roam near used trails...
we still couldn't go too far beyond her stopping point.

When my wife asked me if there were bears in the area...
I simply said to not worry...
a bear would only get the slowest one...
and I then looked at her (she didn't appreciate the joke  :)




Lasson Peak.


Just on the other side of the other foot bridge was my wife's stopping point.


Alex and I went just a few hundred feet up the ridge to see if the meadow was in sight.
We had seen the trail follow a ridge up a mountain side...
and instead of the trail being on the ridge top...
it was on the side facing a fairly steep drop of hundreds of feet to a fast flowing river...
and the ground was loose.  As it would have only taken one slip or fall...
and then the descent couldn't have been stopped...
I took Alex back to where his mother was...
and we continued back to the car.

On the way back along the trail...
when Alex had tripped over a rock and had tumbled to the ground...
I knew my decision to abort the rest of the hike...
was the right one  :)


Chaos Crags from a nearby highway.

We had also stopped at a couple of lakes...
but as we are used to Lake Tahoe and Pyramid Lake...
as well as the nearby reservoirs...
the small alpine lakes at Lassen didn't excite us.

We decided to go back to Reno to eat out at one of Alex's favorite restaurants...
El Pescador (they specialize in Mexican seafood).


Alex loves the chips and the Horchata (spiced rice drink)...


and he especially loves the fried fish.


Although I had the three enchilada special...
from now on, I am going to get what my wife had gotten...


the Seafood Fajitas.

This platter was filled with Abalone, Calamari, Shrimp, Scallops, and fish...
with grilled vegetables...and all flavorfully seasoned.

My wife let me eat some of her dish.
It was superb!

It is my new favorite at this restaurant.


Alex, as always, ate every part of the fish...
to the bone.

We got home...
showered...
and in a short period of time...
we were all fast asleep.

Besides having planned for a Spring trip to N.M. ...
next summer, when Alex participates in the ARML Nationals in Las Vegas...
we will spend a few extra days there so we can go to the Grand Canyon.

This winter...
we will be going to Pyramid Lake.

The sunsets over the lake, with snow on the ground, is supposed to be spectacular.

As Alex is now taking online High School classes...
and advanced math at UNR...
we have much more freedom to go on road trips.

We are going to take advantage of this new freedom to explore more of the world around us.










2 comments:

  1. My son likes caves, too. How cool that you have a nice one that is not too far from home (excuse the pun!).

    Alex really ate that fish clean!

    Looks like you have some fun trips coming up. I'll be reading along to enjoy them vicariously.

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  2. With Alex's much freer schedule, we may go to many more places in the future. I just have to research more thoroughly now. Some time next month, we are going to try our hand at fishing again. It should be trout season then.

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