2014 Western Road Trip Day 24, Wednesday May 28th

As we pulled out of Klamath Falls this morning, it was a sunny but crisp 49 degrees. We gassed up, $3.77 a gal. the least that we have paid in a week) and headed for Lava Beds National Monument in CA, about an hour and a half away. The drive was mostly over flat farm land before starting a slow but steady climb, so slow that you really have no feel for how high you really are.

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Almost to the Lava Beds National Monument, we came across Tule Lake and pulled over to try to get photo of a flock of White Pelicans. All we got was a shot at the waters and a million mosquitoes on the windows.

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We came in through the north entrance to the park. The first thing we saw was these lava flows.

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The Devils Homestead is a relatively deep crater

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We arrived at the visitors center where Babs & Doe got their passport books stamped and we watched a film.

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After talking with the ranger, we decided that we could only do one cave. The cave was called Mush Cave and it was gentrified for us old folks.

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I don’t like caves!

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After our brief excursion into Mush Cave, we decided to take a “short cut” down a gravel road toward our next destination.  It turned out that the road was closed at the park boundary. Luckily we only had gone a few miles before needing to turn around. Right where we had to turn around was Mammoth Crater so Babs and Doe took the short hike to the rim to take a look.

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After back tracking, we took the only road toward our next destination, the Whiskeytown-Shasta-Trinity National Recreation Area. The road named the Modoc Volcanic Scenic Byway, kept going from bad to worse. There were potholes and pavement breaks that spanned the entire width of the road, large rocks in the road, and fallen trees with just enough of the tree removed for the vehicle to get through. The road narrowed to the equivalent of one lane for long stretches. We didn’t see another vehicle for over 3 hours. It reminded Babs and I of our Alaska trip.

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We finally came to a place where we could pull over, so we stopped at 1:30 to fix a sandwich to eat while we continued to drive.

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One plus of the route was wild flowers along the route.

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Mt. Shasta is in the foreground

Finally we made it to I-5 and after a couple of false starts, proceeded to Redding, CA and our destination, Whiskeytown -Shasta-Trinity Recreation Area. We went to the visitors center where Babs & Doe stamped their passport books and then we took a ride around the lake.

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Our next stop was the Best Western hotel where we had booked rooms. We called a delivery service to pick up salads from Cheesecake factory, which we ate in the hotels breakfast room along with hot dogs Mel and I picked up from Wienerschnitzel.

Tomorrow we go to Lasen Volcanic National Park.

Babs Says: We saw a white pelican today. Watched it as it took flight. I saw a raven and should have heeded his advice.

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