Redding, CA to Klamath Falls, OR., Crater Lake, Lava Bed Nat'l Monument
Klamath Falls Travel Blog› entry 51 of 169 › view all entries
After an overnight at the Elks Lodge in Redding, I continued north east to Klamath Falls, OR. Friends of mine had introduced me to a lady there and off I went on my blind date. Parked at a nice commercial RV park there.
Met my date and found her to be a lovely lady and that we had much in common. We took a day and went up to Crater Lake and discovered a very beautiful place. This lake sits in a huge 5 mile crater on top of a mountain. Many thousands of years ago, the mountain blew it's top creating this lake with the bottom sealed by the lava which flowed during the eruption. Over the years the crater filled with rain and snow melt and is now 1943 feet which makes it the deepest lake in North America and one of the deepest in the world.
On another day, we went south over the CA border to Lava Bed National Monument. Within the monument are cinder cones, shield volcanoes, smooth and ropey lava, rough cinder like lava, spatter cones and chimneys and lava tube caves. We took a tour of one of the caves. Put on hard hats and carried lanterns and down we went. We explored the cave for about 1/2 mile. What an interesting experience it was. The caves were formed when the lava flow slowed and formed the tube as it cooled.
Summary: Elk Lodges: 27, Escapee Parks: 9, Public RV Parks: 12, National Parks: 28, Major Ships: 5, Forts: 15
Expenses: Through June 2003, 15 months on the road with an average of $1868/ month