We have a leisurely morning and go to Newberry National
Volcanic Monument after lunch.
We like living dangerously – at this Park we are in the middle of a 500-square mile active volcano. Lava flows as recent as 1,300 years ago cover 1,200 square miles. Debri from some of its most violent belchings and eruptions have reached Idaho to the northeast and San Francisc Bay to the southwest.The visitor centre has closed for the season which is unfortunate but on the plus side we are so lucky with the unseasonable, glorious weather that this region is enjoying. Calm, clear blue skies instead of what should be grey “bringing in the snow by now” skies.
We summit Lava Butte
a 500-foot cinder cone via the Red Cinder Road,
explore the lookout tower,
and take in the 360⁰ panoramic views it offers of the Cascade Mountains to the west.
We then complete the Lava Butte rim trail that Martie
makes a point of
and finally, once we’ve descended for the evening’s
we fill in the gaps of our knowledge with the Discovery
Loop trail. We’ve just walked 10-kms without raising a sweat.
We exit in the dark for our trip home.
At the summit we saw the Red-breasted Nuthatch for our
daily tick so when we get home we update our list to discover that we’re on 158