Old Station, CA
Cave NF Campground
Before we end our Lassen Volcanic National Park stay, we wanted to also re-visit the Subway Cave. It is right across the street from the Cave National Forest Campground.
There are interpretive signs inside the cave as well as outside.
On the ceiling you can see the sparkles. I thought it reminded me of a tortoise shell.
There were interesting small tubes on the ground too.
It's a short walk but very interesting. How many people can say they walked through a lava tube?
This is where a lava bubble formed.
Heading back out and you can see where another small tunnel branched out.
At one point on the way back to the trail you are walking above the lava tube.
Interesting blooms on this plant.
Bizz Johnson Trail on our bikes. The trail winds about 25 miles from Susanville to west to Mason Station along the old Fernley and Lassen branch of the Southern Pacific. The route follows the river and passes over it 12 times on bridges, trestles and two tunnels. You can make a reservation with the local bus service for a couple of bucks and they'll take you and your bikes and drop you off at one of the few trailhead points. Our RV friends, Lee and Trace of Camper Chronicles, work camped at the trail and enjoyed their time there. This link takes you to their site when they took the bike ride. There is a video at the end where Lee got some great drone footage. Unfortunately, we weren't able to get our bikes before we left so we'll have to come back by another time!
Almanor NF Campground
Thought of our RV friend, Dino, when I passed by this sign on the trail.
If you're in California, you've got to try Round Table pizza! What's that mess you see?
Driving along this long winding valley were many huge cattle ranches and barns.
Prosser NF Campground
We loved this site with a view of the lake below.
I'm sure most of you have heard of the Donner Party? Well most of us that have think of the huge Visitor Center/Memorial at the Donner Lake State Park. What I found so interesting is that this is the exact area that the last survivors camped and the infamous cannibalism is said to have happened. They have a nice picnic area and a short interpretive trail. You almost don't notice it is here.
There is a nice boardwalk that goes through the marshy area.
Very few lived through that winter.
Can you imagine eating boiled hides and crushed bone broth?
Field of Dreams. Make a wish!
As kids, we studied this event and have visited here on field trips. I can't believe I didn't know of this spot though. Really cool to visit here.
A quick overnighter.
The American River.
And the take-away of the camper versus our 40' fifth wheel:
Easier to pull, park, set up and tear down.
We can get into very remote places.
Better gas mileage.
SO much easier to wash!
Taking it on/off the truck (this should get better with practice)
Smaller tanks means more water conservation.
Making the bed!
Surprisingly it is very roomy and there is plenty of storage inside. We use the backseat of the truck to carry our BBQ, Firepit and chairs. Our tandem kayak is too big for the camper so we will get 2 smaller ones and mount a small basket on the bumper for them. We still need to install rooftop solar and update the interior a bit. It'll be perfect for our Alaska Adventure.
We've had so much fun with it so far that we may just keep it afterwards!