I continue to be impressed with Volcanoes and how they formed this Earth we live on....I saw another fantastic film in the VC media room explaining how Lassen Peak erupted in 1915...it was about the same type blast as St Helens only much stronger!! Then I started the road tour of the park and immediately smelled the rotten eggs of Sulphur and heard the hiss of hot steam escaping thru steam vents and saw the bubbling mud spit and spatter up out of the ground..Lassen is the most southerly of the Cascade Volcanoes...it was the last to erupt till St Helen's.
Not since I visited Yellowstone have I seen this kind of activity...it really made me realize how active some areas are and wonder if we should even be driving around there..lol
I hiked one trail to Bumpass"s Hell! There is a legend connected with the name...in 1864 a mountaineer/explorer named Kendall Bumpass and his partner filed a claim on this piece of land with the intention of mining the minerals and creating a visitors attraction.... in 1865 he led the Editor of the RedBluff Independent Newspaper up to view this hydrothermal area...
|the Bumpass trail|
|Bumpass Hell area|
So while he showed them around he stepped through the crust into 240 degree boiling Mud and ended up losing his leg due to the severe burn!! So now there is a boardwalk and even so some sections of it are closed due to explosive hot water geyser-ing forth..SO Mind you I stayed on the trails and never ventured off!
What an amazing blue sky I saw at Lassen!