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Whitney Butte in the Lava Beds National Monument

Whitney Butte in the Lava Beds National Monument

There are two great trails to Whitney Butte in Lava Beds National Monument. Either makes a great day hike. Learn all about the butte and the trails and enjoy a short video offering expansive views of the area.

Lava Beds Caves – Book Review

Lava Beds Caves – Book Review

Lava Beds Caves by Charlie and Jo Larson . . . I picked up this 56-page, paper-covered book at the visitor center in Lava Beds National Monument and have used it as the basis for exploring several caves there.  The book begins with twelve pages of background information including: the human history of the area […]

Easy Caving in the Lava Beds

Easy Caving in the Lava Beds

Lava Beds National Monument . . . Lava Beds National Monument is located on the California-Oregon border south of Klamath Falls, Oregon, USA. The Monument offers two, world-class exploration opportunities. The first, that we will address in other articles, is exploration of the history of the Modoc Indian War – the last Indian war fought […]

Unusual Lava Tube Caves

Unusual Lava Tube Caves

Lava Beds National monument . . . There are literally hundreds of lava tube caves with nearly 28 miles of underground passages that we could explore at the Lava Beds National Monument.  We are NOT going to explore them all – just a few.  We already looked at some easy caves.  Here we will explore […]

Caldwell Butte, Cave and Cabin

Caldwell Butte, Cave and Cabin

Caldwell Butte, cave and cabin are located near the south boundary of Lava Beds National Monument, near Tulelake, California.

Winter Wings Festival 2020

Winter Wings Festival 2020

The Winter Wings Festival is the premier birding event in the U.S. Enjoy workshops and lots of field trips to see and photograph all kinds of birds, especially the area’s abundant bald eagles.

Outdoor News April 20, 2018

Outdoor News April 20, 2018

• Conservation Alliance Backyard Collective • Redwoods Rising • National Park Fees Finalized • New at EXPLORE • Economy by Congressional District • Video of the Week: Redwood National Park •

Outfitting Your iPhone X for Adventure

Outfitting Your iPhone X for Adventure

We just replaced our iPhone 4 with an iPhone X.  It will be traveling with us everywhere, but it needed to be ready for adventure first.  To learn how we set ours up, you can . . .

Outdoor News October 27, 2017

Outdoor News October 27, 2017

• Park Service Proposes Higher Fees • Explore the Blog for Halloween • Public Lands Funding in New Zealand • Maryland Black Bear Advisory • Getting Arizona Outdoors • Special Savings for Our Readers • Video of the Week: Upper and Lower Antelope Canyons •

Van Meter Flat

Van Meter Flat

Van Meter Flat is an area of BLM managed land west of Poe Valley, Oregon and east of Stukel Mountain. It offers a nice walk and outstanding views.

Captain Jack’s Stronghold

Captain Jack’s Stronghold

Lava Beds National Monument . . . Captain Jack, Schonchin John and their band of Modoc Indians were attacked by the U.S. Army and local civilians at their winter village on the Lost River, just north of Tule Lake, California on November 29, 1872.  Some of the Modocs escaped the attack by crossing the lake […]

Native American Rock Art

Native American Rock Art

Motivation to Explore . . . If you are a person that needs motivation to get outside and explore, finding a topic that interests you then pursuing that topic may work for you.  Many people like to collect things and it’s quite possible and very enjoyable to collect native American rock art.  Obviously, physically taking […]

Big Painted Cave and Symbol Bridge

Big Painted Cave and Symbol Bridge

Lava Beds National Monument . . . The trail to Big Painted Cave and Symbol Bridge was the backbone of my explorations in this area southeast of Schonchin Butte in the Lava Beds National Monument.  The trail heads toward Schonchin Butte from the road to Skull Cave.  The Skull Cave Road is about 1.3 miles […]

Tule Lake National Wildlife Refuge

Tule Lake National Wildlife Refuge

Exploring the Refuge . . . For a short orientation (with a map) to the Tule Lake Refuge and the other refuges in the Klamath Basin system, check out the article entitled “Wildlife Refuges of the Klamath Basin.” The Tule Lake National Wildlife Refuge offers explorers six opportunities: a great little visitor center at the […]

Thomas-Wright Battlefield

Thomas-Wright Battlefield

or The Battle of Sand Butte – Lava Beds National Monument . . . History . . . The Park Service labels this site the Thomas-Wright Battlefield.  This, the fourth battle of the Modoc War (after the battle at the Lost River, and two battles at Captain Jack’s Stronghold) was actually fought between a U.S. […]

Colorful Birds at Hagelstein Park

Colorful Birds at Hagelstein Park

Hagelstein County Park . . . Hagelstein Park is about 10 miles north of Klamath Falls, Oregon on the east side of US-97.   The 5-acre park offers modern restrooms (although they were out of order at the time of my visit), drinking water, 10 camping spots and boat access to Upper Klamath Lake, all adjacent […]

Gillem’s Camp

Gillem’s Camp

The Modoc War . . . Gillem’s Camp is an important site associated with the Modoc War of 1872 and 1873, although it was only in use for about seven weeks.  Very briefly, the war came about after members of the Modoc Tribe decided to leave the Klamath reservation, where they were confined.  They had […]

Ratings

Rating a place is necessarily a subjective matter.  For our ratings to have any utility to you,  you will need to know our basis for them.  We will be rating components of each site we explore on a scale of one to ten based upon: Scenery: For this scale,  we consider the scope and elements […]

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