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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.

Juanita Lake California

Juanita Lake California

Juanita Lake is located on the Klamath National Forest in far northern California, just 18 miles south of the Oregon-California State Line on US-97 and 6 miles west on local roads. It is a great, but little known, get-away for campers and lovers of non-motorized water sports

Tule Lake Segregation Center

Tule Lake Segregation Center

On February 19, 1942, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066. The order authorized the U.S. military to arrest Japanese American families living on the West Coast, entirely without due process. Thus began a mass incarceration program that targeted over 110,000 persons of Japanese ancestry based on the false claim of military necessity. The Tule Lake center was the largest of 10 camps where these people were held.

Dolason Prairie Trail – Redwood National Park

Dolason Prairie Trail – Redwood National Park

What started as a quest to find the world’s tallest tree, became the exploration of a great trail in Northern California’s Redwood National Park.  We spent the night on the coast at Gold Beach, Oregon with the intention of driving to the Redwood Visitor Center a mile or so west of Orick, California to pick […]

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 […]

Klamath Basin Bald Eagles

Klamath Basin Bald Eagles

Birding is a great reason to get out and explore our world, but even if you aren’t really into the wide variety of birds to be seen, checking out bald eagles can still be a wonderful adventure for you and your family.  If you want to see lots of bald eagles, the Upper Klamath Basin […]

Lower Klamath National Wildlife Refuge

Lower Klamath National Wildlife Refuge

The Nation’s First Waterfowl Refuge As the above map shows, there are six National Wildlife Refuges in the Klamath Basin. The Lower Klamath Refuge was the first to be designated, in 1908, and also the first in the United States intended to provide refuge to waterfowl. Physically, the refuge is flat.  Before human modification, this […]

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. […]

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