August 13, 2016
Eureka, CA to Lava Beds National Monument, Tulelake, CA
This was another day primarily driving eastward. Passed through the Whiskeytown National Recreation Area, protected by the NPS to preserve several lakes and mountainous areas around Whiskeytown for recreational purposes. It had been occupied by Indians for many years; the 49ers came in search of gold and nearly wiped out these Indians. The river was dammed in 1963 and President Kennedy dedicated the surrounding areas for recreational purposes at that time. Lots of boating and hiking here, beautiful lakes.
On the way, I drove through Weed, CA, a small town big in t-shirts -- I Love Weed, Weed bakery, Weed restaurants, and even a Weed Church of Christ.
I passed Mt. Shasta, the tallest mountain (glacier) around:
Lava Beds National Monument preserves and interprets the volcano history of the area. Volcanos were about 500,000 years ago. The Modoc Indians called the area the “land of the burnt out fires.” White settlers and the US Government more or less killed off the Indians or banished the survivors to Oklahoma. Scenery is different than what I had been seeing, rocks and soil are black.
|Approaching Lava Beds National Park|
|Almost ran into a piece of farm equipment...literally|