What's with all this volcanic stuff?!
Trip Start Jul 04, 2012
40Trip End Jun 04, 2013
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The Rim Drive around the crater is spectacular with steep drop offs, a volcanic cone in the lake (Wizard Island) and lava tubes forming Phantom Ship (dated at 400,000 years old). We made the trek down 724 feet to the lake to put our feet in, and also drove out to the Pinnacles Overlook. The Pinnacles are located in a deep valley and consist of hardened volcanic ash shaped into spires.
By now we consider ourselves amateur volcanologists and have seen pretty much every volcanic feature, except for an active volcano (if we get to Hawaii, we'll have it made!). We have been very surprised at how much the American West and MidWest has been shaped by volcanic activity and wonder when the next eruption will occur (remember Mount St Helens in 1980?). The reality is our earth is constantly shifting, expanding and contracting......so why not check out California - the home of earthquakes and tsunamis?!?! Ah, no need to be dramatic (I hope)!