We spent three nights at Lassen NP. We stayed in Manzanita Lake campground. We drove around the park every day as we explored it. We hiked the three mile out and back to Bumpass Hell, and also to Mill Creek Falls. The trail to Kings Creek Falls was closed for repair. We enjoyed all of the volcanic related features. The park has all four types of volcanoes and some obvious evidence of volcanic activity.
The park is actually McArthur-Burney Falls Memorial State Park. The highlight of this state park is Burney Falls. It flows in two parts: over the falls, and through the rocks behind the falls, which gives it the unique curtain-like appearance. This is because of the rock structure behind it. This time of year, June in a dry season, the falls flow just fine but the stream that feeds it is completely dry a mile upstream from the falls. The water comes through the gravel between two layers of volcanic rock.
The park also includes Lake Britton on the Pit River which has a popular boating and beach area. Many who come to the park are there for the lake with the falls a nice diversion. There is a little hiking there but not a lot, so the combination of the lake and the falls seems nice for those who like them. Next time, we will bring our folding kayak, too.
In June, 2015, we met my three sisters in Bandon, OR / Bullards Beach State Park for three days. Bandon is just about half way between Seattle and Santa Rosa, and on the Oregon coast so it seemed like a good choice. Our original choice was Umpqua Lighthouse State Park because they have "deluxe yurts" but they decided to repave the park and close the whole place! So it was off to Bandon.
Bandon is great. Old Town Bandon was nice to see, with good restaurants and shops, and right on the Oregon coast. Bullards Beach State Park is just across the Coquille River. There is lots to do, including touring the town, walking the beach, visiting the lighthouse. We saw the beach at low tide and saw the local critters there, and there was a man who made labyrinths on the sand. There is the Bandon Marsh National Wildlife Refuge for migrating birds but it wasn't migrating season.
I recommend this state park for a visit. It is probably better to visit in July through September for better (warmer) weather, but we had a good time. We had fun flying stunt kites on the beach.
2015 July First Trip
Retirement is great. We bought a travel trailer and are exploring National Parks. (Actually, we bought one and sold it and bought a second one better suited to us. It happens...) And I have time to do some woodworking projects and things around the house. And now I have gotten interested in ham radio so there goes any free time.