Sunday, May 27, 2012

Lava Beds National Monument, near Tulelake, CA.

Today we visited Lava Beds National Monument and got to go into four caves,  These are not your regular caves with stalactites and stalagmites.  These are caves made by lava flows.  You hike inside the flows. Debbie was a real trooper today, she walked all four caves and the trails leading to them.  We visited 3 caves on our own and toured Valentine Cave with a Park Service Rangers and 3 other people.  Valentine Cave got its name because it was found on Valentines Day 1933.

Debbie inside the top of Black Crater
Debbie at the mouth of Heppe Cave, with flashlight in hand
Heading down into Valentine Cave
Inside Valentine Cave
Inside a lava flow tube at Valentine Cave
A pooped old lady resting on her cane
Day 2 at Tulelake and we headed out to see petroglyphs at Petroglyph Point. These petroglyphs are carvings in stone by ancient peoples.  Due to weather it is hard to date these petroglyphs, but they believe that they are 5,000-6,000 years old.   It is believed that Tule Lake which is now several miles away, or other water source, was here and that the ancient people came here by boat and made these petroglyphs.  They are at different levels, so they think that there were different water levels over the ages.   We don't know what they mean.  Take a look.

The view to the left of the petroglyph wall

Debbie viewing the petroglyphs
We saw a crop duster on our way home. This area is famous for being the "Horseradish capital of the U.S." and they have a very large potato crop here.  We also saw fields of alfalfa, which is baled up for the local horses and cows.

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