The following photos are from Newberry National Volcanic Monument - Lava Lands. Talk about feeling like I have walked through a portal and into a different world! There was a 1-mile paved path that led us up towards the crater through the old lava flow. The different lava formations were very interesting along with what manages to survive in it.
If you go to the link above, you can see an aerial photo of the crater. It is quite fascinating to see.
|Golden Mantle Ground Squirrel|
The lava land covers thousands of acres. It is such an unusual sight to see where the lava stopped and suddenly there is a lush forest with Ponderosa Pines, rivers, and creeks.
|Mt Bachelor and Sisters Mountains|
|Amazing to see this tree growing here|
In May, we marked our 4th anniversary of full-timing. June 30, we celebrated 38 years of marriage. We have been so busy spending the month walking and becoming more healthy that the anniversaries just came and went by without our notice. Okay, we did celebrate our anniversary with some Ben & Jerry's ice cream....
|lots of flowers|
Surprise! I managed to finish a book between all our explorations. This is pretty short - less than 80 pages, but a wonderfully written story about a small town with a big heart in the spirit of giving. Nell is teaching Elementary students how to quilt when a young two-time Afghanistan War Veteran now teacher is accused of burning down his own home. He has already lost all of his family and depressed, he feels there is nothing left for him in his old hometown. Nell soon enlists the help of her quilting friends to help solve the mystery and to show this beloved teacher that he has not lost everything in the world.