We visited the Lava River Cave. The cave is a lava tube, which is formed if the outside of a lava-flow cools and solidifies while the inside flows on and becomes empty. To go into the cave we put on some warmer clothes. We were given a gas lantern and we went down into the cave. It became so dark that you could only see when you stayed very close to the lantern. It was very creepy, the tunnel is a mile long and half way in I got scared and had to get out! I will never go into that cave again!
Newberry Crater National Monument
The weather looked bad when we arrived, looked like a thunderstorm was coming, so we didn’t stay long at this NM. We did get to the Obsidian lava flow and walked a short trail. If the lava cools very fast, a jet-black kind of glass is formed. The entire lava flow consisted of these black and sharp glass rocks.
Most of the museum is outdoors, showing the animals native to the high desert like otters and porcupine and lots of local plants and flowers. Inside the building there was an exhibit, which takes you back to the pioneer past. Even the smell and sounds were realistic.
This is what is called a Cinder Cone. It is a type of small volcano. It is inactive & has been for a long time, but I always liked going up there. This really isn't anything too special, but, I always enjoyed the view. On a clear day you can see Mt. Hood & even Mt. Rainer sometimes.
It is a beautiful mountain, if you like to ski...GO, it is a premier place to ski. But, do not be afraid to go in the summer also. They have lift rides to the summit & you may hike around up there. It is gorgeous. You can see for miles!! Some wonderful photographer opportunites from up there. There is always something recreational happening at Mt. Bachelor.
Lava Lands...it is a small educational area run by the Park Serice that explains the geology of the area. Mostly explaining the volcano activity. They have nice walking paths to further educate & enjoy this area. You can also drive the the top a cinder cone. It is pretty interesting.
If you want to see volcanic rocks, there is a TON of them!!
Located inside the caldera atop South Sister is Oregon's highest lake - Teardrop Pool. At over 10000 feet, the lake is a semifrozen pone over 100 meters long. It is truly a 'mountain' lake;-\
See sports activity for more on Pilot Butte. Just make sure you take the camera. 360 views of God's own country!
Here you can watch many beautiful birds like the blue jays, with their magnificent blue colors, woodpeckers en the ospreys, birds that dive into the water to catch fish.