Monday, October 14, 2013

Lassen Volcanic Trip - Day 3

Previous Posts:
Lassen Volcanic Trip - Day 1
Lassen Volcanic Trip - Day 2

This is our last day at Lassen. We had breakfast and start packing up:
The kids were busy watching something
 
Let's take a closer look:
 
We then drove down to the hiking trail to Bumpass Hell, which is a moderate 3 mile hike round trip. Without 4 kids, we would do it in a heart beat but it took us a minute looking at each other before one of us said, "Let's do it!"
 

Pretty blue flower field we found along the trail:
After 1.5 miles and way too many "are we there yet?"

We made it! Yay!!!
 
One of the proudest moment of my life :)
   
At the end of the trail is a volcanically active area with steam vents, boiling mud holes and lakes.
 
 
    



    

Now let's see if we can make it back :)

This famous poem by Robert Frost below summed up how we feel at the end of the hike:

The Road Not Taken 
Robert Frost (1874-1963)
Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;       

Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim,
Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,       

And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
I doubted if I should ever come back.     

I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.


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