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Newberry National Volcanic Monument
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Lava Lands Interpretive Path (+7 insets!)

Lava Lands Interpretive Path (+7 insets!)
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Protecting our Wonderful Natural & Historical Places
I don't know about you, but I've always assumed that every park out there is a zillion years old. But it's not true! New park lands are being set aside and protected all the time. In the US as an example, there have been 13 newly designated national parks since the late 1990's--they had been listed as state-level or other types of parks before that. National park status in the US means more funds and protection--which is a great thing! However, the added wear and tear due to more visitors is the double-edged sword.

Land set aside as state parks, monuments and historical areas are added on a regular basis, often deeded for this purpose after a land-owner died or a dedicated group was able to purchase the property. I was surprised to learn that sometimes a park will get a downgrade in status, from national status to a state park, monument or another lesser designation. Maybe a state will want to assume control, or an area will be so sensitive to traffic of any sort that it's removed from a roster to protect it from harm---Shoshone Cavern National Monument was renamed Spirit Mountain Cave and is now only accessible with rarely-provided permits. Other times it makes better sense to join nearby areas into a larger park--General Grant National Park was added to the nearby Kings Canyon National Park, for instance. What about your country? It's fascinating to learn what's new and changed in regards to new parks and historical areas in your home country!

Newberry National Volcanic Monument was carefully divided from the Deschutes National Forest in 1990 and includes 54,000 acres of land dedicated to the protection and promotion of this special area. By setting aside special spaces and promoting the areas to the public, money can also be generated to develop trails and information to educate visitors.

Interpretive Lava Lands Trail
What an amazing path for everyone to enjoy! Wheelchair-accessible, this trail winds and zigzags up and around piles of eon's old lava flows, interspersed with detailed signs along the way. The area was very popular and we had to deal with non-stop groups of people who often didn't wear masks. Still, the mind-boggling experience of this place was worth it. We couldn't stop taking pictures!! (If you're interested, here's a video which shows how wonderful this path is: Accessible Adventures: Deschutes National Forest)

Today's Pictures
I'll have two post's worth of images to share and today's main image is a panorama which shows the path leading up into the field of lava. Mind-bending, no? We had to stop and stare or risk stumbling off the path in our delirium! :D

Today's Insets
I have a number of pictures that show the view as we made our way up and down the path, enjoying every spectacular moment. Could the sky be any prettier?! :D The last image shows part of the interpretive area shown through the conifer forest at the edge.

I hope everyone is enjoying the emergence of spring! It's waking up around here and we're getting ready for our 2021 RV trip! So busy!! Please take care of yourselves!

Explored on 3/20/21; highest placement #39.

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╰☆☆June☆☆╮ club
A beautiful series Janet have a good weekend
2 months ago.
PascalL club
belle image
2 months ago.
 Boarischa Krautmo
Boarischa Krautmo club
2 months ago.
uwschu club
Herrlich diese Wege durchs Lavafeld
2 months ago.
cammino club
An impressive volcanic landscape!
2 months ago.
Nouchetdu38 club
Beautiful and interesting!******
2 months ago.
 Bob Taylor
Bob Taylor club
Wonderful series and accompanying narrative. Looking forward to pictures from your 2021 journeys.
2 months ago.
 Malik Raoulda
Malik Raoulda club
On s'en lasse pas d'admirer et de savourer..De plus en plus merveilleux vos rendus.
Bonne et agreable soirée salutaire.
2 months ago.
 William Sutherland
William Sutherland club
Phenomenal panoramic shot and PIPs! Stay well!

Admired in:
2 months ago.
 Eva Lewitus
Eva Lewitus club
Beautiful.. With all those special PIP!
2 months ago.
 Pam J
Pam J club

2 months ago.
vero club
Panorama grandiose, tes photos sont de vrais trésors de la nature, de toute beauté, Janet Bon weekend bisous
2 months ago.
 Ulrich John
Ulrich John club
Eine Straße ins Ungewisse ! Symbolisch für diese Zeit, Janet !
2 months ago.
 Keith Burton
Keith Burton club
A beautifully captured series Janet.................and such an amazing place to visit. What struck me is how quickly trees, plants and flowers have grown in the lava fields.

Thanks for sharing these fascinating photos and for taking the time to write another of your superb narratives.

A link for you about the National Parks in UK if you're interested. I live very near to the New Forest and the South Downs ones: www.nationalparks.uk/parks
2 months ago. Edited 2 months ago.
 Jenny McIntyre
Jenny McIntyre club
Yes we do have quite a lot of National Parks around here. I live very near Dartmoor National Park and Exmoor National Park. My friend Mickey lives very close indeed, to the Lake District which is a most beautiful place. I've visited it several times and never tire of being there.

There is a part of the coast nearby called "The Jurassic Coastline" which is also a National Park, it's got so many skeletons of dinosaurs etc in the cliffs - absolutely amazing.

The flowers growing up in such an environment is wonderful. I suppose the sulphur from the volcano must be right for the ground.
2 months ago.
Peter_Private_Box club
Hi Janet
A very nice set of pictures, and great information too,
Reminds me so much of my trip to Lassen Volcanic park some 30 years ago!
Best Wishes, a nice weekend, and stay safe!!
2 months ago.
Ruesterstaude club
Um eure Naturparks seid ihr zu beneiden, Janet, passt gut auf, dass sie auch erhalten bleiben!
2 months ago.
 Fred Fouarge
Fred Fouarge club
Droompaden in de wildernis--Buitengewoon Mooi!
2 months ago.

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