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McArthur-Burney Memorial State Park, Burney, USA

McArthur-Burney Memorial State Park, Burney, CA

McArthur-Burney Falls is a 129 foot waterfall fed by underground springs about ½ hour north of Subway Cave in Lassen National Park. It is twice as wide as it is tall, making it quite a sight to encounter. It is one of the more impressive falls I have seen. The hike to the bottom of the Falls was 0.3 mile away, paved and busy. Many people stayed at the foot of the falls to enjoy it's mist. Being a little crowd-aversed, we took a few pictures and continued on our way along the 1.2 mile Falls Loop Trail.

Butte Lake Area, Lassen National Park, California, USA

Cinder Cone, Lassen National Park, California

Vernal and Nevada Falls, Yosemite National Park, California, USA

We enjoyed a great hike this last May long weekend. We climbed 2000 feet in elevation to see the top of two waterfalls at Yosemite National Park: Vernal Falls and Nevada Falls.

Panum Crater, California, USA

On the way to Mono Lake, we stopped at Panum Crater. Panum Crater is part of a chain of craters called the Mono-Inyo Craters.  Panum Crater is the youngest of these craters that formed 600 to 40,000 years ago. There is a hike into the crater plug and around the crater on the rim. The trail into the crater has some loose rock.  The boys found some obsidian rocks along the way.  There is no shade on this hike, inside the crater and on the rim. The crater rim trail took us on a ridge, affording beautiful views of Mono Lake and the island that sits in its midst.  Docent led hikes are available for these trails. There is a visitor center in the town of Lee Vining that gave us helpful information and a map of area attractions.

Mono Lake State Natural Reserve, California, USA

About 15 miles east of Yosemite's Tioga Pass East entrance is Mono Lake.  One of North America's oldest lakes, Mono Lake is over a million years old and 2.5 times the ocean's salinity.  The lake had grown in salinity as it has shrunken in volume, as its tributary streams got diverted to meet the demands of Los Angeles’ growing water needs. Tufa – the rock that these towers are made of, are formed underwater, as underwater calcium-rich springs meet with the lake water rich in carbonates.  Calcium carbonate precipitates out of the water forming tufa towers.  Tufa towers grow underwater up to 30 feet high.  We see so much of it today because of receding lake water levels.  There is a short flat unshaded trail (about 1 mile) that meanders through these sculptures.  It is a pretty neat trail, to be walking amongst these giant oddly shaped rocks.  We had a quick lunch in the shade of one of these rocks.