Lassen Volcanic National Park

Lassen Volcanic National Park welcomes the visitors with a big surprise. Right after the entrance sulphuric smells waver over the road. Fumaroles are exhausting hot steam and a big mud pot gurgles like a washing machine. But that spectacular welcome does not hold. For miles the road continues into the heart of the park without any further reference to the volcanic activity that is said to be still active underground. You have to leave the road and to make your way on foot to famous Bumpass Hell to discover the real heart of the park.

Half way trough you discover that you are standing in the middle of a gigantic caldera, the remains of a gigantic volcanic crater, with the mountain ridges surrounding being the crater walls. And finally you reach Bumpass Hell, announced again by sulphuric smells. A gigantic kitchen with hissing fumaroles are issuing steam like water kettles, boiling springs gushing like cooking pots, and mud pots slowly bubbling like thick soup on a small fire. And finally you start to realize that there is real activity below the earth, with enormous powers we cannot really understand.


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