I have not updated the blog in awhile. I had intended to post as we went a on our trip along the Lewis and Clark trail. But the hectic pace of the journey and lack of Wi-Fi or cell signal undid my good intentions. The Lewes and Clark trail ended nearly two weeks ago and we have since been spending most of our time in remote places of OR, WA. and CA. Today, we landed in Reno, NV and have both good Wi-Fi and cell signals.
Rather than trying to go back to the beginning of the trip, I thought I would mention how we find interesting things that we did not know existed just by landing in the right place for an overnight stop. Last night on our way south we stopped in the two buildings town of Hat Creek at a very nice campground called Hat Creek Hereford Ranch and RV Park. They sell organic beef from the ranch in the office. Talking with the lady from the office, we heard of two interesting local attractions.
The first was the Hat Creek Radio Observatory started in the late 1950's . Today they have 350 telescope arrays searching the heavens for signs of life in outer space using radio telescopes. As an explanation of its sensitivity, a cell phone ringing on the moon would sound like a nearby foghorn to the arrays. To date, they have not yet picked up a intelligent signal from outer space.
Also nearby is a very different kind of site. It is called the subway cave. It was formed when lava flow covered the area. As the upper layers cooled and hardened, the area beneath continued to flow until the lava drained away leaving this lava cave. It does resemble a NYC subway tube. This site is just north of the Lassen Volcanic National Park. Since the road into the national park was still closed due to snow, the subway cave was it for us.
Lastly, today as we drove 395S into NV, we passed the remnants of the wildfire that had this road closed two days ago.