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Episode 1 - Ring of Fire takes us to Lassen Volcanic National Park and Lassen National Forest. We saw truly gasp inducing jaw dropping scenery in this geologic wonderland. Our video features the gems of the trip as well as some lessons learned, like don't lock your cat in a running car on a hot day...
During this trip we travelled up interstate 5 to highway 44, with most of our stops being at rest areas of which there are several. On the way North, we even saw one with a dump station!
Our first location was the Mt. Lassen/Shingletown KOA. This KOA is small for a KOA, has nice sized sites, good privacy achieved through fencing, and is surrounded by forest. It also has plenty of amenities such as frisbee golf, playground, pool, laundry, hot clean showers, and a dump station. The KOA is very well located for accessing the central section (Manzanita Lake, Lassen Peak) of the part and took about 30 minutes to get to the Loomis Museum, the parks visitor center. Lyger liked the KOA best as he was able to do more roaming here than our second location, Hat Creek RV Resort.
Unfortunately we are not sure what is resort about our second location. Hat Creek RV Resort is really a big dusty area with no definition between sites and when full you could literally touch your neighbors rig, if you were so inclined. There is also a bridge being rebuilt on highway 44, right in front of the resort...we could see it from Treksy. All this being said, the location was perfect for accessing the northern section (Butte Lake, Cinder Cone) of the park and took us about 45 minutes to get to Butte Lake. It was also ideal for getting to areas like the Caribou Wilderness section of the Lassen National Forest. And if you are into fishing, we don't partake being vegetarians, it was definitely a hot spot.
The distance between our two main locations was about 30 minutes. The KOA is in Shingletown and Hat Creek RV Resort is in Old Station. There are rig friendly gas stations in both locations. The Old Station Post Office is literally at the Hat Creek RV Resort. Not a lot of grocery options, we stocked up in Burney and made that a middle of the trip visit accordingly :) There is a Dollar Store (more like a mini Target/Walmart) in Shingletown that proved helpful as we forgot the can opener and picked up one here so we didn't slit an artery on a chiseled open can. EVERYONE we encountered was very friendly and helpful, and it's often the people that make the place so yeah!
The park and National Forest are HUGE! We didn't get to visit the southern section of the park as it was about 5 hours round trip from our two locations. We'll be back!
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