I’ve been traveling in very remote areas for the past week and a half and haven’t had the time or internet bandwidth to edit and upload a travel vlog, so I threw together this little video showing how I use my cheapo tablet when I’m on the road. Expect a full-length video sometime in the next week. (Click here if you can’t see the video below.)
THINGS MENTIONED IN THIS VIDEO
* Fire 7 tablet from Amazon – This tablet retails for $50 but can be had for around $35 on Prime Day and Black Friday, among other days.
* eTopxizu Keyboard Case For Fire 7 – Note that I think the tablet I have is the previous generation than the one I linked to above, and I’m not positive that the case will fit the newest generation. It may fit, or there may be a newer model available.
* SanDisk 64GB micro SD card
(All of these are Amazon affiliate links)
In this video I spend some time doing chores around camp, find a geyser in the middle of a southeastern Oregon field, stop by a beautiful saltwater lake, and begin driving up one of the premier mountain roads in the country. (Click here if you can’t see the video below.)
RELEVANT LINKS (Amazon affiliate links)
* The stove I use
* The shower I use
* The shower tent I use
* The camera I use
* Old Perpetual Geyser: 42.222196, -120.369154
* Lake Abert wildlife viewing area: 42.5469, -120.2144
* Sign at the start of the Steens Mountain loop: 42.8094, -118.8680
* Campsite: 42.752409, -118.642437
In this video I climb one of the most prominent and striking mountains in southern Oregon. It also happens to be a huge volcano! (Click here if you can’t see the video below.)
In this video I head back into northern California’s Lava Beds National Monument to hike up a cinder cone and to check out the largest collection of Native American petroglyphs I’ve ever seen. I then cross into Oregon, run some errands in Klamath Falls, and head out of town to find a campsite in the national forest. (Click here if you can’t see the video below.)
* Schonchin Butte: 41.738123, -121.529107
* Petroglyph Point: 41.845267, -121.391264
* Tule Lake Segregation Center: 41.886868, -121.371719
* Campsite: 42.404367, -122.215537
In this video I find some otherworldly obsidian boulders and then spend the rest of the day exploring one of the most interesting national monuments I’ve been to. (Click here if you can’t see the video below.)
Here’s my new little table (affiliate link).
* Glass Mountain area: 41.5873, -121.5099
* Campsite: 41.685969, -121.539865
THOUGHTS ON THE DIFFERENT CAVES
Here are all of the caves I explored on this trip, not all of which were covered in the video. Ones with an asterisk (*) were the really great ones that I’d go to if I were short on time.
- * Golden Dome – A long cave. It was in the shape of a figure 8 and had the most golden hydrophobic bacteria.
- * Upper Sentinel to Lower Sentinel – You go in one entrance, walk through a long tube with a couple of beautiful skylights, and then come out another entrance. Walked back to my car on the road.
- * Valentine Cave – Another long one with smooth floors. Very much like a subway tunnel. Twisty with lots of side passages to explore.
- Skull Cave – Very cool and very large opening area. That gets a star. But kind of lame going down to the blocked off ice area. Super super cold down there.
- Big Painted Cave – Some very faint gray pictographs. Eh. Not as good as…
- * Symbol Bridge – Really great pictographs. Striking. Neat connected cave/bridge feature.
- Merrill Ice Cave – No ice. Kind of lame. There was a viewing platform at the bottom of stairs, but I couldn’t see anything.
- Mushpot Cave – The only “developed” cave with lights in it. Not amazing, but fast to do, right next to the visitors center, and has some interesting and informative signs.
- Indian Well Cave – Standard, with an uneven floor that was fun. Halfway through you squeeze through an opening into the bottom of a dry sinkhole and then go back into the second, though shorter, part of the cave.
- * Heppe Ice Cave – No ice, but pretty darn neat. Pool at bottom, two cave entrances visible from there. Otherworldly.
In this video I visit an ice cave, check out an enormous lava flow, try to wait out a storm on the shore of a pretty little lake, and get my plans thwarted by a freak midsummer snow storm. (Click here if you can’t see the video below.)
* Jot Dean Ice Cave: 41.490654, -121.616626
* Burnt Lava Flow Geological Area: 41.517017, -121.533287
* Blanche Lake: 41.5567, -121.5708
* Campsite location: 41.565418, -121.564127
Today’s video is packed full of adventures! I check out a few lakes, hike to a couple of waterfalls, and encounter some wildlife of the not-so-cuddly variety. I finish up my time in Lassen Volcanic National Park and continue my trek northward. (Click here if you can’t see the video below.)
* Wilson Lake: 40.343166, -121.434672
* Mill Creek Falls: 40.440980, -121.512977
* Ridge Lakes: 40.455613, -121.547960
* Sulphur Works bubbling water hole: 40.449464, -121.534601
* Crater Lake: 40.625918, -121.047715
* Burney Falls: 41.012136, -121.651880
* Campsite: 40.971611, -121.606525
In this video I take the kayak out onto a lake, find a $1.50 shower, check out some incredible geothermal/hydrothermal features in Lassen Volcanic National Park, and even see a black bear in the wild. Fun stuff! (Click here if you can’t see the video below.)
* First campsite (near Susanville, CA): 40.374434, -120.832311
* Devils Kitchen: 40.441331, -121.432808
* Boiling Springs Lake: 40.435609, -121.397198
* Terminal Geyser: 40.421271, -121.377207
* Second campsite (with the wood furniture): 40.341429, -121.452045
In this video I spend two days hiking and camping in the stunning backcountry of northern California’s Lassen Volcanic National Park. It was an amazing adventure full of cinder cones, lava flows, volcano views, a bunch of lakes, picturesque streams, and wildlife. (Click here if you can’t see the video below.)
Here’s a map of the route I took (click here if you can’t see the map below):