Hello Oregon!

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

You NEED to Go Here

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


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.

Midsummer Snow Storm!

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

Iceberg Lakes & Rattlesnakes!

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

Bear Encounter!

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

2 Days Alone in the California Wilderness!

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):

Wildfires & Gear Updates!

In this video I have grand plans but then run into some wildfire troubles. I make a change of plans, drive north, and show you some gear modifications. Stay tuned for next video, the one about my two-day backpacking trip in Lassen Volcanic National Park. It’ll be EPIC! (Click here if you can’t see the video below.)

• Location of first campsite: 38.6669, -119.6437
• Location of second campsite: 40.542429, -121.623380

• Water jug: Reliance Armor-Dillo (It doesn’t seem to be made or sold anywhere anymore.)
My shower tent
• Camera used to film this video: Canon PowerShot SX610 HS

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Nevada Like You’ve Never Seen It!

In this video I climb Boundary Peak, the highest mountain in Nevada. The scenery there was incredible! Then I drive north, back into California, and find a sweet campsite south of Lake Tahoe.

In the video I mention bears in Nevada. I did some more research about bear populations in the state and found this fascinating PDF report. It’s worth reading if you too are curious about the Nevada bear population.

(Click here if you can’t see the video below.)

Boundary Peak trailhead camp: 37.870374, -118.305075
Rest stop along the river: 38.4485, -119.4566
Edge of meadow camp in California: 38.681741, -119.631063

A Week of Adventures in Yosemite National Park!

In this video I share some of the things I did and saw in California’s Yosemite National Park when I was there for a week with my family. I go to Hetch Hetchy, see a bunch of waterfalls, go rock climbing, go tubing on the Merced River, and hike up to the top of Half Dome. A great week! Also, about half of the footage is from my new camera. Do you notice a difference? (Click here if you can’t see the video below.)

Aliens & Free Lakeside Boondocking Near Yosemite

In this video I hunt for Native American rock art in Nevada’s Big Rocks Wilderness, have some alien encounters (of a sort), head into California, wander around the fantastic South Tufa area of Mono Lake, and find an amazing free lakeside camping spot on Grant Lake, not too far from the east entrance of Yosemite National Park. (Click here if you can’t see the video below.)

* South Tufas at Mono Lake: 37.9421, -119.0293
* Campsite at Grant Lake: 37.832916, -119.110065