Camping at Lavabeds! 
Wow. Well, after a slow start this morning, We entered The Lava Beds National Monument through the Tule Lake Wildlife Refuge. So Miranda got a chance to see a ton of birdies.. A PrarieHawk flew along side our driver window at about 25 feet away for a bit, that was intense ;)
From there we hiked the Captain Jack Stronghold trail. Pretty interesting location where 60 native men,women and children held off 600 American Troops in the late 1800's By using the terrain and caves in the area.
After finding a campsite, We had dinner, and then Went out in the dark for a walk to the nearest caves quick. We went down the Fully-Lit easiest cave first, it was awesome.. I want to go back to take video :) We'll see.
After that we went down the Labyrinth Cave. Wow. super cool. Felt like 3-4 city blocks worth of walking, croutching under some parts, scrambling over another smooth part. So crazy in there with the lava flows still in tact in some places.. Wow. Tomorrow we plan on hitting all of the easy and most medium caves in the Main part of park :)

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Photos of Lucy! 
She apparently likes to sleep under the covers.. . So we didn't sleep great last night because when she did dive under the covers she either tried to curl up next to your stomach (then proceed to knead it with her little poky claws) or she went straight to your feet which tickles. So, we decided she isn't allowed under the covers. We'll see how that goes. :) Here are some pics! The lighting in the RV is awful and she was a bit too interested in the camera so I couldn't get very good ones.


Joe showed her the upper bunk and that has turned into her new favorite spot. I think she likes to watch out that front window.

Here she's climbing down from the top bunk.

This is her little area. She doesn't actually spend much time on the blanket, but it's there so she can check out the window whenever. She is spending most of her time in the upper bunk or in our laps.

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3 ENTITIES in this little RV?! 
Omg. .. Miranda has gone ahead and gotten us a New Family member.
Lucy is a white 1 year old Cat. Already Marking most of the RV as her own.
Within the first hour she explored most of the RV, Used the Littebox, and Ate some food. We hope she will be mellow enough to just "hang out" with us. We'll see what kind of terrors lay ahead .. . . . ;)

UPDATE: After waiting an hour at petco, We drove gently back to our Campground. Lucy Behaved very well. Im impressed so far.


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Excitement about Lavabeds 
I was looking at a Brochure for the lavabeds (Hundreds of Caves!) And read this one:
Catacombs Cave (6,903 ft/2,104 m)
This very long cave is easily entered but gradually
increases in difficulty. It is possible to walk upright for
approximately 800 ft (244 m) to the stairway, after
which the ceiling rarely exceeds 3 ft (0.9 m). A few
places exist where the ceiling height is less then 12 in
(30 cm). A cave map is highly recommended for any
group planning to explore the entire length, as multiple
levels and numerous side passages can be confusing.
This cave is not recommended for inexperienced
Lava Beds Website

Nice :) One mile long cave, with some parts you have to crawl through!!
Yeeehaaawwww!!! We'll be heading there Sunday or Monday :)

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Crater Lake 
We drove up to Crater Lake yesterday. It was gorgeous. A beautiful day also. We went for a short hike up to the tallest point on the rim and drove around half the rim. We started from the north and were leaving to the south, so instead of driving around one and a half times, we just picked a way that looked more interesting.
On the north side of the lake was a pumice desert. That was neat. Barely any trees and pumice all over. We stopped a bunch of places along the drive and then left the national park by early afternoon. We are now in Klamath Falls where we are staying for a few days to get some serious work done.

Joe picking up a big rock! (yes, it is pumice.. .)

Joe and I in front of Crater Lake.

Joe looking at the lake. I think he got a panoramic with his camera... If it turned out I'll put it on the site.

Wizard Island which is in Crater Lake.

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