When we travel, we love tying in a bit of education. In fact, it's part of what we do with every trip we take. After all, travel should be about learning as you explore new places.
In Deschutes County, Oregon, you can visit the Newberry National Volcanic Monument (managed by the United States Forest Service) and learn all about volcanic activity in the area.
The Lava River Cave in Bend, Oregon, is a great example of a Lava Tube. At 5,211 feet in length, the northwest section of the cave is the longest continuous lava tube in Oregon! While the lava river cave was discovered during a pioneer hunt in 1889, Native Americans knew about it long before then. What's even cooler? You can take a walk and explore that entire 5,211 feet of lava tube! And we did just that last month! Here are some pictures of our trek! Here's more history on the formation of the lava tube if you're interested.
If you go, you'll want to make sure to check out the USDA Forest Service's Website for details. The caves are a constant 42 degrees Fahrenheit and you'll need headlamps or lanterns and closed-toed shoes.