Haystack Rock

The Pacific Ocean is absolutely magical.  One never knows what they’ll discover on its shores or in its rich blue depths.  There is something about the steady crash of the waves against the shore that relaxes and envigorates the soul.  Our Base Camp is nowhere near the…

The Not-so-Boring Volcanic Field

Put that yawn away! The Boring Volcanic Field is far more exciting than it sounds!  Where and what is this Boring Volcanic Field, and who gave it such an unexciting name? Buckle up – let’s go investigate! If you’re heading eastbound out of Portland, your eyes…

The Cascades Volcanoes

The Pacific Northwest has a vibe all of its own.  Trendy metropolitan cities, pulsing with their own energy.  Thick forests of vibrant green and field strewn with wildflowers.  Crashing ocean waves.  And magnificent volcanoes that command the attention of the entire landscape. The Cascade Arc is home to…

The Moon is Lava!

VITAL STATS Name: Earth’s Moon Eruption Status: Dormant?  Last Eruption: Less than 100,000 years ago Location: 238,900 miles out in space Do you remember playing “The Floor is Lava” when you were a kid?  If not, you should definitely start a game right now.  Wherever…

Capulin: The Boca Trail

VITAL STATS Name: Capulin  Type: Cinder Cone Eruption Status: Extinct Last Eruption: Approximately 60,000 years ago Location: 36.7811° N, 103.9695° W Northeastern New Mexico; Raton-Clayton Volcanic Field We coasted down the volcano road, enjoying our descent from Capulin’s summit.  The clouds had finally lifted and…

Capulin: The Summit

VITAL STATS Name: Capulin Type: Cinder Cone Eruption Status: Extinct Last Eruption: Approximately 60,000 years ago Location: 36.7811° N, 103.9695° W Northeastern New Mexico; Raton-Clayton Volcanic Field The clouds that enshrouded Capulin’s cone finally began to break around mid-morning.  We raced to the summit…

Capulin: The Lava Flow Trail

Vital Stats Name: Capulin Type: Cinder Cone Eruption Status: Extinct Last Eruption: Approximately 60,000 years ago Location: 36.7811° N, 103.9695° W Northeastern New Mexico; Raton-Clayton Volcanic Field Capulin volcano has 4 lava flows – three of which are absolutely massive.  They each started from…