I’ve settled into my new home for the next few months at Lava Beds National Monument. This is a harsh, extreme environment that has been impacted by two major Northern California wildfires in the last two years – the Caldwell Fire in the summer of 2020 and the Antelope Fire that swept through this area in the fall of 2021.
As I explore my new surroundings, I am amazed at the way the landscape is bouncing back from the devastation. On a recent hike, I counted no less than 13 different wildflowers blooming on recently burned out hillsides along the 2.5- mile Big Nasty Trail and surrounding some of the developed lava tube caves. More pictures to come as I am struggling with very spotty cell service and very slow uploading speeds. I’m researching different options for pulling in a better signal but until then I will limit the number of photos I upload to any given post!
Some of the surrounding landscape: