Posts Tagged ‘spelunking’

This summer we took our family to Bend, Oregon for some outdoor adventure. This amazing town in Central Oregon’s High Desert is surrounded by volcanic peaks and pillars, cinder cones and buttes, lava flows and lakes. It is the perfect home to 15 species of bats.
 
 
Just outside of Bend is US Forest land and the Newberry Volcano. This volcano created the “land of lava” here when it erupted nearly 6000 years ago. In one location layers of molten lava cooled and harden, while the interior lave flow rushed hot, leaving behind an empty shell today known as Lava River Cave, one of the longest lava tubes in the Northwest and a great breeding ground for bats. There was no chance we were going to skip this.

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