titleThe Galoots: Bob (white knuckle driver) Roon, Joel (walking encyclopedia) Clemmer, Gary (Garmin Navigator guy) Thompson, Bruce (raconteur) Sheppard.Silver Falls State Park, ORNewberry National Volcanic MonumentLava Lands was created 7,000 years ago by a volcanic explosion of Lava ButteA lava tube caveCrater Lake, formed by a now-collapsed volcanoThe Galoots vigorously explore the areaDSC04260Lassen Volcanic National Park in northern California (in June!)On our way to the Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest in the White Mountains, Bishop20180616_222939The Bristlecones are a millennium older than the Giant Sequoia treesBristlecone pines grow  at  9,000 to over 11,000 feetThe oldest trees grow on dolomite, an alkaline calcareous, low nutrient soilDSC04365Bob confronts the chip on his shoulderAncient life forms in Sequoia National ParkThe Sequoia feature very thick bark, high in tannenA marmot looks us overDSC04405DSC04406Moro Rock is a granite dome offering sweeping  viewsDSC04423DSC04424DSC04428The GalootmobilePeople "back East" disbelieved the natural size of SequoiasThis fallen tree has served as a tavern and stableA shoot-out with BobI forget where this isDSC04459DSC04460DSC04487DSC04499A curious (hungry) ravenDSC04517The view from Mount Tamalpais State ParkDSC04547Muir Woods National Monument protects coastal RedwoodsThe journey continues