Lassen Volcano Peak

Uli and I visited Lassen Volcanic National Park in Northeastern California and actually climbed up to the peak, an elevation of 3150 meters.

Amazing view from up there and to our surprise and delight – tons of butterflies. I have no idea what kind of ecosystem supports them but they were pretty and welcome sight. And the volcano – which devastated nearby areas and showered ash as far away as 200 miles to the east when it erupted on May 22, 1915, was a humbling reminder of the powerful and destructive forces that shape and reshape our planet without a single regard for the puny opinions of its human inhabitants.
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