On our way to Bend, OR, we stopped at the Newberry National Volcanic Monument. When we stopped in at the visitor center, Doug decided to ask the rangers the all important question that he had been torturing me with for more than a week. "Why pine cones? What is the evolutionary benefit to pine cones?" They gave a variety of the same reasons that I'd been giving, but Doug was not satisfied. It was awesome.
Then we hiked a mile and a half up the 8% grade to the caldera of the volcano.
And we rescued a frog from the exhibit space.
After our hike back down the hill, we drove a little further to uncollapsed lava tube. And we scrambled and tripped for a mile to the end by the light of our headlamps.
Then we headed into Bend. We found a great roadside produce stand where we bought a crazy amount of fresh fruit and veg. Then we snagged one of the very last campsites at Tumalo State Park. And we revelled in our first real hot showers in 10 days.