Oh, what a difference a day makes!
We packed our hiking shoes and a picnic and headed for a second day in the Newberry National Volcanic Monument.
After a 34-mile drive south and then east from Bend, we were greeted by brilliant sunshine and twin lakes that filled an area bigger than Crater Lake.
The lakes are in two calderas left after hundreds of thousands of years of volcanic eruptions.
Our main event was a 7.5-mile trek around Paulina Lake, passing warm springs, a massive obsidian glass lava flow and a beautiful, rustic campground. The trail was fairly flat, with a couple of relatively brief inclines and declines.
Then we drove a few miles to East Lake, where we found what we were hoping for: a tasty dessert.
The national monument is huge and offers many days of activities and sites.
We will be back!
We are looking forward to some exploration when we get up there.