Summer snow and sleet greeted me at Newberry National Volcanic Monument. Perhaps the weather kept some people away, giving me a private look at Paulina Falls and the Big Obsidian Flow.
Fishermen and women were not deterred from launching their boats on the two lakes. Although, when I went to the dock for a photo of the shore, one woman answered, “The weather was miserable” to my question about how things went this morning.
I enjoyed the interpretive trail up the Big Obsidian Flow. The signs point out the significance of the natural black glass throughout the centuries. The barren nature of the rock with a few Bonsai trees contrasts dramatically with the forested hills round the lake and along the river to the falls.
On my way back to the parking lot, I spotted deer, which slowed me down. Then, I noticed something else as I looked down the steep slope to the pond. Some critter or critters was /were making waves. Was it a beaver? I tried to get closer without scaring them away. No, with those tails, it must be otter, I thought. Sure enough, my last photo on flicker captures their two heads looking back at me. Although, with the quality of the photo, I might as well call it the Loch Ness monster.
We finished up Allyson’s legal conference with food, beverage, disco and Karaoke. We did a little dancing, during which I kinda felt like this was the special Olympics version of a bar scene. Was there a defibrillator nearby?