Here's the Butte from the base of the Lava trail. If you squint (and imagine animation!) you can see the fat little furry bastards crawling all over the thing.
"Look, Furry Bastards", Jane squeals.
Actually, she was mesmerized by the Lava. You haven't lived until you can get a 3 year old so interested in lava to the point that she can't stop saying "lava!"
Yup, that's where we were.
Said fat furry bastards. Here I'm being bombarded with powerful neurological, supernatural kinetic brain waves, commanding me to "deliver 10 pounds of Cheez-Its to the alter for sacrifice", or risk the eternal damnation of my soul.
The view from the top of the butte was phenomenal, although it was difficult to hold the camera still while the fat bastards mauled my ankles. Note in these pictures that you can see the lava flows throughout the forest.
In the foreground here, is the open wound of the Lava Butte Caldera, formed when this pressurized bulge in the earth's crust popped it's top many years ago, spewing out thousands and thousands of full-grown chipmunks across the countryside.
Newberry Crater was created as a National Monument in 1990, after years of management as forestry lands by the USDA.