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Old 10-26-2008, 05:28 PM   #1
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NorCal Cararally, Lassen to Lava Beds, August 5-9

Join us for a Lassen to Lavabeds Cararally. The plan is to meet-up at Gurnsey Creek Campground near Lassen National Park for two nights then caravan to Eagle’s Nest RV Park near Lava Beds National Monument for three nights. The option of adding days at either end of the cararally is open.

Gurnsey Creek Campground is tucked into a pine forest along a year-round creek near the south entrance to Lassen. Lassen National Park is a spectacular park. If you have never been then you must see it. For those that know it well, one never tires of Lassen. Mazanita Lake is a favorite swim spot for me and so beautiful. Walking the boardwalk through the bubbling Bumpass Hell sure makes an impression. And the views from the drive through the park are breath-taking.

Eagle’s Nest RV Park is a hidden jem near the Lava Beds N.M. The RV park is tucked away in a little valley on a ranch. The campground is wonderful because it's all grass with nice views and extremely quiet. The land around lava beds is beautiful and ranges from thick forest to juniper desert. The air is crystal clear and visibility is unlimited. Lots to do in the area but at the top of the list is the hundreds of caves open for exploring. I enjoyed hiking around Captain Jack's Stronghold in the lava beds where the Modoc War was fought. Medicine Lake is a beautiful lake with a nice day use area great for fishing, swimming and kayaking.

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Gurnsey Creek Campground

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Lassen Volcanic National Park

Lava Beds National Monument

Reservations for Gurnsey Creek are available online at the above website.

Reservations for Eagle's Nest are available by email at eaglesnest@cot.net or phone at 530-664-2081.

Note "Airstream Group" when making reservation.

Sites will very likely be available without reservations.


Please Note: We will be boondocking at Gurnsey Creek so make sure to arrive with empty black/grey tanks and full water tank. Water is available to fill water tanks at campground but no dump station. Sites are long at both campgrounds. We will have full hookups at Eagle's Nest.
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Sounds good to us. Any need to be sure we camp together?
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Was at Lava Beds and at Eagles Nest a month and a half ago and Captain Jack's Stronghold is closed - there is no access.
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Sounds good to us. Any need to be sure we camp together?
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neil- we should note "airstream group" when making reservations. we should have no problem being together since i fully expect both campgrounds to be mostly empty.
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Was at Lava Beds and at Eagles Nest a month and a half ago and Captain Jack's Stronghold is closed - there is no access.
i heard there was a fire after we left last summer. they named it the "jack fire". what a bad fire season it's been. there are only ranger led tours for now. hopefully the stronghold will reopen by next summer.
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the most incredible meteor shower i have ever seen was at lava beds. the air is so clear and there isn't many people to create light pollution. apparently the night sky is so special at the lava beds that the government is designating it a "dark sky preserve." how cool! now everyone will have to come see for themselves.

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The Monument is also taking the first steps to become a “Dark
Sky Preserve”, which is an internationally acknowledged status recognizing the quality of the night sky
above the basin. “Dark Sky Preserves” are very popular with stargazers, and will encourage amateur
astronomers to visit the Basin and enjoy its stunning starry skies.
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Count us in! Lassen and Lavabeds....two of my favorite parks!
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Dan, Put us on the list. I'm gonna max out my time from work and will be in trouble!
And to think I just received recognition from our city council
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Dan, Put us on the list. I'm gonna max out my time from work and will be in trouble!
And to think I just received recognition from our city council
Shameful I am.
congrats jeff! now you have a "get of jail free" card. so you're good to go for the cararally. and they miss you from work because i am sure everything falls apart when you're gone. haha this will be a fun time!


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Oh if you only knew the kind of mess they make and wait for me to return to!
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Hey Jeff......that's why they call it WORK!
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MAN! I sure am GLAD I don't have a job to worry about anymore!
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Count us in.....

This is the perfect date for us. We are actually starting our vacation from here. After a couple of days we are planning to head North to Victoria Island, BC.

So Dan. I assume we make our own reservations. Has any one else made theres? If so what site numbers do we want to be around?

Wabler5, depending on when your planning to head to Lassen, we could start a small caravan. We plan to leave Friday afternoonish and head north Sunday Morning. What do you think?

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opppps, I guess I should have clicked on the above link to Gurnsey Creek Campground to find out it's a group site.lol Dan, just keep me posted on the amount required.

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