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Sunday, May 27, 2018

Obsidian Lava Flow

This past week our family headed to central Oregon for a few days of rest and relaxation.  One of the days we headed to the Newberry Volcanic National Monument for some hiking. 

Our first stop was the big obsidian lava flow - remnants of the most recent volcanic rupture (1300 years ago!). It feels other worldly to walk through a lava flow...

Paulina Peak above
Paulina Lake below

Much of the rock here is pumice. Have you ever seen or held pumice? It's so incredibly light! My girls were tossing a fairly big rock back and forth like it was a rubber ball! There are also large deposits of obsidian - the shiny black rock.

There isn't much plant life in the lava flow, but every once in a while you see a tree that has managed to sprout and grow out of the rock. 

I'm linking up with Good, Random, Fun and Seasons


  1. ...Jill, what an interesting post given what i happening on The Big Island in Hawaii. Thanks for sharing.

  2. What a gorgeous and fun place!

  3. Very interesting. My feet could use some pumice right about now … (too much information?) And I love obsidian - have seen it made into some really lovely jewelry!