Here in Klamath Falls, OR, we are surrounded by nature and all her wonders. We are minutes from lakes, rivers, high mountains and deep forests. And if you're up for a short drive, we are only an 90 minutes from the US's deepest natural lake, Crater Lake. At nearly 2,000 feet deep, Crater lake is a breath taking view for grandeur and tamed ferocity. What was once a violent volcano is now one of the most picturesque national parks you'll ever visit.
Speaking of volcanoes, have you ever wanted to walk in one, or least walk where its lava used to flow? If you travel in the opposite direction of Crater lake from Klamath Falls, for about the same amount of time, you'll end up at Lava Beds National Monument in Tulelake, California. Filled with over 700 caves, Native American paintings and historic battle fields, the Lava Beds are a favorite for visitors and residence alike. Because the Lava Beds contain so many caves (and counting) they always ask you travel in groups. Not all of the caves are public, but if you're lucky, they'll take you spelunking down some of the deeper ones.
When you can't make it to either of these places, your front yard can still provide you with countless opportunities for exploration and discovery. In the above picture, my two oldest kids are using a ProScope Mobile, along with Dad's iPad 2 to take a closer look at all the wonders in their very own yard.
So put on your #googleshades and head outside to see what you can find. Whether your exploring the depths of Crater lake, the maze of caves at the Lava Beds, or box elder bugs, leaves and alyssum in your front yard, there is a world of infinite learning waiting for you.