Lava Beds National Monument is out in the sticks! I didn't even know they existed but I am glad I learned of their existence. I remember it was in August, it was hot and the air felt quite oppressive. I grew up at sea level so the elevation was causing me to feel fatigued. 10 feet into any cave the air temperature dropped quickly, more so in the ice caves. I almost wish I had been better prepared for the lava beds. Unfortunately, much like my random stop at Klamath, the lava tubes were an afterthought that was squeezed into my road trip.
I was just talking to the mister and he thinks it would be a great idea to go there. Maybe on the way up to Grant's Pass we can take a day or two to camp at this lovely high desert. A quiet, dark, natural place to stargaze at night.... and a spelunkers paradise during the day.
*Photos pilfered from the government. Back when I road-tripped, I didn't have a camera because it was a million years ago and capturing moments in time was low on my list of priorities.