The Oregon Lava Beds
When one thinks of Oregon, what usually comes to mind is endless forests of conifers. And the state does have its share of those. However, Oregon has many other amazing sites, such as the lava beds at Old McKenzie Pass.
The "highway" to get the beds is a long, very twisty, narrow two lane road. The lanes are barely big enough to accommodate a large SUV, and many of the cages you encounter (especially in the curves) are often over the double yellow line, making the ride a real adventure (but still quite fun!)
The beds are really breathtaking. They go on for miles. While there are a few “islands”, with trees, that the lava flowed around, the place is largely lifeless, reminding me of a landscape in science fiction movie.
To top things off, at the summit of the beds is an observatory, built by the CCC during the Great Depression. The observatory is built nearly completely out of lava stone (very little cement was used).
All and all it’s a very cool place to ride.