Lassen Volcanic National Park in Northern California is home to places called Bumpass Hell, Sulphur Works, Devils Kitchen, Cold Boiling Lake, and Devastated Area. It is currently very geologically active with weekly earthquakes, boiling mudpots, steaming ground, roaring fumaroles, and sulfurous gases that constantly remind everyone who visits that the potential for a volcanic eruption is still a very real possibility. In spite of the ominous names and scary sounding environment, it could not be a better place to spend a day or week!

REI recently partnered with the park to host this year’s REI Campout there. After registering, you get to hang out with cool people from all over the state, take as many classes as you can fit in your day, learn new skills, hike in new areas, kayak on a lake that has geologically fresh lava flows in it, and learn how to make the perfect s’more sitting around the campfire with so many like-minded people who are just as obsessed with the outdoors as you are.

As a #reiemployee, I was brought along to teach different kayaking classes throughout the weekend and as support staff to fill in as needed. Since I worked most of the weekend, I didn’t shoot very much; but for the little bit I was off the clock I shot as much as I could. Below are some of the shots I took in my time not working.

It was my first time to this park and it definitely won’t be my last! There is just so much more left to see and I’ve barely scratched the surface.