Lake Almanor, Lassen Volcanic National Park, and an Annular Solar Eclipse - May 2012

We drove to Chester to use the small town as a base of operations for visiting nearby Lassen Volcanic National Park and Lake Almanor.  (See the travelogue from our last trip to Lassen in 2005.)  Unfortunately, the roads inside the park were not yet clear of snow, and from the south entrance the farthest we could get was the parking lot at Bumpass Hell, so we saw what we could.  We drove most of the way around Lake Almanor and found it quite beautiful, though unfortunately overdeveloped on the eastern side and on the peninsula.  We also took in the rare annular solar eclipse on May 20, and on our way home we drove around Sutter Buttes, something we had intended to do for many years. 

About a week before the trip we heard of the coming solar eclipse, and that it was going to pass right over Chester and the national park, so we ordered solar observation glasses and had them delivered to the Bidwell House Bed and Breakfast where we stayed; thankfully they arrived in time.  Also, one of the other guests at the B & B brought his 8" telescope equiped with a solar filter and set it up in the adjacent meadow so we were able to see the eclipse up close.  Please enjoy the pictures below.

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