In the middle of October we went up to Sunriver Resort near Bend for a week while Kirsten attended a GIS conference. While she was "working," Mike and Dominic went around exploring the Greater Bend area. It's a beautiful place, surrounded by the Deschutes National Forest, Mt. Bachelor, and lots of volcanic landmarks. Below are fotos from Lava Butte at the Lava Beds National Monument. We hiked around the Newberry Caldera and Crater. Lava Butte was formed from the cinders when the Newberry volcano erupted, so there is no vegetation near the cinder cone. Very cool. Nothing like hiking the Trail of the Molten Land on a hot day.