We climbed out of Snow Valley (named for the benefactor rather than the frozen water vapor), enjoying the prismatic earth tones enhanced by the morning sun. We were fueled by the last of the sweet fresh strawberries mixed in with our porridge (Bob’s Red Mill 7 grain hot cereal, a new breakfast favorite, edging out McCann’s Steel Cut oats).
It was fitting that we encountered a lava field and cinder cone shortly after joining the main road, since our climb was no faster than a lava flow.
The landscape quickly changed to lush green meadows in addition to hay and alfalfa fields. The horses and cattle seemed seemed to be enjoying the rich grasses, stretching their necks into the adjoining fields to poach some of the planted crops.
Their snack was nothing compared to the delicacies that awaited us in Veyo at Veyo Pies. We made and early lunch out of a palatable pulled pork sandwich with spicy barbecue sauce. The real treat was the fresh strawberry-rhubarb pie, followed by a slice of volcano pie (layered chocolate, caramel, and whipped creme on a graham cracker crust).
After the lava fields, cinder cones, and volcano pie, it was only fitting to find obsidian, later that evening at our campsite.