A lot of us Californians like to hit the open road, explore miles of highway and venture off onto some back roads. Sometimes, we come across towns with some pretty bizarre and surprising names. For this installment in our series “A Place Called What?!” we head to Bumpass Hell in Lassen Volcanic National Park. Know an unusual place name in California? Tell us about it in the comments below, or send a note to email@example.com.
You can smell Bumpass Hell before you actually see it.
"It smells like rotten eggs," Karen Haner says. "It's [the] hydrogen sulfide."
Bumpass Hell is the largest hydrothermal area in Lassen Volcanic National Park, where Haner is the chief of interpretation and education.
She tells me that Bumpass Hell has been described as "a little Yellowstone" because of its boiling mud pots and steamy fumaroles.