Snow and a Sundress

Welcome back, friends.  When last we spoke, the sun had set on Lake Tahoe part II.  This blog brings us to one of my favorite places We visited so far.  Even though Our stay wasn’t very long (1/2 day) compared to some others (multiple days), it makes it to the topish of the list.  On the way there We drove through more beautiful scenery 🙂 past lakes and through mountains and stuff.  This one place We just had to get out and take pictures.

From the road
It was very peaceful

Then We came to Lassen Volcanic Nat’l Park.

It is hard to describe being in there.  First We were just driving through some very lush mountains that were growing some pretty fantastic patches of wildflowers.  We could see for what seemed like forever through the clear blue and past layers of scenery

We got to get up close to some of the “hydrothermal features” of this amazing place.

“Hydrothermal (hot water) features at Lassen Volcanic National Park fascinate visitors to this region of northeastern California. Boiling mudpots, steaming ground, roaring fumaroles, and sulfurous gases are linked to active volcanism and are all reminders of the ongoing potential for eruptions in the Lassen area. Nowhere else in the Cascade Range of volcanoes can such an array of hydrothermal features be seen. Recent work by scientists with the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), in cooperation with the National Park Service, is shedding new light on the inner workings of the Lassen hydrothermal system.”

Here is a “fumarole”

Fumarole

Steaming ground:

Me looking out over the beauty:

I love my tattoo…I rarely get to see it, but I do love it 🙂

We kept driving and stopping and driving and stopping.  There was so much to see!  We came across some half frozen lakes and learned what the color “icy blue” really is.

holy.crap.

So, We keep driving and stopping and here are some more pictures:

The leftover snow was still pretty deep!

Almost busted my ass climbing up the snow
didn't want to put my butt down
Every chance I get

Yes, yes I will walk out on every log across water I come across that looks like it probably wont kill me.  I don’t know why, just accept it.

When We left Lassen, We drove to Lake Shasta/Whiskeytown Nat’l Recreation Area.  It was a giant lake and Our campsite was pretty close to it 🙂  The water level was incredibly low which was kind of sad, but it was nice and peaceful.  We set up the tent and then went for a swim.  Most of the pictures from there were damaged when His camera jumped into the ocean (story coming soon) but here are the few that I have.

The edge of the lake closest to Us. Whiskeytown Lake provides 36 miles of shoreline and 3,200 surface acres for recreation. HUGE

We had the campsite for 2 nights, but only stayed that night and then after going to the VA the next day for Cali having the itchiest hands EVAH, We packed up camp and drove towards the Redwoods.  Just because We felt like it.

If only We had known what effect such a breathtaking place as Redwoods California would have on Calis camera…

Stay tuned…

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