Posted by: scrabblequeen | July 15, 2011

A Tale of Two Volcanos

Things have been hopping around here for the last two weeks. We had three of our four “boys” come home at the same time. A minor miracle, to be sure. 🙂 First the Airman flew in on July 1st, then the youngest returned home from Alaska on the morning of the 5th, and finally, our eldest arrived about midnight that same day. For all of Wednesday and Thursday we had a fairly full house for the first time in a very long time.

Friday morning (7/8) we packed up the car, dropped the Airman back at the airport, and then turned our sights to the north. My cousin Liz had arranged for a family reunion to be held in Ashland, Oregon over the weekend. I’ll tell you more about that later. For now, I just want to show you some beautiful shots of two very different volcanos that were a part of our weekend.

The first volcano is Mt Shasta, located in California. It is a large, snow-covered peak visible from south of Redding until fairly near the Oregon border. At certain points along the road it truly dominates the view.
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Mt Shasta, still in the distance

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Beautiful, isn’t it? California has some very interesting place names…can you read the sign here?
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Weed? Really, you advertise that?

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Mt Shasta stands alone, and is about 10,000 ft above the surrounding area. “The United States Geological Survey considers Mount Shasta a dormant volcano, which will erupt again”. It is a very popular area with tourists..for hiking, skiing, sight-seeing and so on. One hopes it will give a bit more notice before it blows again than Mt St. Helens did back in the 80’s, as a fair number of folk live within range of it’s projected lava flows and ash clouds.
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Obviously we passed Mt Shasta twice over the four day weekend…once coming and once going. It never ceases to draw my eye to it’s snowy peak, no matter how many times I have seen it over the years.

The second volcano referenced in my title is Mt Mazama. Nestled within the caldera of Mt Mazama is Crater Lake. We made a trip up to Crater Lake on Saturday with the extended family. This was my third visit to the lake, and although each of those visits has been in either July or August, I have never been able to do the “rim drive”….due to snow on the ground! This is a very beautiful lake. The specs are all in the Wiki article I linked to, so if you find such things interesting, you should go check it out.
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Crater Lake

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I will give you all this snippet here, just in case you don’t go over to the Wiki article….Just because I think it’s that cool.

🙂 “It is the deepest lake in the United States with a depth of 594 m (1,949 ft). Crater Lake is fed solely by falling rain and snow, with no inflow or outflow at the surface, and hence is one of the clearest lakes in the world.”

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Incredible blues, at Crater Lake, OR


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So, there you have it, a Tale of Two Volcanos. One a lofty peak, the other a collapsed peak with an amazingly beautiful lake in its caldera. Where have you been lately that has breath-taking views? I want to know where I should be planning to visit someday.

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  1. How fun to have your boys around for a little bit! Such a familiar drive for me. I always love the views of Mt. Shasta. The kids always crack up when we drive through Weed. The last and only time I’ve been to Crater Lake was when I was 4 or 5…
    Have a great weekend!

  2. Stunning photos! So glad you had 3/4ths of the boys home for a bit.

    I don’t have any lofty views to share. You’ve seen my favorite mountaintop view – Monticello looking northeast – so…

  3. Lovely photos! We visited Crater Lake years ago…it really is spectacular! If you turn your car north and get up toward Bellingham, take the extra time to visit Mt. Baker, our local volcano. It’s especially pretty in the summer, when Heather Meadows are in bloom and the wild blueberries are ripe!

  4. Sitting here looking out my window at the breathtaking male hawk this afternoon. Hadn’t seen him in awhile. Gorgeous.

    Thank you for the vicarious vacation!

  5. Beautiful! What a great vacation. I think I must go there sometime.

    As for the doe, deer get pretty used to non-danger pretty quickly. We used to have a herd of them who would watch us training our dogs. They knew all the dog were on leashes and that they were safe. Oh, and they also knew that they were safe from hunters in the Christmas Tree farm where hunting was banned by the owner. They’d go stand in there on hunting days and thumb their noses at the guys with guns. Made the hunters livid. tee hee!

  6. Wow! Gorgeous, absolutely gorgeous. And coincidentally… I just posted more England pictures today, so there’s my answer to your question :).


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