Sunday, August 14, 2011


I'm hiking on the trail where flowers are blooming, but where? You might think I was in Texas with these pretty bluebonnets,

...But wait a minute, bluebonnets flower in Texas in the spring and this is August.

and I have never seen yellow bluebonnets in Texas, so I can't be in Texas.

But surely this has to be Yellowstone, with fumaroles and mud pots and stinky sulphurous air. But I am not in Yellowstone.
Here's another clue.

Deep snow and packed trails. I sure am glad I had my hiking boots, poles and sun glasses. Alaska?

Sorry David, no fly fishing here!

If you haven't guessed yet, I'm in Lassen Volcanic National Park. This is one of the lesser known National Parks situated in Northeastern California and boasting the largest plug dome volcano in the world, Lassen Peak. It last erupted in 1915.

We spent 2 days in the park, hiking the trails and enjoying the clear mountain air and the cool nights. Here are a few photos of one of our great National Parks.

Mountain goat!

This boulder was moved here by the action of a glacier.

Death cammas.


Early morning views of Mount Lassen from Manzanita Lake.


  1. i so enjoy looking at your travel photos - beautiful!

  2. How beautiful. I've never heard of this park. Thanks for showing it.
    I do envy the cool mountain air. Nothing cool about the air, here in Central Texas.

  3. Wish I were with you! Laura

  4. Looks like a great hike with some cool breezes!!!

  5. It's 101 here today. It was 102 yesterday and it will be 101 all this week. I could go for some of that snow right now. What a beautiful place!
    David/ Houston :-)

  6. I had not heard of this lovely place before reading your post. Thanks for the tour...just beautiful!

  7. What a lovely fun vacation. Enjoy that snow and don't come back to Austin! It is beyond miserable. I know it will rain again someday, but it sure doesn't feel like it will ever rain again.

  8. Shorts and skies at the same time! What an amazing place.

  9. Just beautiful! Thanks for posting while on your trip!