We spent this week camping at Lassen Volcanic National Park, in northern California. This is a photo I took on a hike around Manzanita Lake, looking toward Chaos Crags. Lassen Peak is to the right in the photo. note: click for larger views of any photo
The park is located in the southern reaches of the Cascade Range, but has so many characteristics of the Sierras. The trees are predominately Ponderosa and Jeffrey pine, with sugar pine and fir trees. The rocky landscape is the result of volcanic events and the park contains 4 types of volcanoes. It's a wonderful place to learn about geology of the western states.
We saw a mama bear and her 2 cubs while driving into the park, and of course, lots of deer, chipmunks, squirrels and birds. I almost stepped on this little racer while walking around Hat Lake. These snakes are hard to find as they are super fast, and have great camouflage. If I have misidentified this snake, let me know please.
The stellar jays were not obnoxious as usual-I don't think campers feed them. I was lucky to get this picture before he/she flew off.
It is nice to be home, and I am looking forward to some sewing time, some training/riding with Nick and more showers-our campsite was pretty ashy from the recent Reading fire nearby. Have a wonderful weekend.