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Cannibals at Donner Pass

Cannibals at Donner Pass

Tuesday June 12th Wednesday June 13th Nothing much exciting happened on Tuesday. I drove from Oroville to Sacramento because I needed to exchange rental cars there on Wednesday. I had In N Out burger for lunch, that was the most exciting thing that happened! Wednesday I spent most of the morning exchanging rental cars and finally got out of town around noon. It was a 2 hour trip to Lake Tahoe from Sacramento. On the way to Tahoe, I stopped…

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Lassen, Oh Lassen!!

Lassen, Oh Lassen!!

Monday June 11th, 2018 It was really cold last night, down in the upper 30’s, so I stayed snuggled in my down bag a little extra this am. I finally got camp packed up and ate breakfast in the warmth of my car! Onwards to see the glory of Lassen! I stopped first to see the Chaos Crags and Chaos Jumbles. Chaos Crags are the youngest lava domes within the park, formed around 1,100 years ago. A lava dome is…

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I Want to Live Here!

I Want to Live Here!

Sunday June 10th, 2018 After a great night’s sleep in my cozy bed at the Fort Bidwell Hotel I ventured downstairs and had a delicious breakfast. On the napkins were all the cattle brands in Modoc County, wonder which one my cow friend from yesterday had? I gathered my stuff, said goodbye to Peter, who had been my hotel staff and amazing cook during my time here, and started my drive back down the valley. Outside the hotel the State…

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Fort Bidwell

Fort Bidwell

Saturday June 9th, 2018 Checked the weather this morning and it was supposed to be 45 for a high in Lassen Volcanic Park and rain. I decided I was going to look for a place to relax for the day and go to Lassen tomorrow. Fort Bidwell Historic Hotel at the north end of Surprise Valley fit the bill. The hotel was built in 1906 to house high grade miners in the area searching for gold. It was purchased in…

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Lava Tubes, Strongholds and the Most Beautiful Magical Valley!

Lava Tubes, Strongholds and the Most Beautiful Magical Valley!

Friday June 8th, 2018 Woke up in Lava Beds National Monument at the campground this am, surrounded by people! I spent a little time this morning talking to my camp neighbors and the guy recommended I check out a place called Surprise Valley when I headed to Alturas later. I packed up and headed to the visitors center to see what I should see. Lava Beds National Monument lies on the flank of Medicine Lake Volcano which has the largest…

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Burney Falls, Hat Creek and Creepy Empty Camps!

Burney Falls, Hat Creek and Creepy Empty Camps!

Thursday June 7th, 2018 Met two great gals this morning on a road trip with their momma this morning. They camped across from me and we ended up chatting awhile, they fed me grapefruit, which wasn’t bad and we hiked together later. It was great to have some company! Deb and Kathy and their mom Bev had rented a rather large motorhome for a week and they had Debs dog Dexter with them too. I got puppy love from Dexter,…

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Cave bacon and sundials….

Cave bacon and sundials….

Wednesday June 6th, 2018 I went over to the other campground and picnic area of Castle Crags this morning to check out the Sacramento River before I left the park. There was a cool suspension bridge that was very mobile as I walked on it! It held and I was able to see the pretty river! I headed down I-5 to Lake Shasta Caverns. This tour involved a boat ride across the lake, a bus ride up the side of…

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Biker chicks, more falls and Castle Crags

Biker chicks, more falls and Castle Crags

Tuesday June 5th, 2018 Met 2 cool biker ladies from Seattle as I was loading my car today. The one had a Victory bike so I got a picture for my son because he also rides a Victory. I enjoyed meeting and talking with them. Stopped to take a short hike to see Hedge Creek Falls and it was pretty amazing! There was a big rock gorge that the falls were pouring over, and an undercut behind the falls so…

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Crater Lake

Crater Lake

Monday June 4th, 2018 6 miles of the deepest blue water you have ever seen in a volcanic caldera surrounded by rough snowy edges. Are you dreaming? No, you are standing on the edge of Crater Lake! 7,700 years ago there was a large 12,000 foot tall stratovolcano named Mount Mazama. It erupted so violently that it’s summit was completely destroyed, losing over 5,000 feet of its height and thenĀ  collapsed in on itself. This created a huge caldera 2,148…

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Hiking, Diamond Lake and shield volcanoes!

Hiking, Diamond Lake and shield volcanoes!

Sunday June 3rd, 2018 Today I drove through Sisters again and reaffirmed my love for that town! I was going to stop and wander Main Street but it was fairly early on a Sunday morning and most shops weren’t open yet. I continued south through land I had already seen. I got to my campsite at Diamond Lake and got set up before lunchtime. I hadn’t realized that the PCT passed so close to here. I decided to eat lunch…

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