Lassen Volcanic National Park. Sept 3 - 6, 2004.
(top, down) Driving up from the
valley we had a fabulous dinner at Casa Ramos in Redding. We observed
succession of tree species as we drove up the hill from Redding (600
feet elevation) to Lassen (5860 feet elevation). We camped at the
Lake campground near the west entrance to the park. We got
our tents set up in time to make a short hike to Lake Manzanita for
Jim & I both took all of our pictures on this trip with our
Olympus Stylus 300 digital cameras.
Manzanita Lake area map
(top, down) Lake Manzanita is
in the north-west corner of the park.
Manzanita Lake at sunset
(top, down) Gangs of mallard
were busy working
the shoreline for
a bedtime snack. (photo by Jim)
(top, down) And the occasional
fish made a splash when snatching a fly from the surface of the
water. (photo by Jim)
(top, down) These are the kind of pictures that I probably wouldn't
have tried with my old film camera. With the digital camera I'm more
inclined to experiment because there are no film or developing costs.
So even though it wasn't an epic sunset I took 8 pictures here and I'm
glad I did.
Then we went to the ranger's slideshow presentation on Lassen
geology. We got lots of great information there and in the brochure
that we got at the park entrance. This park has examples of all 4
types of volcanoes. "Roadside Geology of Northern
California" (ISBN 0-87842-055-X) also has a good chapter with more
geological information about Lassen and the surrounding area.
(Advance to Crags)