“I can still remember the smells and sounds of Reno, the stillness on 242...the heat of death valley. One of those trips that can never be recreated. Now we are old and in bed at 8pm, we drive according to the road conditions, and the kids are always too damn loud. At least we dont travel like Al Bundy!”
The snow was definitely coming down as we turned off the highway and onto the road leading up to the Timberline Lodge. We had the intro music to The Shining playing out of the stereo as we climbed. And climbed. And climbed. And finally, the hotel came into view, looking exactly like it did in the movie. Amazing.
Lassen Peak is the southernmost volcano in the Cascade Range, rising to 10,457 feet above sea level, and last erupted in 1917. We decide to attempt this one for the simple fact that it’s not a technical climb at all. The trail up is definitely steep, but the numerous switchbacks make it much easier. There’s a little snowfield at the top to cross, and then a scramble to get to the summit. We didn’t think it was anything we couldn’t handle.
We’d been so busy since we got to Vegas that we didn’t have a chance to even start exploring yet! Keep in mind, we were both Vegas virgins, so neither one of us really knew anything about anything. Talk about sensory overload, right?
Groom Rd, the road to Area 51, looks like it stretches on for eternity. The closer we got to the base, the more watched we felt. We knew the “camo dudes” were around. We made it to the entry point (which we didn’t cross, because y’all silly invaders WILL LIKELY GET SHOT if you cross), but we did find time for a quick photo op, and an even quicker turnaround. And then, just like in Rhyolite the previous day, it started to RAIN!
The miracle of all miracles happened. Not sure if it was the booze, or the IDGAF mindset that tends to happen on vacation, hell, it could have been the Apter wrestling magazine that I was reading, but there was a grand total of ONE attractive young lady at the pool, and we hit it off right on the spot.
Highway 242 is amazing. Once you get to the neverending fields of lava, you’ll soon get to the Dee Wright Observatory. It sounds like something nerdy, but it’s anything but. It’s f’n dope. It’s basically a castle made out of lava. Up top, you’re treated to a 360 degree panorama of the Oregon cascades. North and Middle Sisters to the South, and then to the north you see Mt. Washington, Mt. Jefferson, and on a clear day, Mt. Hood.
Twenty years ago, my friend Mark and I went on a pretty sick f’n road trip, and aside from friends and family we showed our Costco 4x6s too, no one got to experience it. UNTIL NOW! I’ve gone back into this twenty year old album to pull out these treasures out and share them with the world.
Found myself in downtown Vancouver one evening with an hour to kill, and as luck would have it, it was right smack in the middle of golden hour. Score!! Wandered up to the Granville Street Bridge, looking west to the Burrard Street Bridge and English Bay, and snapped a few photos of the sun going down. You know, I really do live in one of the most beautiful places….!
We spent so much time shopping that we didn't get up to Mt. Baker and Mt. Shuksan until WELL after nightfall, so I figured it'd be a good time to do some night photography!We spent so much time shopping that we didn't get up to Mt. Baker and Mt. Shuksan until WELL after nightfall, so I figured it'd be a good time to do some night photography!
I’ve had a few people asking me about my photos that were on Global BC last Sunday, when they were featuring the small town of Beaverdell, on their weekly Small Town BC segment. (The word “town” may be a bit of a reach, but you know what I mean)