Somewhere around ten years ago David and I spent a day at Ahjumawi Lava Springs State Park. This is a small and quiet park that is only accessible via boat since other than its lakeshore, the park is surrounded entirely by private lands. Ten years ago we rented a canoe and paddled about a mile to the first trailhead, then did a six mile hike through lava flows and by lava tubes. After the hike we paddled back across the lake. We didn’t see another person and the wildlife was incredible. For years we’ve been saying we need to go back and take advantage of the campsites lining the shore, and we finally got around to it last weekend.
I am in Germany for business this week but wanted to get a quick “Photo Thursday” out there. This is not an artistically earthshattering photo, but it’s still one of my favorites from 2011. It is a shot of Mt Shasta taken on January 30, 2011, from an uncomfortable economy seat of a United 747. I had been on the plane for about 9 hours (this was the return flight from my last trip to Germany) and was dozing off when the pilot announced that we were approaching Mt Shasta and he would dip the wings so we would get a good view. I’ve been on this flight several times and have never had a pilot do this, so I dug out my camera and captured the view below.