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Friday, May 08, 2009

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Is that Rainier (sp?) ? I'm guessing it's the Cascades somewhere. It doesn't actually look like Rainier. not with those two peaks, or not the photos I've seen I should say, since I've never seen Rainier in real life.

It's Shasta (in the Cascades, as you guessed). The second peak is "Shastina".

And may I say for anyone visiting the town of Mount Shasta: make sure you stop at the headwaters of the Sacramento River, and take a lot of empty bottles when you do—the water's amazing.

I'm envious. I've never been to the Cascades. As a kid my parents had some Time/Life books on various wilderness areas, one of them being the Cascades, and I loved looking at that one the most.

I've always wanted to see Mt. Shasta--my wife and I got close (200 miles or so) during our honeymoon, but we stayed in the central part of California, seeing Yosemite, Sequoia, the Big Sur coast area, Monterey and San Franscisco. Not enough time to go further north, darn it. Someday.

I can understand your disappointment, but you did catch most of the best stuff with that itinerary.

Shasta is certainly worth seeing, though. I also went up to Crater Lake in Oregon, and it was mightily impressive even though you couldn't get close (the snow is still too deep). Just sitting on the side of the caldera, looking at the 30% grade straight down into the lake and hoping the snow didn't suddenly let loose, was worth the trip.

The best part was the Oregon coast, though, which (to my surprise) is even better than the California coast.

I just visited Arches, which is also nice.

Glad to hear it. I've got Arches on my list to visit someday (and Utah in general—I could use a few wives).

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