Lassen Volcanic National Park

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We went on a couple shorter hikes in Lassen Volcanic National Park earlier today. It was very peaceful. I thought I’d brighten your Saturday with some of the photos. Above is Reflection Lake with Chaos Crags, and Lassen Peak in the background.

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Does anyone know what this is? I would love to know! It looks kind of like a fungi, or mushroom? It grew in abundance around Reflection Lake.

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Lassen Peak seen from the devastated area.

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Lily Pond

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Chaos Crags, with rain clouds almost touching the peak.

The highway is still closed through the park. It’s expected to open next weekend. Fingers crossed 🙂 I can’t wait! Those trails, and views, that’s been hidden by snow over the winter, is like a long time lost friend, that I’m about to see very soon.

This post is part of the Weekly Photo Challenge; Liquid. I hope that your weekend got of to an amazing start!

 

Love,

Ms Zen

 

 

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Place in the World – Lassen Volcanic National Park

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Where do you belong? In the hustle and bustle of a big city or amongst friendly faces in a small town? For this week’s challenge, show us your place in the world.

The weekly photo challenge this week is Place in the World. I could take the challenge literally and say that my favorite city is (take a pick); Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York, Las Vegas, Reno, Seattle, Anchorage, Honolulu, Stockholm, Copenhagen, Madrid, Rome, Prague, London, Oslo, Paris, or a number of other perfectly marvelous cities I’ve enjoyed, but I know that artistic freedom is encourage here (that’s what I like about this weekly challenge.) To tell you the truth, I do enjoy visit these places..for a few hours at a time. After a few hours I wish that I was up in the mountains. Almost any mountain. The mountains are my place in the world. They give me peace of mind. I feel good. I have everything I need, when I breath fresh mountain air.

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I’m blessed to live close to Mt.Lassen. I go there as often as I can. I could spend the rest of my life exploring that park, and still not see everything. The photos in this post is from last weekend. Only a fraction of the park is open now, there’s massive amounts of snow covering the road that passes through the park (Highway 89.) The areas closest to the two entrances are open, and you can hike/snowshoe/ski out from there.

The park has two entrances, and we entered by the northwest entrance last weekend, and drove all the way to the road closure, some 9 miles into the park. Our first hike was on Highway 89, right after the road closure. I took the snow covered photo above during that hike.

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After my daughter had her fill of playing in the snow, we drove back to the entrance, and Manzanita Lake. It’s a super easy 1,5 mile stroll around the lake. The views are spectacular the whole way, and it was a great way to end our day.

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Manzanita Lake is surrounded by Jeffrey and Ponderosa Pine.

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During our visit it hit me, that it was exactly 5 years ago since my very first visit in the park, Mother’s Day 2013. My daughter was less than a year old, and experienced snow for the first time.

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Since Manzanita Lake is so easily accessible all year round, it’s a very popular place. I have not visited the park one time without seeing fishermen enjoy this place. The biggest campground, and picnic area, in the park is located at the beach furthest back, in the middle of this photo. We ate our lunch in the picnic area there, before walking around the lake.

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Live in New York City once, but leave before it makes you hard. Live in Northern California once, but leave before it makes you soft. – Mary Schmich

I’m afraid that the beauty here already soften my sharp edges a bit. It kind of put everything else in life in another perspective. It’s the effect of seeing the world through northern California glasses. When I think of our beautiful state, especially the northern part where I spend most of my time, I think about freedom. I think about the wilderness areas. The beauty of all the Western States, to me, is taking the backroads, climbing the mountains, hiking in the National Parks, creating a beautiful garden, enjoying the best nature has to offer. It makes me humble, and grateful.

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Manzanita Lake, with Chaos Crags, and Lassen Peak in the background. 

I hope you enjoy the visit to my neck of the woods. I’ve written many posts, and shared hundreds of photos from Lassen Volcanic National Park. You can see my favorite photos in my gallery.

I often participate in the Weekly Photo Challenge at The Daily Post, as a way of interacting with photographers around the world. I enjoy that very much. I’m looking forward to explore your place in the world. 

Love,

Ms Zen

Weekend Coffee Share

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Would you like to have a cup of coffee with me this beautiful morning? Any special Easter Weekend plans? My daughter was supposed to spend this week with her dad. She’s been counting down the days since January, when she last saw him. I had my mind set on spending a lot of time working with my horse. That’s partly why I got a saddle for him last week, to be able to stay super busy, and have lots of things to work with (to keep myself distracted.) It’s never easy leaving my daughter with her dad, but this time it didn’t happen. Instead of spending extra time with my horse, I actually spent less time with him (focusing on distracting my daughter from her disappointment.) I’ve still seen him twice a day every day, but we’ve only repeated familiar things, I didn’t introduce anything new. Ghost (my horse) had lots of turn-out time every day this week, and he appreciated the little break. I took the two sunrise photos at the boarding place, earlier this morning.

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Is spring in full bloom in your neck of the woods? It is here! The rain stopped, and we’ve had 75-80 degrees this week. It’s wonderful! Maybe you saw my garden post earlier this week? Where I announced our new place, and future plans.

I am planning on moving Ghost to the new place sometime after April 15. I’m going to do my best to find another horse to be his companion, and that would be a good fit for our family before then. I looked at two this week. They both had potential, but wasn’t the horse. I enjoy the process, but I’m definitely ready to say yes, when I meet the right horse. If it was only me it would be an easy decision, but I am set on finding one that my daughter could enjoy. (I would of said yes to the last horse I looked at yesterday, if I was looking for a horse for me. She would of been fun!) I’d still would like the new horse to be big enough for me, so that I can keep it tuned in, and smooth to ride for my daughter. ..and if her passion for horses would fade, I could still exercise the horse, especially important if the horse is younger. My intention is to offer a forever home, to a horse in need. If occasional guests could enjoy the horse from time to time (read: walk around the property,) it would be a plus, but definitely not necessary. I’m pretty open to breed/age etc, as long as the horse has a sweet disposition, and is suitable for my daughter (within a reasonable future. I don’t mind doing some work to get there.)   

How is the coffee? I think I’m going to have another cup. Would you like a refill? 

Since I am fortunate enough to unexpectedly have my daughter this Easter, I got to dye some eggs yesterday. It was fun! My daughter still beliefs in the Easter Bunny. She thinks that he comes tomorrow, early, before she wakes up, and deliver special eggs with gifts/candy in. I prepared those eggs this morning. LOL. She’s going to like them. Do you celebrate Easter? Any special Easter traditions in your family? I’m going to bake a big ham tonight, and we’re having a special Easter dinner tomorrow, with lots of fixings, and a Swedish Easter cake. 

Happy Easter!

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Love,

Ms Zen