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The beautiful snow covered mountain in this photo is Mount Lassen. It’s one of the major landmarks of northern California. One of the first things I taught my daughter to look for, to get her bearings, in case she ever got lost. If you travel by car it’s a little more than one hour from us, to get to the base of the mountain. However, in 1915 this volcano had a big eruption, and the volcanic rocks from he eruption can be found all over, within minutes from our doorstep. In fact if we go hiking, or horseback riding, on trails near our place, we often have to deal with big boulders, along with smaller volcanic rocks on the trail. The volcanic rocks rained over a 200 miles radius when Mount Lassen erupted.

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This photo is taken from one of our local trails. Notice all the volcanic rocks that are spread out over the landscape. It gives the landscape a magic touch! That was my very first thought, when I experienced it for the first time, a few years back.

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Here is one where you can see the scale of the rocks better, Mount Lassen in the background.

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A close up picture of mount Lassen, from another angle, taken this spring. It’s a magnificent, extraordinary phenomena, no wonder there’s so many legends about this volcano. If you get a chance google “Mount Lassen Legends”, and you’ll be in for some good reading.

Have an awesome day!

Love,

Ms Zen

 

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One of the things I love the most, with all the western states, is the endless acres of wild country available to the public. Nature at its very best. It touches something deep inside of me to visit these places. The quietness. The luck of motorized vehicles, the absence of noise. It makes me humble, and grateful. Seeing it through my daughter’s eyes, doubles the experience.

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You must give everything to make your life as beautiful as the dreams that dance in your imagination. – Roman Payne

The scale, and the whole experience multiplies in beauty, with her by my side. Experiencing things for the first time, through the eyes of a child, was what encouraged me to become a teacher in the first place. It is also one of the things I enjoy the most about motherhood. The magical places in today’s post, Lassen Volcanic National Park and Burney Falls, are both within a couple hours from us. I love that it is possible to make a one day adventure and get a complete change of environment, when every day life gets a little stressful.

Today my mind is occupied with prayers to the victims of the terrible fires south of us, lots of work, and projects. This week’s photo challenge helped me in a positive way to re-live the positive wonders of nature around us, and that makes me even more grateful to be alive and well.

Love,

Ms Zen

NorCal Through My Glasses

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When you tell people that you live in California they usually picture LA, or San Francisco. It seems like that goes for 99% of people from other states and countries, that I’ve encountered. This post is about another side.

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To be totally honest. Cities, in all their beauty and comfort are not all that appealing to me. I can’t stand traffic, or bumping in to people right and left when walking down a street. Sure it’s enjoyable to eat at a good restaurant in the city. I do appreciate that, but as soon as I thanked the waitress and paid, I can’t get out fast enough.

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I LOVE the other side of our beautiful state; the wide open spaces, the national parks that can’t be completely explored in one lifetime, the endless ocean and its beautiful beaches, the coyotes singing me to sleep most every night, watching bears enjoy blackberries in a sunny spot next to the lake, hiking/snowboarding on our extraordinary mountains, and growing my own food in the fertile soil in our part of the state. The fact that when you’re on a road trip it’s beautiful everywhere you look. When I drive in to town for groceries I only see beauty. I can’t get enough of this side of our state. Have you experienced this side?

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…perhaps that might be the way to write this book–to open the page and to let the stories crawl in by themselves.  ― John Steinbeck

That’s California to me. Life coming my way, like the waves coming into the magical beaches along the coast. Forcing me to accept the inevitable, to accept, to say yes, to start thinking outside the box. While exploring the wild sides of our state, I’ve also learned to say no when needed. To not compromise. I’ve been way to good at compromising earlier in my life. There’s no compromise in the nature around me, but the beauty is in how animals and plants coexist in harmony. It might sound contradicting. If you think about it, it makes perfect sense. I don’t think I learned as much during my 18 years in school (I loved school,) as I’ve learned from observing nature. California is pure magic to me. Just like I want life to be. Like I choose for my life to be.

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The pictures in today’s post is from a beach near Half Moon Bay, that I visited last weekend. It was Saturday afternoon/evening when we got there, my daughter needed to collect some sea shells. I love that it is possible to find an almost empty beach on a weekend.  Thanks for reading my thoughts on mindfulness.

Love,

Ms Zen