Friday, July 15, 2011

Day 18: Mt Lassen and Lake Tahoe

Once again, we were met with another road closing when we arrived at today's park: Mt. Lassen. Fortunately, we were able to get into the park, just not drive all the way through it (thanks to 15 feet of snow--which was melted down from the original 27 feet), increasing the length of our drive to Lake Tahoe. The long drives seem to be getting to many of us (including myself) and we all looked forward to a relaxing afternoon at the lake where we could stretch our van-cramped legs and dip our toes in the water.

Mt Lassen is the Southernmost volcano of the High Cascades, although many other volcanoes are still seen farther south, but these are part of the Sierra Nevada range. Lassen's last eruption was in 1915, an episode that remained rather active until 1917.

We then visited the nearby Sulfur Works, which are reminiscent of a more humble version of the hot springs at Yellowstone, but the stench (likened to that of rotten eggs... among other odors) seemed far worse here.

After a very long drive, we finally made it to Lake Tahoe, where a few friends and I just walked along the water's edge enjoying the beach atmosphere backdropped with snow capped mountains. The family-friendly environment reminded me of my childhood days spent on the lake with our family's boat. Fortunately, I don't get to weighed down by homesickness because I know that I still have so much to see--especially Yosemite and King Sequoia National Parks!

At the end of a very long day, we enjoyed a great dinner at an authentic barbecue restaurant.

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