|These evergreens in northern California were
another element in our homecoming. It doesn't seem too logical to
get so excited about a homecoming right before we leave on a long
journey, but there you have it.
|We passed through Lassen Volcanic National
Park in northern California. Before Mt St Helens, this volcano was
the biggest eruption in the lower 48 states, and it was one of the
places that was studied to find out how Mt St Helens would recover.
|The drive into Crater Lake took us through
some regions in Oregon that had just been battling wildfires. The
haze and the smoke was pretty grim. But when we got up to the
lake, the smoke had dispersed enough to get some great views. As
long as we didn't look to the southwest.
|I was hoping to get a picture of Julie next
to a sign for wizard island. But there just wasn't enough good
signage. I just had to take the standard picture instead.
|As we were taking this picture, a fellow
tourist offered to take a photo for us. He didn't quite understand
how we like how these pictures turn out. We let him take a
picture of us and because we have a digital camera, it didn't cost us
any film to be friendly and let him take it.
You can see it was a little chilly up there. There were still a few spots of snow on the ground in the shade.