Trip Start May 01, 2008
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bushytail state park

Flag of United States  , California
Wednesday, July 23, 2008

We headed east away from the coast to see Mt Shasta, the tallest peak in California at over 14,000ft (4500m). We had been warned that there were fires in that area and it might be smoky... well it was a very smoky drive as the pictures show. Luckily it cleared up as we drove and we found a small campsite called Bushy-tail on Eagle Lake.

The following day, using our guide books we took a LONG drive. We drove to the top of Mt Shasta and had a picnic as it was totally clear and you could see for 100 miles! We entertained ourselves all day with 70's cartoon speak (Shazam!! - Scooby Doo etc). The town of Shasta Lake is an abandoned gold mining town and is now a protected site with a real wild west frontier feel, the highway is the main street thru the town.

We also visited the Lava Beds National Monument, an area that was covered by many lava flows from Mt Shasta and now has an array of formations including lava tubes. Lava tubes are tunnels made by lava as the outside solidifies and the centre stays liquid and keeps flowing.

Burney falls was beautiful, a picture perfect shampoo commercial water fall, Brent had a Tarzan moment and stripped off to dive in, needless to say those pictures are only available by mail order!!

As we neared Bushy-tail it got really smokey, the wind had changed direction and trying to find the Eagle in amongst the trees was not easy. It was way to late to try and head out (plus we had already paid for the night) so with the windows sealed up tight we slept lightly before leaving early. We headed back towards Mt Shasta and Burney falls thinking we could camp another night there... after driving for 100miles thru smoke so thick it was like fog we gave up, hit the I-5 and raced north to Oregon. We were very lucky with our day out at Mt Shasta, the I-5 passes right past it and normally has great views, we didn't even get a glimpse of it thru the smoke....
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