Lassen Camping Trip
August 5-13, 2009
Mikey's Moments > Lassen Camping Trip
On Wednesday August 5th we set out bright and early for the 260 mile drive to Shingletown where we had a camp site booked at the Mt Lassen Kampgrounds of America. The journey was very smooth and we arrived early afternoon ready to setup camp and eager to explore the Lassen Volcanic National Park!

A storm came in the day after we arrived and it rained for most of the day - however the cool thing was that it dropped some snow and so the kids got to have a snowball fight at the Mt Lassen Trailhead!

We had a great time exploring the park and also got in a trip to the gorgeous Burney Falls and also to Redding to check out the Sundial Bridge, Arboretum and Turtle Bay and to Lake Shasta to check out Shasta Dam.

As ever the days passed far too quickly and the fun days and relaxing camp fire evenings soon came to an end and on Thursday August 13th we packed up, said goodbye to Al and our camp site and drove home...
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A quick rest and snack stop on highway 5 on the way to Shingletown


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Sign at our wonderful campground - Mt. Lassen KOA near Shingletown


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The Lassen Volcanic National Park entrance at Manzanita Lake


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Anthony, Carina and James posing by the car in Lassen Volcanic National Park


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A view across Hat Lake in Lassen Volcanic National Park


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A snowball fight at the Lassen Peak trailhead


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A snowy tableau at Lassen Peak trailhead


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Another snowy tableau at Lassen Peak trailhead


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The kids posing at Lassen Volcanic National Park


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Picnic lunch at at McArthur-Burney Falls Memorial State Park


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A gorgeous blue bird captured at Burney Falls


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The 129 feet beautiful Burney Falls


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A dramatic view of the Burney Falls at McArthur-Burney Falls Memorial State Park


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A cute chipmunk discovered along the loop trail at Burney Falls


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Burnt forest along highway 44 after 1,800 lightning strikes hit over the weekend of August 2nd to 3rd


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Another scene of the aftermath of the fire


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A closeup shot of the misty peak of a snowy Mt. Lassen


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Carina, James and Anthony crossing the Sundial Bridge in Redding


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The kids taking a break in the heat at McConnell Arboretum in Redding


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A lovely hummingbird captured at McConnell Arboretum in Redding


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An iridescent dragonfly captured at McConnell Arboretum in Redding


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A gorgeous Pipevine Swallowtail butterfly snapped at McConnell Arboretum in Redding


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A mock crash scene captured at Turtle Bay Exploration Park in Redding
(No vehicles were injured during the taking of this photograph)


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Designed by Santiago Calatrava - the lovely Sundial Bridge spans the Sacramento River in Redding


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Lake Helen nestles under the summit of Mt Lassen and is named after Helen Tanner
Brodt who was the first non-native woman to climb to Lassen Peak


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Anthony demonstrating yoga at Lake Helen


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Carina balancing on a rock at Lake Helen


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James with no comment at Lake Helen


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This cute chipmunk came to see us on the trail to Bumpass Hell


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Bumpass Hell - an amazing place of escaping steam and boiling mud pits!


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Steam escaping from volcanic activity deep underground


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The kids on the Bumpass Hell trail


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It is easy to see why the early explorers thought this was a view of hell!


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Overlooking the steam vents at Bumpass Hell


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A dramatic view of Mt. Lassen


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Another dramatic view of Mt. Lassen


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A view over Hat Lake - elevation 6,450 feet


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A different perspective of Hat Lake


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Our very neat and tidy (NOT!) tent at Lassen KOA


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Anthony, Carina and James posing on Shasta Dam


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A view from Shasta Dam down the Sacramento River


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Shasta Dam is the second largest in the USA after the Hoover Dam


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Carina and James passing time at the Shasta Dam visitor centre


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A tender moment between an American Coot mother and chick


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Three American Coot chicks snapped in perfect formation


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A fun moment captured at Manzanita Lake


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Carina and James negotiating a fallen tree trunk at Manzanita Lake


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A lovely little California Striped Whipsnake snapped on the shore of Manzanita Lake


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Mt. Lassen (right) reflected beautifully in the surface of Manzanita Lake


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Anthony, James and Carina balancing on a log at Reflection Lake


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Carina and Anthony looking tired after a long hike


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This little lizard was snapped whilst on a hike in the park


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A rest break for these intrepid hikers!


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The 'Man From Wales' snapped by Carina on a hike in the park


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Beautiful Kings Creek Falls at the end of a long hike


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This gorgeous view over the forest could easily be a watercolor painting...


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A game break for Anthony and a much needed rest for an exhausted Carina!


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James spotted this deer near the Manzanita Lake camp store


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Anthony and Carina full of energy after a relaxing vacation


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Carina is happy that all the hard work is over...


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A last sit on our picnic table - not wanting to leave this peaceful place!


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James is in his seat and all set for the journey home


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The mailbox outside our campground


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Parked on highway 44 outside our camp ground before the 264 mile drive back home
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