Saturday, April 17, 2010

about locations

Mt. Shasta
(from Weed airport)
April 17, 2010

While driving alone for 8 hours heading north on the I-5, I entertained myself by enjoying the stunning and varied, spring green of central and northern CA. If it were any other time of year, I would have yawned at the expansive stretches of yellow, dried grasses. I purposely left the camera at home, a decision I'm now regretting for not being able to capture the greenery, flowers, and birds along the way. My car, however, effectively sampled flying insects through 500 miles of travel - splat!

The photo above was taken with my phone. I've never seen Mt. Shasta with so much snow AND without clouds obscuring the view... which isn't saying much, considering I've only been through here a handful of times.

I try to limit my posts on Nature ID to the Central Coast of CA. However, I've already included a couple pics from our camping trips to the Sierras (Yosemite) and northward (Burney Falls, Humboldt & Richardson), which are not entirely coastal, nor central. Point Conception is commonly considered the southern boundary of CA's Central Coast, but it's been 20 years since I've visited coastal Santa Barbara County.

With all that said, I've decided to include more posts from northern CA. I've added labels to identify CA counties, now noted at the bottom of locations with a 'y'. Eventually, I'd like to link my locations with a map.

ps 05/02/10 - We love the Oregon State Parks (they do a much better job than CA, eh-hem...). I created a companion blog to Nature ID and, as I find time, I may post pics from our camping excursions up there.

pss 09/16/10 - Well, that didn't last very long. I moved most of my companion blog posts back here and added a new label: travel version of Nature ID.

4 comments:

Erica Lea said...

How could you resist bringing your camera? I'm afraid I'm too weak to leave mine behind even on trips to the grocery store now, lol! There's still a lot of snow in the mountains here, too, and they're supposed to get more in the next couple of days - yay! I'll be looking forward to your map expanding, and traveling vicariously with you:-)

Brad said...

Mt. Shasta is always awe-inspiring to me. My two favorite experiences were when I snowcamped up above treeline a couple of years ago and taking the coast starlight (amtrak) up to Seattle we passed Shasta at dawn. Gorgeous. The train was late, fortunately. Otherwise I think we would have passed it in the dark.

Nature ID said...

I may be buying a new computer and camera while I'm up here. Can you say, "No sales tax?" Is that illegal?

A.J. said...

I love the snowcaps!