We are making our way up to Oregon, but stopped by Mount Shasta which is a volcano located at the southern end of the Cascade Range. At 14,179 feet, it is the second highest peak in the Cascades and the fifth highest in California. Mount Shasta has an estimated volume of 85 cubic miles which makes it the most voluminous stratovolcano in the Cascades (and do you remember what a stratovolcano is?) Mount Shasta is not connected to any nearby mountain and dominates the northern California landscape. It rises abruptly and stands nearly 10,000 ft. above the surrounding terrain. On a clear winter day snowy Mount Shasta can be seen for 140 miles to the south.
July 4th, 2014 – Mount Shasta, CA
We took a small hike in Panther Meadows but the flowers were limited due to the drought. The first 5 and the 7th pictures are from that hike. Since we were at 8,000 feet, the mountain does not look as big as when you are at the bottom of it. The next picture is a cone volcano named Black Butte. We also visited Mt. Shasta Lavender Farms which is a working farm that grows English and French lavender. They also have a beautiful view of Mt. Shasta and the 8th picture gives you a better idea of how Mt. Shasta looks when you are not on it.
We are staying in Weed, CA, which has some very interesting shirts for sale as you can imagine. We ate dinner at the Hi-Lo Café, which we would never have gone to if our campground host had not suggested it. It is part of the Hi-Lo Motel and is not a place you would say – oh let’s stop here to eat based on the looks, but isn’t that always the way? The local hole-in-the wall restaurants are always the best. It has very good home-cooking, so if you are ever in Weed, we definitely recommend it.