One thing I forgot to tell you about Mt. Lassen National Park, is that I used the Geezer Pass and got in FREE.
Saturday morning found us heading North on Interstate 5 toward the town of Dunsmuir, California. It's about 45 miles from Redding. On the way, I took this photo of Mt. Shasta. I might add that this too, is a volcano.
|Yak's on the 5|
Burger, fried egg, fried onion strings, Jack Cheese, lettuce, onion, and tomato with a side of fries. I'd say a good 8 inches tall. Even with my big mouth, I had to eat it in layers. I would tell you what my wife had, but I don't remember.
After stuffing ourselves we headed back down the highway to Castle Crags State Park.
|This explains Castle Crags|
|Place called Gray Rocks explanation|
Then it was time to find the local wineries.
I remembered a sign for 10 of them on Highway 44 toward Mt. Lassen Park so we headed out that way. We drove quite a ways before finally giving up and pulling out the old GPS.
Came to find out we were waaaay off. Following the GPS put us on a road called Ash Creek. There we found this:
As the newspaper story goes, ranch hands cleared the land for cattle by stacking the stones and making the fence.
The locals have a different story. The ranch began around the 1890's and had a batch of indentured "servants". It's said that they did part of the fence. During WWII, it's said (local gossip again) that the Japanese in the local internment camps were used. Free labor, both. Who knows, only the people now gone know the truth.
Sunday morning breakfast was sticky buns.
So, there you have it. Burgers, Sticky Buns, and two Parks.