Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Awesome Weed, Man!

This is the view from the parking lot of McDonald's in Weed, California. Is there another McDonald's in America with a better view?That's Mt. Shasta in the background. The photo does not give this mountain justice . . . Mt. Shasta stands 14,162 feet (the second tallest mountain in California). The town of Weed sits at about 3,000 feet . . . that's 11,000 feet of prominence! To compare: Pikes Peak stands at 14,110 feet, while Colorado Springs is at 6,000 feet, leaving only 8,000 feet of prominence--and there's no Cheyenne Mt. to crowd a photo of Shasta. To put it simply, Mt. Shasta is a massive mountain (and a non-dormant volcano, at that . . . it last erupted in the 1700s).

A deer visiting the cemetery? I'd like to think she stopped to pose for the picture.Another view of Mt. Shasta. I'm gonna have to return when the sky is clear and when the peak is clothed in snow. The view of the glacier fields is impressive, though (upper left).
Here's a view of the Klameth River in far northern California (6 miles short of the Oregon border). I looked for salmon (they're supposed to be running upstream), but I didn't spot any. But, I loved seeing the changing colors of the foliage.

The lady at the visitor center said they're expecting the first snowfall of the season in a few days. It's hard to believe the year has almost drawn to a close.