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Love’s Labor’s Lost

July 2018

Goodness me, Julia and I are off on another road-trip. It seems we just got back from our Silver Lake road-trip and we are off on our next adventure. This time we head due north to Lassen Volcanic National Park to explore what remains of a rich hydrothermal site with acres of bubbling mud pots. The summit of Lassen Peak Volcano will offer us views over the vast forested surrounding wilderness. Nearby, the Devastated Area is littered with lava rocks from its last eruption. We’ll trek a network of trails through forest and around several lakes and walk on parts of the Pacific Crest Trail. Boy, oh! Boy I can’t wait.

From here we head out of California and further north onto Ashland in Oregon. We’ll spend time in America’s Shakespeare factory-town. We look forward to experiencing the Bard’s Love’s Labor’s Lost in the fiery hot and dry center of Oregon State.

We’ll then head west via Grant Pass and onto Crescent City. Here we’ll hike the remaining 4% of California’s old growth Redwood forests on our very favorite hike through Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park.

Returning south we’ll drive on a flow of electrons to Sheltered Cove, which is perched on the edge of California’s beautiful, northern, and rugged coastline.

Our last stop will be at Van Damme State Park on the magnificent Mendocino coastline. I think we might walk one of my favorite hikes through the superb forests of Russian Gulch. Who knows we might even visit a winery or two in the Anderson Valley on our way home. Stranger things have happened.


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