Day 3
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Day 3 - Around Lake Shasta

Over the years I have driven from Seattle to various points California several times.  Every time I would drive as fast as I could along Interstate 5 and I always said to myself, "Wow, this lake is beautiful.  If I had more time, I would stop and look around." 

Finally, on this trip I had some time.  We had spent the night camping just a few miles north of the lake.  Our destination in Santa Clara was only a few hours away.

The night before we camped at a California State Park called Castle Crags.  We arrived late and night and left early in the morning.  Unfortunately, I didn't get any pictures that are acceptable for publishing on this web page.  Early in the morning we did take a drive to the top of the park's Vista Peak.  It was spectacular -- if you like looking at tree and mountains.  It is worth the drive up there. (Pix at bottom of page!)

We didn't do much in or on the lake; no swimming, no boating.  We drove down the shore, went to a tourist trap (it was fun.)  We drove to a boat launch and beach area, but frankly, the water was full or creepy-looking algae and mucky looking right at the shore line -- it wasn't inviting from where we stood.  Still, it was very nice.  There were lots of people boating and having a good time.  Maybe someday I will spend a few days on a house boat and just enjoy the beauty of lake from that perspective.

A few miles from there we went to dam that forms Lake Shasta.  It was a great side trip.

 


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At the tourist trap, we were sluicing for gemstones.
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What's this?!
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Gregg has uncovered a valuable semi-precious stone!
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Of course it was stupid.  That's why we liked it.
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And we didn't have be that far from the parking lot.
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Here were at the Shasta Dam.
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Look at that!
(Fun with remote shutter release)
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CVP?  Got me!
Maybe "Central Valley Project"


 

Hey look!  I found 2 pictures of Castle Crags:

At the top of the Vista Point.  This was early in the morning around 8 AM, we had already broken camp and packed up the mini-van again.

A better shot of the Castle Crags.

"Art Shot".  Gregg and I silhouetted against Mount Shasta.  This was also taken at the top of the Vista Point road in Castle Crags State Park.