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
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.