Feel the love

Elo and I arrived Mount Shasta Sunday morning having camped in the Shasta-Trinity National Forest about an hour and a half south of here the previous night.  It’s hot, but beautiful.  Daytime temps have regularly been in the mid 90s and very dry, which makes it more manageable for sure. Thank goodness for the swimming hole we learned about not far from our National Forest campsite.  Even with the water so low, it provided a place deep enough for swimming and rope swinging for the young adults in attendance.  The water was delightfully cold and refreshing. Take a look. 

The heat brought tons of folks though this photo doesn’t show it.  Everybody trying to get cool.  

Once we got to Shasta and got squared away at the KOA, we dropped Elo’s van and I took us on a small tour. Elo has suddenly been having trouble with her van battery system, so we hunted down some wifi at the local library so she could try to find help.

We walked around town a bit, had some lunch, and headed up the mountain to one of my favorite spots, Panther Meadows.  Other than some folks leaving when we arrived, we had it all to ourselves.

Looking up at the southern ridge and the Thumb of Mount Shasta with the cloud on top to the left.  Does anyone see the Angel?

At the spring looking off across the meadow

For those of you who know this area, it is dry, dry, dry.  I was speaking with a climbing ranger who grew up here and he says he’s never seen it like this nor he says have the old timers who started the guiding way back when.  There is virtually no snow on the mountain and the meadows are really dried out.  The Panther Meadows spring only has a couple inches of water, but with all that said, its still beautiful and the goodness abounds.

Day two found Elo and me going our separate ways.  I wanted to spend the morning up in the South Gate/Squaw Meadow and she wanted to check out the mountain biking trails.  We were to reconvene in the afrternoon to swap strories.

Elo’s great shot of her bike, the trails, and  I’m not sure which mountains in the background.

Along the trail to the alpine meadow

Heading up to the South Gate Meadow

South Gate/Squaw Meadow w/ the south slope of Mount Shasta in the background.  This photo doesn’t do it justice as its a gorgeous meadow with a small trickling stream and wildflowers, though this year its struggling just a bit with the drought and heat.  It sure is cool to walk almost two miles  through the very arid and rocky landscape to suddenly come upon the meadow.

I love these wildflowers.  Don’t they look like something a Dr. Seuss character would hear as a hat?

Having a yummy lunch at Bistro 107 in downtown Shasta.

That’s about it for Shasta.  Elo left a day early to see if someone could help her with her van up in Medford and I stayed to enjoy a rainy and much cooler day with a local friend.

On to the Oregon Coast, so stay tuned.

Until next time…



  • Silver

    July 30, 2021

    Love the Dr Seuss wildflowers and the Mt Shasta beauty

    • Margie

      August 4, 2021

      I do too, Silver, I do too. 💖

  • Darden Yerkes

    August 8, 2021

    Love the angel.

  • Lisa

    August 11, 2021

    Loving all the photos and blogs. The wildflowers remind me of the trees from Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax.


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