The tremendous stratovolcano called Mount Shasta -- the greatest volcano
in California -- dominates the scenery for hundreds of miles around it.
We climbed partway up it, ascending from the old ski bowl up past
Green Butte (which, while very attractive, doesn't look very buttelike)
to a ridge from which we could see a vista of Mount Shasta, the other
side of Green Butte, and a lovely meadow underneath the Butte.
Actually climbing Mt Shasta can be done in a day, but apparently
requires crampons and ice axes (and the knowledge of how to use them)
even in summer. There are still glaciers near the top, as should
be clear from the photos. We're looking up the route called
"Avalanch Gulch", and the dark stripes in the snow, where perhaps
large rocks fell (or extreme skiiers? :-) may indicate how it got
that name. At any rate, summitting was a bit more than we had
in mind, so we had to be content with our ridge.
Next: The San Andreas Fault at Point Arena.