Friday, October 5, 2007

Lassen VNP Solo trip II

After battling a job change, the flu, and travel for a wedding, I'm finally posting pictures from the Lassen volcanic national park return visit. This trip was a blast, and I used up a lot of my food that had been sitting around for a while.

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I will once again be heading towards the lakes in the eastern section of the park

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I enter the wilderness at summit lake around 4:00 and began making my way up to badger flat.

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Little bear lake was running a little low on water

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big bear lake was also low on water

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I believe this critter to be an actual badger. I was about 2.6 miles outside of badger flat proper when I startled him. I watched him burrow under the log, and then moved on to my campsite.


illustrated Big Cat
This is a print from a California Mountain Lion. I believe it to be the right front paw. I believe a mom and cub[s?] made a kill very recently from the number of tracks in the area. This was taken about 50 yards from my campsite. I was hoping to catch them coming to the water at night.

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Since this was an easy trip for me, I just carried wet tofu. I wasn't packing much water because the lakes were so plentiful in the area. This was dinner. I could have whipped it smooth, but I was feeling more hungry than I was concerned about presentation. I ate it and I liked it.

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I laid out on the "beach", silently waiting for visitors to the water. I saw neither bear nor mt lions. I did see two deer, but was honestly hoping for something more interesting.

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Morning came quickly and I took a photo before heading out on the PCT across the park.

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I walked past several empty lake beds

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view of Lassen peak from badger flat

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PCT trail marker

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I had a very quick lunch of grilled jambalaya I made this before I started the blog. It tastes a lot better than it looks, plus it is almost instant. Add hot water, wait three minutes and chow. Tomatoes, garlic, onions, bell peppers, jalapeno, basmati rice

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I passed twin lake on my way to swan lake. It also was a little bit low on water this year.

illustrated bear track
I reach swan lake and setup camp near the animal highway coming to the lake, hoping to catch some large animals drinking in the evening. Here is a bear track I colored in to make the print more obvious.

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Dinner was Dahl, black beluga lentils in spicy tomato sauce . . . and apparently some amaranth too. This is one of my favorite trail dishes, but I made this before I had started this blog.

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Just before the sun breaks through the forest, whisps of fog float above the water
of Swan lake.

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And then the sun breaks through and warmth hits my side of the lake immediately.

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I hit the trails early, and was walking in awesome scenery

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I made it to corral meadows before the good light was gone. Above was on the left side of the trail, and the shot below was on my right. Just fantastic.
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After walking by one dry lake after another, I was surprised to come across a stream crossing that required me to take my boots off. Yes !

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I went for a little swim in Summit lake

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Clean and ready for the long ride home

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Thank you for hosting me, again, I had a wonderful stay.

Yours,
Cayenne Redmonk

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