Saturday 3rd November 2018
Just a glimpse of Mount Shasta as we head south.
We had a nice day out at Lassen National Park. A couple miles up the trail we came across this pretty little waterfall.
One lonely Scarlet Gilia. Everything else was done for. Next time we visit it has to be in the summer when all the flowers are blooming.
Lassen is known for its volcanic activity. This cauldron of mud was bubbling away.
This little campground was neat as a pin and a lot water was keeping everything green. All the trees had had some serious trimming.
Further down the coast we enjoyed a couple of days hiking in Pinnacles National Park.
An eleven mile roundtrip hike took us through some cavey areas.
This cute Tarantula stopped to say hello.
There were many steps up and down carved into the rock.
Thank goodness for the handrail in some of the steepest areas.
We were lucky with the wildlife sighting that day. This Rat Snake was having a nap on a log as we passed by. We even saw some Condors flying overhead but they were too far away for a pic.
The terrain was so varied and the sky was such a deep blue. What a lovely day!
Everything is big in California even the pinecones.
Moving further down the coast we stopped for a visit at Hearst Castle. This massive house was built back in the 1920’s for William Hearst and is now a State Park.
It has a huge out door pool….
and a ginormous indoor pool.
I guess the guy was into guest bling. This was a typical guest bedroom.
However his own bedroom was rather plain.
His personal library was a good size. How many chairs can you sit in at one time.
I liked looking at the doors.
Plenty of knobby doors.
This one was over the top with carvings.
The Elephant Seals are flocking into the San Simeon area.
This petite female is probably about 1000 lbs. The males can reach 3000-5000 lbs.
Still traveling south on the coast. Moving closer to my number 2 son. Jay, get your Mom hugging arms ready.