May 20th-21st, 2010: Lassen Volcanic National Park

What? Another skiable national park in California? Yep, Lassen Volcanic National Park resides in north-northern California and gets some of the heaviest snowfalls in the state thanks to an unobstructed weather corridor to the coast. Let's check 'er out!

This is not Lassen Peak (10,457). It is Mount Diller (9,087'), which is much closer to the parking lot and would therefore be my playground for a few days.

"Volcanic" is kind of a giveaway, but I was stoked to find boiling mud and steaming earth a short walk from where I parked my car/tent/bed/abode.

On day two the clouds started rolling in en force, first swallowing Lassen Peak and moving in on me with fresh snow. On May 21st! The endless winter lives on.

After a few firm turns, I got back on the road and headed farther north towards Mt. Shasta City. The fields of California are also enjoying the continued precipitation, which is keeping the fields alive and fresh.

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