It was fun to be on vacation. I actually relaxed, which for me is nothing short of a miracle…and for a few days, even Duran Duran was far from my mind. That didn’t last terribly long, as I was desperate to hear of how their US shows were going. A decent wi-fi connection was tough to come by, but occasionally we’d go into town and I’d be able to check in with the world.
So, what did I do on my vacation? Let me show you… (ah, the dreaded vacation slide-show!)
To begin with, I spent many afternoons on the lake. The lake we went to is called Lake Siskiyou (Sis-kee-you) and it’s near Mt. Shasta. Yes, that’s me out there on my sofa. It’s called the Siesta Lounger and yes, I even did some of that (Miraculous. I don’t ever nap!) My husband was kind enough to swim out there on occasion and bring me refreshments. The lake was beautiful and actually pretty warm for being an “alpine” lake.
The scenery was gorgeous and even as I sit here at home in my house, I am thinking about the beautiful view. I think this photo might even have my brother-in-law on his paddleboard in it. In case you’re wondering, this is Mt. Shasta in the background, and those are actually glaciers on the mountain. If you’re wondering why these photos aren’t of Duran Duran, it’s because they didn’t come on vacation with me this year. Something about doing some shows…work…wives…Nick’s fear of camping….I don’t know.
We did have a fan or two show up at the campground…those animals!! No really, there were a ton of deer up there, and oddly they aren’t afraid of people. Not sure if that’s really a good thing, but the owners of the campground told me that these particular deer have lived there for years and they think of them as pets. (By the way – I was less than ten feet from this one, who kindly posed for me.)
More scenery. One day we took a boat out with our family (my husband’s sisters and their families were with us for part of the time), and this is a bridge that people jump off of into the water. No, I did not jump. I watched other idiots, I mean people…dive. Heights and I are not friends, but I was happily entertained by the sights of others.
One day, we went to see lava tubes and caves at the Lava Bed National Monument. We passed a sign for ice caves, and my husband and I joked that there was no point in going because it was easily a hundred degrees (F) outside, so ice wasn’t really a possibility. Wrong! It was freezing cold in the cave, and after climbing down in, there was a ton of ice! This is just one small area of it, but if I would have been brave enough to climb down farther (not a chance), the tube was filled with ice from what is an underground spring that freezes. Later that day, we went into other caves, and let me just say that pitch black doesn’t even begin to describe the darkness. I was scared to death that my youngest – who has NO FEAR WHATSOEVER – was going to fall to her death because she’d just try to go charging ahead with barely a light to guide her. I’d have my light in front of me and look behind to see absolutely nothing but darkness. I’d put the light in back of me and then look ahead and see nothing, not even my family who was probably 3 feet from me. Claustrophobia much? YES!
On our last day, we went to Panther Meadow up on Mt. Shasta. Depending upon where you start, the hike is about 30 minutes straight up a fairly steep hill. Not a really tough hike, but with a wayward four year old, what should take 30 minutes takes more like an hour…go figure. The sights that awaited though? Well worth the effort. At the top of the mountain there is a gorgeous meadow with a ton of wildflowers – more than I’ve ever really seen (and this is August!). There is also a natural and sacred spring that bubbles up from the ground, and people come there to meditate or pray. Several people were there when we got there, and it was very difficult to keep our youngest quiet, but it was a learning experience for her!
It was wonderfully peaceful, and when you go, you’re encouraged to take water from the spring to drink. Super cold (and welcome after that hike!) and very, very clean – which for here in California, is a miracle. This picture is of my oldest getting filling her water bottle with the spring water. From the angle it doesn’t look like it’s really clean or on a hill…trust me, it was.
How did we survive two weeks without any of the comforts of home? HA! We didn’t!!! We simply took them with us!! Let me show you:
|The aforementioned Siesta Lounger|
|The Margarita Maker|
|Icemaker…for the margarita maker of course!|
|Bottled water = ice for the margaritas!|
|My chair. Very, VERY important!|