September 5, 2019 – Eureka to Lassen Volcanic National Park, California

California Route 299 connects US 101 (the Coast Road) to Interstate 5 at the north end of California’s Central Valley. My photos don’t show it, but it is one of life’s memorable drives. I did take some pictures because there were so many spots where road repairs stopped us.

This was a particularly scenic spot, with an overlook to take in the scenic mountain view. The entrance to the overlook was just where the flagger was standing with a stop sign. When we finally moved again, we decided not to stop there.

I did take a picture out my window of the scenery uphill. We were close to the top.

I was surprised to see a rest stop and pulled in to take advantage of it. This was in a narrow-valley section of the road and the hill was steep just behind the building.

This is the rest-stop cat.

The road follows the Mad River and its tributaries through the mountains. We were often far above the gorge and could not see the bottom.

Those are some mean looking mountains.

At one point, I saw a place to pull off the road where I could get out of the van and take a picture of the river. This is not the most scenic spot.

There were many cascades.

This stop was a long one. From the amount of dust in the air, we thought they were blasting ahead, though no signs advised it. I looked to me as though they were clearing back the hillsides farther away from the road to prevent rock slides onto the highway. Loaders were filling dump trucks with rubble. We saw this in several spots.

This photo was through the windshield while we were stopped, yet again.

Note the piles of dirt/gravel on the roadside ahead. The actual roadwork was around the bend.

At Redding CA, and Interstate 5, we took California 44 right to Lassen. That drive was also scenic, but no road work gave me an opportunity for pictures.

Here is Scamp in our campsite in the Manzanita Campground in the Lassen Volcanic National Park. It smelled so good there!

Every campsite has a bear box and a sturdy picnic table.

The trees are magnificent. I think these are Douglas Firs.

This is Manzanita Lake, which is next to the campground. I suppose, though, I should say the campground is next to the lake.

The campground store has a great log bench in front.

4 thoughts on “September 5, 2019 – Eureka to Lassen Volcanic National Park, California

  1. wewilliams2016 September 9, 2019 / 10:47 am

    These posts make me homesick for California, even though we only got back from our Sierra trip recently 😉 My parents used to take us “camping” (in a cabin) at Lake Manzanita, but especially at Lake Almanor, just outside Lassen Park. As a kid, of course, I was *fascinated* by all the volcanic features 😉

    FYI, my parents spent their last years at the Rogue Valley Manor, a CCRC in Medford, OR. So I’ve been out to northern California a *lot* in my 70-odd years 😉

    —Bill >


    • Dinata Misovec September 11, 2019 / 8:25 pm

      The more time I spend in CA, the more I like it. I thought the Rogue Valley was wonderful. That is Lake Almanor in my big view picture.


  2. Peter's pondering September 9, 2019 / 12:42 pm

    That really is a great bench. I’m glad I didn’t have to carve it out!


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