Thursday, February 21, 2013

Deep snow in Lassen

In late January, we drove to the town of Chester, which sits to the southeast of Mount Lassen in Northern California.  We were very excited to find about a foot and a half of snow in town.  We stayed in a small lodge, which had cross country ski trails departing from its front door.  Susanna and I each took turns skiing at dusk, while the other watched Jasper.  After dark, all three of us headed out snowshoeing under a dazzling night sky! 

The next day, we headed to Lassen Volcanic National Park and were even more pleased to find about 3 to 4 feet of snow on the ground!  We went snowshoeing, skiing, snowshoeing again and finally skiing again!  What a day!  I took Jasper on my back for the second skiing run.  At first, he seemed to just take it all in with a straight face until I started to pick up speed on a long, slow but steady, downhill run.  Then, Jasper started laughing!  He seemed to love the speed and the breeze as we glided downhill.  The entire day, we only saw four other vehicles!  We had the place to ourselves!

We spent a second night at the lodge in Chester.  Once again, we headed out under the stars for a bit of snowshoeing. 
Steep terrain in Lassen NP

Jasper was anything but cold...

Sulpher Works
Skiing shadow shot

Jasper's first time on cross country skis!

Beautiful winter scenery just outside of Lassen

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