Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Manzanita Lake Cabins @ Lassen NP

Last weekend we cruised up to the Manzanita Lake Cabins in Lassen NP.  The Chases, Metreses (Metres-ites?) and the Kuwabaras reserved a cabin per family for the weekend a while back.  Back then I had thought we should have decent skiing on Lassen... but yikes, upon seeing Lassen's condition, my heart shattered.  Bleak.  What a weak end to the season.  Probably the first year since puberty that I hadn't skied in April or May. 

GoodGirl loaded up!
soon after arrival we decided to check out the lake.   According to wiki, Manzanita Lake was formed 300 years ago by a rock avalanche.  It's a pretty wild lake with seaweed like plants growing all over, full grown trees underwater, etc.  This first day, there must've been a hatch as the lake was buzzing with flies towards sunset.
Pumpkin loved it!
Kimbo was a bit concerned (look at her face)... I wanted to test out his lifejacket.
Soon Mia & her folks arrived, and the two started playing musical chairs on the steps.
unhappy kiddos
happy kiddos
Hi Kai!
Chez Chase made dinner for us on Fri night.  Mahi Mahi with avocado-cilantro marinade?  Amazing.  Try to have that man cook up dinner whenever you go camping.  I think I was too busy stuffing my face to take any pics.  

The next morning, Dave, Danielle & I went on a short run up Manzanita Creek, while the Chases checked out the park.
It was HOT.  Not as hot as the Central Valley (it was in the 110s down there), but still hot enough that Danielle went dunking in Manzanita Creek... which is straight snow melt.  
Yee haw!
Kai = Hippie.  Not only is he wearing tye-dye, he's having a no-pants party.  

The kiddos loved the slackline...
Danielle's folks, who live in Red Bluff, joined us for the weekend in their RV.  They were on their way back from a nice road trip in Oregon.  We had another amazing meal on Sat, courtesy of Chez Chase of course.... the secret ingredient?  Chicken. 
After dark, Metres and I went out on a Milky Way lit, alcohol fueled paddle across Manzanita Lake.  That light on the left is Metres stumbling around his SUP.  
And on to some wildlife pics!  Here's Metres' rocketbox after driving through the central valley during sunset.
Ducklings!  This log was a busy place.  Ducklings, goslings, muskrats, and lots of babies...
Muskrat!  This guy lived right in that log.  He was collecting plants for his nest the whole day.
Some kind of Borer Beetle 
Another picnic at the lake? Sure, why not!

Ellery being silly.

Helen Lake... which is supposed to be a great place to swim.  Next time...

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