Another amazing Memorial Day Weekend in Lassen NP. This year we joined the Souzas, Nickelsens, Hoefts, and Smiths at the camping cabins. The drive is long, but it's a pretty sweet spot. I'm ready to go back.
Fun weekend of road biking, skiing, trail running, SUP-ing, canoe-ing, hiking, spelunking, swimming, slacklining, and more...
|took off Fri morning to do a training ride for my upcoming 1000k. Passed by some Llamas, etc.. Here's my 200k track.|
|Stopped in Arbuckle at the same Taqueria I stopped in 4 days ago on my way home from Shasta. Check out the size of these burritos!|
|Joined the family in napping up to Manzanita Lake. Love this place!!!|
|Bald Eagle sighting.|
|We took the kids out on the lake for a sunset paddle and to take a look at Lassen.|
|Glowing pine cones...|
|The next morning the boys took off early for a ski/run mission. Check out the scene at the Devastated Area parking lot.|
|Barret was here a few hours ago. He was on his way up to Shasta and our timing didn't work out for a campground beer... too bad.|
|Kev and I took off an hour earlier on skis... I skied that gully looker's left of Kev.|
|Chased by these guys running in their microspikes. I chased a guy from Truckee who was a ski patty at Jackson for the last 20 years. Fun descent... check out the vid.|
|Back at camp we were getting ready to lead the biker gang...|
|When Nikko crashed and took me down with him... that hurt|
|Girl Scout campfire dinners...|
|Kimbo enjoying the raging fire.|
|Kai paddled all the way across the lake!|
|Sunset, solo paddle...|
|The kids were happily playing on logs...|
|Sam and I ran up Chaos Crags again. It's a pretty sweet peak that you can run to from camp.|
|The Chaos Crags devastated area... the "Jumbles" formed by a rock avalanche 300 years ago. The "Struzstrom" sent rock debris at 100 mph flattening the forest and damming Manzanita Creek, creating Manzanita Lake.|
|Looking back up at Sam|
|And down at Manzanita Lake.|
|When we got back to the store... I saw this sign...|
|So we said, "we're outta here!" and went to the lava tunnels near by.|
|And drive further north to Burney Falls. That's Rob swimming in the nice 42 deg water...|
|The Souza Ladies|
|This place was so insanely crowded that I had to drop Kimbo and the kids off, then run back. The only thing I told em was not to cross a bridge. Guess what they did... cross a bridge.|
|Anyway after running around for an hour, I found em and got Kai a matching snowcone.|
|Nikko opted for the push pop.|
|Back at Camp... Nikko was quite silly on his sugar high.|
|Kai loves his boat.|
|The kids like the Beach. They could hang here for days...|
|Soon we rounded up the kids for some Pinata busting for Riley's B-day!|
|Nikko giving his best shot!|
|back to the jumping log...|
|And we opted to sleep in this morning. I got up with Nikko and we made some breakfast croissants over the fire. It turned out really nice.|
|Then took Nikko out on a boat. He said hi to the family of Geese.|
|The kids also loved this fort...|
|And since everyone else took off early, the 505 crew got together to take some group shots... this one was a bit backlit...|
|Nikko didn't want to participate here...|
|So I forced him to.|
|Then we tried (unsuccessfully) to recreate the shot of us in NZ with the kids...|
|The kids were asleep with in 5 min of getting in the car.|
- Fri - 200k Bike ride up to Arbuckle
- Sat morning - Lassen with Kev, Rob, and Sam
- Sun morning - Chaos Crag with Sam
- Sun at Burney
btw, to embed the Relive, here's the code I used - you just need to replace the highlighted mp4 with yours... by going to the source code and looking for "mp4".
- Bring more things to cook on the fire... Korean grilling stylee, Kalbee, Bulgogi, with the cast iron on the fire and charcoal.
- Take a night shot with the steel wool on the SUP.
- If the road is open, explore more of the park. Maybe hike up Lassen with the kids.
- Do a longer bike ride up there... maybe
- Do a morning run all three days...
- Pond Skim if possible at all...
And check out the "Sleeping Giants"... a look at volcanoes in CA.