We were on the road this morning by 10:00, heading in a northwesterly direction along US-395, CA-44, and CA-89 through the Lassen and Shasta-Trinity National Forests, a total drive of about 230 miles. Before leaving Nevada, near Bordertown, we passed White Lake that was a very homely khaki color - I don’t think I’ve see lake water like that anywhere else in my travels. Later on, along US-395, we passed another lake that had some of that same color water. Just now, reviewing the route on the map, I learned that it was Middle Alkali Lake - that explains the brackish, khaki colored water.
Once we crossed into California, the road climbed to higher elevations and all I could see was a long ribbon of road, Tom’s Wildwood ahead of me, snow covered ground, and a border of tall pine trees topped with a mostly blue sky. Lassen Peak came into view and shortly after that, the heavily snow-covered peak of Mt. Shasta. And then it was covered in clouds.
We will be spending the next 3 nights at the KOA-Mt. Shasta. On arrival, we learned that we were upgraded to a premium site between the tall pines. Are they redwoods? I’m not sure, but will certainly find out. We have full hookups and a large concrete pad that is furnished with a table and chairs, some extra chairs, and a picnic table. Unfortunately, rain and possible snow is predicted with temps down in the low-mid 40s.