Starting our Trek East, Smoke at Grants Pass and Mt. Shasta

Wednesday, July 31, 2013. Drove 200 miles to Mt. Shasta KOA, Mt. Shasta, CA. Elevation: 3,600. Low: 63 ; High: 80 in Mt Shasta City.

We started seeing smoke 40 miles from Grants Pass… there were several wildfires started from lightning strikes down in the valley and the smoke could be seen all the way to San Francisco. By the time we got to Grants Pass, the smoke was heavy… no snow capped mountains visible today. This route had been planned with the scenery and tall trees in mind but they couldn’t be seen or appreciated with all the smoke. By the time we got to Mt. Shasta, we started seeing a little blue sky and clouds. Mt Shasta appeared out of the haze… Mount Shasta is an active volcano located at the southern end of the Cascade Range in Siskiyou County, California and at 14,179 feet is the second highest peak in the Cascades and the fifth highest in California. We were lucky to see it today as it was totally obscured by smoke when we left on Thursday…

Thursday, August 1, 2013. Drove 224 miles to Victorian RV Park, Sparks, NV. Elevation: 4,413 feet. Low: 51 ; High: 82.

It was so smoky as we left the campsite, we couldn’t see Mt Shasta, which had been looming over us. When I awoke this morning, I had a lot of back pain and back spasms in my lower back. My fingers are crossed that it gets better in a few days. I had enough muscle relaxers to last me four days…

Friday, August 2, 2013. Drove 287 miles to the Iron Horse RV Resort, Elko, NV. Elevation: 5,060 feet. Low: 55 ; High: 78.

We crossed dry desert, sinks (dry lakes) with white salt layer on top… the only trees were in towns that had irrigation.

About Holly Ritger

I am retired, enjoying being a grandmother, traveling to National Parks and other interesting places in our RV with my husband of 43 years, and visiting with friends and family. Hobbies: photography, learning about wildflowers and birds, and trees, and reading from my kindle.
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