Friday, June 3, 2011

Úytaahkoo

The Indians called it that (Úytaahkoo), but today we call it Mt. Shasta. I've been hanging here for the past week, being cool, working on the next book, visiting and so forth in Northern California, at the foot of the Cascades. The big volcano (Mt. Shasta) is actually four smaller volcanoes, but you see the big one as it juts out of rolling hills. Over the last 10,000 years, the volcano has erupted about every 800 years. The last eruption was about 200 years ago so I felt safe in that I have roughly 600 years to go before the next big bang.



A number of lakes circle Mt. Shasta (all seem to have fish in them. I visited Whiskeytown Lake yesterday. When people asked if I'd been to Whiskeytown, I thought that it might be a place where many of my friends would be right at home. Imagine my surprise to find a lake there. Apparently there was a gold mining town called Whiskeytown...but it's 200 feet underwater with a lake on top of it.

11 comments:

Coffeypot said...

When I saw the title I thought you had sneezed. I was gonna comment a 'Bless You', but then I read the post. Beautiful country up there. I bet you get a lot done in the peacefulness of the area. But make sure you pull out, say, in 400 years. Don't want to push your luck.

Euripides said...

Looks like a great spot to sit and think. There's a patch of paradise in southern Chile, in the lake district, where I wish I could spend more time.

darlin said...

What a fantastic place to think and write. Is there room for one more? I'm too distracted lately and need someplace where there's nothing to do but read and write.

How's the book coming along? I still have to read the last one, I bought it and read the first few pages. I didn't want to put it down but there always seems to be textbooks calling my name.

Enjoy your weekend.

WoFat said...

Remember: Ocean on the right, desert on the left.

darlin said...

WoFat what would LL do without you? Thanks for the early morning laugh! Enjoy your day.

Race Bannon said...

...there is a perpetual job opening up that way. Based out of SF, but with Humbolt County pay. I'm keeping my eye on it though.

LL said...

Race - it would be better than where you are now, kola notwithstanding. Is it a resident job? Does it come with quarters?

Race Bannon said...

2 man Resident Agency, no quarters...I made my list of positives and negatives - its close...

LL said...

The only spot better than Humbolt is Durango.

Race said...

Ditto...I honeymooned in Durango. There is a special place in hell for people who get assigned there without trying!

Azra said...

Beautful place LL - makes me want to go on Holiday now...

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