Place in the World – Lassen Volcanic National Park

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Where do you belong? In the hustle and bustle of a big city or amongst friendly faces in a small town? For this week’s challenge, show us your place in the world.

The weekly photo challenge this week is Place in the World. I could take the challenge literally and say that my favorite city is (take a pick); Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York, Las Vegas, Reno, Seattle, Anchorage, Honolulu, Stockholm, Copenhagen, Madrid, Rome, Prague, London, Oslo, Paris, or a number of other perfectly marvelous cities I’ve enjoyed, but I know that artistic freedom is encourage here (that’s what I like about this weekly challenge.) To tell you the truth, I do enjoy visit these places..for a few hours at a time. After a few hours I wish that I was up in the mountains. Almost any mountain. The mountains are my place in the world. They give me peace of mind. I feel good. I have everything I need, when I breath fresh mountain air.

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I’m blessed to live close to Mt.Lassen. I go there as often as I can. I could spend the rest of my life exploring that park, and still not see everything. The photos in this post is from last weekend. Only a fraction of the park is open now, there’s massive amounts of snow covering the road that passes through the park (Highway 89.) The areas closest to the two entrances are open, and you can hike/snowshoe/ski out from there.

The park has two entrances, and we entered by the northwest entrance last weekend, and drove all the way to the road closure, some 9 miles into the park. Our first hike was on Highway 89, right after the road closure. I took the snow covered photo above during that hike.

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After my daughter had her fill of playing in the snow, we drove back to the entrance, and Manzanita Lake. It’s a super easy 1,5 mile stroll around the lake. The views are spectacular the whole way, and it was a great way to end our day.


Manzanita Lake is surrounded by Jeffrey and Ponderosa Pine.

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During our visit it hit me, that it was exactly 5 years ago since my very first visit in the park, Mother’s Day 2013. My daughter was less than a year old, and experienced snow for the first time.

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Since Manzanita Lake is so easily accessible all year round, it’s a very popular place. I have not visited the park one time without seeing fishermen enjoy this place. The biggest campground, and picnic area, in the park is located at the beach furthest back, in the middle of this photo. We ate our lunch in the picnic area there, before walking around the lake.

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Live in New York City once, but leave before it makes you hard. Live in Northern California once, but leave before it makes you soft. – Mary Schmich

I’m afraid that the beauty here already soften my sharp edges a bit. It kind of put everything else in life in another perspective. It’s the effect of seeing the world through northern California glasses. When I think of our beautiful state, especially the northern part where I spend most of my time, I think about freedom. I think about the wilderness areas. The beauty of all the Western States, to me, is taking the backroads, climbing the mountains, hiking in the National Parks, creating a beautiful garden, enjoying the best nature has to offer. It makes me humble, and grateful.

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Manzanita Lake, with Chaos Crags, and Lassen Peak in the background. 

I hope you enjoy the visit to my neck of the woods. I’ve written many posts, and shared hundreds of photos from Lassen Volcanic National Park. You can see my favorite photos in my gallery.

I often participate in the Weekly Photo Challenge at The Daily Post, as a way of interacting with photographers around the world. I enjoy that very much. I’m looking forward to explore your place in the world. 


Ms Zen

Published by Sagittarius Viking

It’s all about experiences, and the healing power of nature. Life is about choosing happiness. I entered the magic world of photography when I was five years old. My gypsy soul have taken me to many different countries, and definitely taught me to be more humble. I believe that you are what you eat, body and soul. I enjoy growing my own food, and spending time outdoors. A Sagittarius loves to travel, have an open mind and, and a philosophical view. It motivates them to wander around the world in search of the meaning of life. Sagittarius is extrovert, optimistic and enthusiastic, and likes changes. A lot of that perfectly describes me. The fact that my ancestors, on both parents sides, were vikings, doesn’t exactly lessen my desire to explore. Maybe a slightly more mindful exploring, compared to the average viking. My blog, and my art prints is a results of my (inner and outer) explorations. Love, Maria

20 thoughts on “Place in the World – Lassen Volcanic National Park

    1. Thank you. I love it here, it is peaceful and beautiful. I do love many other places as well. That’s part of why I don’t own my own place yet. There’s so many variables to consider. Right now, I’m very happy here.

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  1. You are singing my song (the hills are alive…)! I’m a mountain girl too and love that the Sierras are less than an hour drive from Sacramento. Your photos are just beautiful and still glad we have lots of snow to keep those reservoirs full!

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    1. I love the Sierras! It’s on my bucket list to ride The Tevis Cup, the annual endurance race across the Sierra’s (Truckee-Auburn.) I leased 80 acres in the Sierra’s when my daughter was born, and we lived there for a while. I really like the area. You are blessed to live so close 🙂


  2. What an incredibly beautiful place! I can understand why you love it so much. It’s nice that you are close enough to visit often and get your “fix!” We visit the mountains in upstate Pennsylvania every year or so (its about a 4 hour drive from home) and that feeling of calmness and well being always surround us, especially when we are out hiking. For me, personally, I would say my favorite peaceful spot is the beach. The smell of the salt air, the feeling of the sand and the great vastness of the water calms and centers me and reminds me that the world is a much bigger place than just my corner of it. I’ve spent my whole life near the Jersey Shore so I guess it makes sense that it is my happy place. This past November, I was able to visit California and put my toes in the Pacific Ocean as well and it was equally amazing! I would love to spend more time on that coast. So much to see!!


    1. I do love it very much! I can understand that the beach can be a calming place as well, especially if you’ve spent a lot of time there for several years. I’m so happy you have that blessing in your life. We all need places that makes us feel centered, and in balance. I feel sad for people who haven’t found there’s yet. I think its very essential for our wellbeing.

      I got a trip to our coast as a birthday gift last year. It was marvelous! Have a wonderful day!

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