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    California loop

    I was able to get some vacation days hung onto either side of a the national landscape architect's convention in San Francisco, so I took a little ride. This is Mt Lassen. The road there goes between Mt. Shasta and Mt. Lassen through a volcanic plateau at about 5000'. There was hoar frost in the fields, snow on the roadsides and an electric vest blessing me with warmth.
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    From Susanville I went south on Hwy 395. Here is a view at Bridgeport
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    East of Lone Pine

    On the way to Death Valley I took advantage of the open space and had an unimproved campsite. Whipping wind left a film of talc like dust inside the tent, but the isolation, distance from urban lights and dark night resulted in the best star show in my memory
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    Desert dawn with the morning sun on the high sierra
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    Dropping in

    The ride into Death Valley is a real ear popper. My camp site was at about 4000' and the plunge goes down to sea level. The location was so isolated, and with the sun in my eyes, I was sorta sorta nervous about something going wrong. Thankfully nothing did
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    The bottom

    Death Valley is an barren but beautiful landscape
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