December Eleventh Photo a Day ~ The Tourist Trap

The Tourist Trap

Here, at the top of a local mountain, is one of the favored spots to take family and other visitors to our area.

I jokingly call it the Tourist Trap, and tend not to mention details beforehand, just saying: “Thought you might like to see the mountain today, its pretty up there…”

And then I just watch faces — our visitors are usually city dwellers, almost all from the East Coast — as the drive up the single track dirt road winding to the very top gets steeper and steeper, twisting past giant boulders, steep-sided meadows and towering evergreens.

The view is facing south in top photo, toward Mt. Shasta, California, one of our region’s volcanoes, with its smaller satellite cone, Black Butte, just visible to the right.

The mountain being stood on is near the California border, in Oregon.

Most people only come here in winter to ski — my family, we only come here in summer— for views like these.

(This is the view if you turn to the right just a bit from the top photo’s view, now facing south south west, approximately.)

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Comment by Anna Herrington on December 11, 2017 at 3:15pm

That is my niece who was visiting from Brooklyn, in the top photo.

I just love that shot! 

Comment by Boanerges on December 11, 2017 at 3:36pm

Great scenery, and your niece looks, as we say, gobsmacked.

Comment by koshersalaami on December 11, 2017 at 5:25pm

At first glance, Mt. Shasta looks like a cloud, and then Damn!

Comment by Tom Cordle on December 11, 2017 at 6:44pm

Looks a lot like where I live, save that the rocks around here are mostly sedimentary. Oh, and we don't have a Mount Shasta, highest point around here is 6200 feet or so.

Comment by marilyn sands on December 11, 2017 at 7:51pm

Wow!  Glorious...

Comment by Anna Herrington on December 12, 2017 at 9:34am

Mornin' ~ and thanks for the comments and likes  : )

This is my favorite photo day since the first day, so far.

"gobsmacked" - all the characters in British novels say that, too, Bo!

Kosh, I hear you, it's like that in person too.

Tom, you must live in East Tennessee ~ where my love of mountains and wanting to live among them first began. Also one reason I love it up on that mountain, here, the view is rather like the Blue Ridge Mtns.... sans coves and lightning bugs. Here it's canyons and dry lightning.  ; )

Comment by Anna Herrington on December 12, 2017 at 9:36am

Marilyn! Thank you - it's easy to photograph gorgeous shots when it's really nothing to do with the photos  : )  Every time I've had it around here I wonder where else would I want to live?

Glad to have you come by as always ~

Comment by Tom Cordle on December 12, 2017 at 10:20am

Yup, I'm in East Tennessee, in a tiny town without a traffic light that sits at the debarkation point of the Cherohala Skyway. I was that or Colorado, and Tennessee won out because it kept me a lot closer to my family in Michigan.

Comment by Anna Herrington on December 13, 2017 at 10:35am

Tom, you mentioning 'sedementary' reminded me:

The mountain being stood on in the photos and the views south toward the west are a completely different range of mtns., and differently formed, from the volcanos around here like Mt. Shasta, also visible, that are all part of the volcanic Cascade Mountains to the east. There's a big valley in between not so visible in these shots. The volcanic range with Mt. Shasta is much *younger* than the mountains further west that aren't volcanic and were formed far longer ago while still in oceanic waters. Certain hikes around here still show the ocean bed evidence - as well as old, cold lava seams of rock popping through here and there. I find it all completely fascinating.

The mountains in California anyone on the mountain facing south is looking at are the southern Klamath mountains and the Marble Mountain Wilderness. Incredibly rugged with high elevation marble-bottomed small lakes all over, most stuffed with newts to swim with.... really beautiful - and really wild - country. 

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