Monday, August 21, 2006

Lassen National Forest

California, you wonderful beast. Just when I think I've become familiar with the habits of your pointed mountains and bored by the moan of your deserts, I take a turn on one of your roads and have my heart squeezed by the sparkle of a hurried river or my nostrils tickled by the color of your scent. You sweet-talk me with the hum of your sunshine. Bouquets of manzanitas brush away your faults. With another twist in the road, I fall madly in love with you again.

The Fife Carnival On Wheels set in motion this weekend again.

Our destination this time was Lassen National Forest. On the agenda were basic camping and mountain biking.

While camping may have been primitive, it was by no means boring - for most. Sancho was not amused at all and tried to sleep through the trauma of having no bed.

Sarah was a champ and thrilled by the entire process.

The following morning Sancho prettied himself up in the Susan River at the Goumaz access point to the Bizz Johnson Trail.

Mike readied our bikes and the Chariot for the princess.

Off we went from Goumaz toward Susanville.

The trail was magnificent – wide and smooth.

But, poor little Sancho just couldn’t haul his fat butt as far as we’d planned.

So, we cut the trip short to save him the embarrassment of weeping openly and headed to Susanville for lunch.

It’s claimed that Josefina’s, the restaurant that we chose, has the best Mexican food in town. Seriously, if that is the best that Susanville has to offer, Susanvillites must delight in a good stomach pumping. The food was largely inedible. Promptly after leaving town, Sarah sprayed the backseat with Josefina’s best.

Still, this could not dampen our mood. There were turns in the road to comfort our ills.


At 1:25 PM, Anonymous Lori A said...

Wow! Sure looks beautiful! Makes me want to take a trip today. You just can't beat the scenery in CA. Enjoy. Lori

At 5:47 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

where was lola? is she upset about lala? or was she just camera shy? it just looks beautiful. we need to come out there for a visit. love, carrie

At 10:42 AM, Blogger J Fife said...

Lori - You would love that area. Plenty of places for running, biking, and xc-skiing. Just stay away from Susanville.

Carrie - Lola was with us, but she is such a powerhouse in the forest that it's impossible to capture her on film. She can seriously run at high speeds for miles. She hates LaLa.
Come on out!


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