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Better Than Barstow!

2009.06.14
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Tom got us up at 5:30 so we could drive the 2 1/2 hours to Burney Falls and be there early...all so he could see the black swifts. I came for the Falls and the geocaches. Co-Assistant Photoblogger was not at all enthusiastic about this trip and really slept most of the day thanks to six days on houseboats and a strong dose of dramamine.
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The Falls were beautiful.
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Some nice girl scouts took this picture...this was the biggest smile we got all day from co-assistant photoblogger.
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Chasing the elusive black swift with his camera...apparently they nest behind the falls...sort of saw one on it's nest with the spotting scope.
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Birder at work. You really can't appreciate the hill he had to carry this gear back up...would've helped, but we were already up top looking for geocaches.
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THIS IS THE BIRD! They were so fast, this is the best detail he could get.
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The river leading up to the falls.
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Tracking down one of the three geocaches we got today.
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Above the river.
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Big tree.
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Lake Britton.
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Found this old railroad bridge while hunting down a purple martin. Looks easy to cross until you get close and see the space between the creaky railroad ties.
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This is as far as I got.
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Tom took the pictures.
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The view from the railroad bridge.
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The other direction.
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He looks a little smug, doesn't he?
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Lunch at the Manzanita Lake parking lot in Lassen Volcanic National Park.
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Illegal feeding of the Stellar's Jays in the parking lot. Co-Assistant Photoblogger was not at all happy at having to sacrifice some of her cheetos for the bird picture.
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First view of Mt. Lassen from the devastated area. It was obscured in clouds all day.
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Can see a little higher up the mountain.
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The trees have to be tough to survive at 8500 ft elevation.
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The beginning of the trail up the mountain. The trail was closed...a great relief to Co-Assistant Photoblogger. We dragged her up to the top of the mountain two summers ago...it was a tough hike for her.
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Several people were hiking part of the way up and skiing down.
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Love the glacial blue color of Lake Helen.
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Mighty explorer.
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One of the few times she was awake today.
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Child's Meadow way down there somewhere.
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Truly you need smell-o-vision for this pic. The sulfur pots were bubbling fiercely today.
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Sulfur cloud coming out of the side of this hill.

This set of pics is a shout out to Kat, who spent the night in Barstow last night on her family road trip. I hope tonight in Flagstaff is prettier than Barstow!
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