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This is it Kids, Boy This is Really IT!

Oh my God, I'm so in love you guys. Bury my heart in Plumas County. Just drive up highway 70 east and toss it in the


Highway 70 East is the Feather River Scenic Byway. It runs along the north fork of the Feather river into the Sierra Nevada mountains. It cuts through deeply carved canyons and tunnels through giant layers of exfoliating granite. I've driven this road three times in the last four weeks and I can't get enough. I fantasize that all people disappear from the earth so I can explore this highway without you ridin' up on my tail because I'm soakin' it all in and you just want to hurry up and get to where you're going. Well, in my dreams, you're dead, okay? You're gone. Buh-bye. Well, okay, maybe not dead, just off for while, so I can suck the teat of this landscape up into my soul and LIVE, damn it, LIVE for a thousand years, relishing it's beauty!

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I want to lick these rocks. Yes, I will marry them and hump them and have their little schisty, batholithic babies.


God is my favorite artist. You can't beat this with a stick.


Closer....oh, God, look at that...yeah.


A few years ago I rode Amtrak's California Zephyr from Sacramento to Omaha, along these very rails. It's scenic as all get out, but I went a little stir crazy. I think I was on that train for almost 48 hours.

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Yeah, baby!



The Bird Man and I taking a dip in Feather River. The current was strong and the cold water felt divine.



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Aug. 13th, 2006 04:10 am (UTC)
Hmmm...sucking, licking, and humping rocks. Oh, and ow, ow, ow, birthing them. Where does that leave the boyfriend?

Aug. 13th, 2006 04:12 am (UTC)
At home with his compost heap!
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Aug. 13th, 2006 05:13 am (UTC)
Your eyes have seen beauty that I've never seen, though we only live a few hours from each other. CA is a big state. I've been in Chico for 10 years and I'm really only beginning to explore the area east of here.
Aug. 13th, 2006 07:18 am (UTC)
Thank you.

My default mind moves to images of waves and water and beach; my boy's brain seems to say, "Oooooh, MOUNTAINS!" with every other in- or outtake of air.

I can now (better) breathe in a sympathetic way.
Aug. 13th, 2006 02:07 pm (UTC)
fantastic photos! I was supposed to take a trip on the Zephyr last year but a few days before I was to leave a snowstorm knocked out the tracks in CO. I had to be rerouted onto the Southwest Chief, which went to LA. It was still nice in it's own way but I didn't get the awesome view of the rockies that I had heard about on the CZ.
Aug. 13th, 2006 03:34 pm (UTC)
I haven't taken the Southwest Chief. The Zephyr is worth it if you need to travel to one of it's destinations.
Aug. 13th, 2006 03:18 pm (UTC)
Oh beautiful. All that scenery reminds me so much of my drives back and forth through the coastal ranges to and from Arcata, CA. I'm so envious of you - I'd do anything to do be there right now!
Aug. 13th, 2006 03:33 pm (UTC)
Have you gone on any forays into the wild areas of Wisconsin? I just saw a book at the library book sale yesterday, "Wisconsin Off the Beaten Path." I wanted to pick it up but I didn't. Maybe I should have....
Aug. 13th, 2006 03:51 pm (UTC)
I've done a little bit of exploring in the wilderness in Wisconsin... last weekend I was just down in a park called Devils Lake that was really gorgeous. Some of my favorite areas in Wisconsin are the rural farmland and the woods up north... not particularly parks, but wider open spaces that are still pretty, quiet, and inviting.

The thing about Wisconsin, even though I've grown up here, is that there's nothing too fantastic about the land - it's pretty flat, some parts with a few hills. If you came from Plumas National Forest and then immediately went to say, Nicolet National Forest in northern Wisconsin, it's be pretty, but you'd definitely lack the dramatics in the scenery.
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Aug. 13th, 2006 03:29 pm (UTC)
In fact, we are going to Mt. Lassen today. We can't climb to the peak though, because it's covered with snow. Instead, we're going to check out the lava tubes, pics to follow in a few days....
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Aug. 14th, 2006 03:26 am (UTC)
Looks like I had some bad info. A co-worker told me no one could climb it right now because it was covered with snow. She lied!
Aug. 13th, 2006 06:39 pm (UTC)
Those are spectacular piccies! Beautiful rocks. Thanks for sharing. Makes me wish we had some topography around here.
Aug. 14th, 2006 04:08 pm (UTC)
Wow... More great photos that make me want to go outside!
Aug. 16th, 2006 11:26 pm (UTC)
Aug. 21st, 2006 03:38 pm (UTC)
Plumas National Forest
Babe, it is all too beautiful. I want to see this too! How close is Plumas National Forest to Mt Lassen? Could we do both in one day or would that be too much? You choose, it is too much for me. I am over whelmed with the beauty of it all. Kisses and Hugs Forever, Mom
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