Lassen Family Vacation 2013

For a number of years we have taken the kids and grandkids for a week’s vacation to some interesting location conducive to our love of the outdoors. We started when the family could fit in a three-bedroom condo, but we’re now up to five-bedroom houses. This year we rented a log home on 20 acres near Shingletown. It was nearly perfect for us.

Family portrait

Family portrait

The property bordered the north fork of Battle Creek so we had easy access to water play and we could bike ride all over the 20 acres amongst the pines. We could use two kayaks and a canoe in nearby McCumber Reservoir (the downside of this was McCumber was nearly completely infested with aquatic weeds. We were very close to Lassen National Park with lots of sight-seeing and hiking.

Summit of Mt. Lassen

On the summit of Mt. Lassen

One of my high points was summiting Mt. Lassen with Dan and Mark. The hike is not difficult, but the park is doing extensive trail maintenance, and the trail is not generally open all the way to the summit. We were lucky to hit a holiday weekend when it was open.

Jack's Backbone

Taking in the view from Jack’s Backbone

Another fun high point was scaling Jack’s Backbone with Dan in search of a high terrain value geocache. We were successful in locating it.

Bumpass Hell

Bumpass Hell

We also hiked to thermal features (Bumpass Hell) and waterfalls (King’s Creek Falls, Mill Creek Falls, Burney Falls).

Jackalope Acres

Jackalope Acres

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