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Under the stars

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Camping under the stars at Lake Siskiyou

Today’s photo of the Milky Way comes from a camping trip in Northern California last summer.

Descending from Castle Peak

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During our only full day at Lake Siskiyou we drove about 8 miles to Castle Lake (elevation 5436 feet). From there we went on a 5-mile (or so) hike to Heart Lake (elevation 6035 feet) and then above it to Castle Peak (elevation 6617 feet). The views are best from Heart Lake and above Heart Lake on Castle Peak where you can see the lakes, Mt. Shasta, Castle Crags and a lovely 360 degrees of wilderness. Today’s photo isn’t from the top though. The lakes are obscured by trees, but you can see Black Butte and Mt. Shasta, as well as some of my hiking party.

Camping under the Milky Way

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We can see the Milky Way on some nights in Ashland, but camping at the Lake Siskiyou Camp Resort in Northern California provides a much better view of the Milky Way. The smoke you see in today’s photo (below the Milky Way and above my tent) was coming from the next campsite over. I slept with just tent netting on the other side of the tent so that I could gaze at the Milky Way through the night. Unfortunately, clouds gathered, thunder and lightning began, and soon thereafter I was getting wet and had to close things up.

Lake Siskiyou panorama

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We just returned from a few days in California. We camped near Lake Siskiyou which is near Mt. Shasta in Northern California, only a little over an hour south of Ashland. The lake was chaos on hot days in the afternoon on a weekend in August, but I took today’s photo in the morning with few people around.

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