Tuesday, September 15, 2015

September 16, 2015 - Mt. Shasta - Day One.....Remembering......

Phil and I were so glad to have made this trip out west and to have seen and "enjoyed" all that we had visited....
BUT......Our trip to Mt. Shasta was the "pinnacle" of traveling west!  We would finally be able to relax in one spot for a few days and enjoy being with my sister, Linda, her husband, Jim, our neice, Barbra and our neice Diane and Bryan and their new little guy, Gus. 
We were all able to meet within minutes of each other at Diane and Bryan's house and meet our new great-nephew, Gus.  So.....a lot of emotion for everybody....did everyone feel our happiness??  I felt it radiated throughout the land!
(Diane and Bryan are environmental researchers checking out the trees indicative in the northwest)

Phil and I brought a lot of "goodies" to give to everyone from Indiana.....
We brought birthday goodies for Gus, who was turning one year old the end of September (2014)....
....like Mega Bloks, music sound board, some clothes.....
We brought linens and braided rugs and some 'Fiesta' ware....
There were boxes full.....and, I don't recall all that we brought?  But, it was fun!
We all chatted and watched Gus...toured the house and yard and block...and eventually the town of Mt. Shasta....Jim grilled delicious salmon and we had a huge salad and bread....
It was great to be together and know that we would be together for the next few days.....

Our drive into the town of Mt. Shasta showed a terrific view of the mountain, Mt. Shasta.
Note the lenticular cloud formation over the peak.

The temperatures had been very warm that summer and most of the snow had melted off the peak.
I located a picture of Mt. Shasta with snow.   (Courtesy of TripAdvisor)

Jim had made reservations for all of us at the Mt. Shasta Resort.  We shared an attached chalet.
Phil and I had our own chalet and Linda and Jim and Barbra had their own chalet.

At the back of the chalets was Lake Siskiyou.  We had beautiful views of the lake and the mountains and trees.  
The next morning, Diane and Barbra climbed over the deck rail and wished us a "Good Morning!"
Surprise!!
We shared all our meals together.....breakfast on the deck....dinner on the deck....
We enjoyed steak on the grill with "hobo stew" veggies....
We had a buffet of vegetarian spaghetti with vegetables from Diane's garden and farmers market....
There were always snacks and food to munch on and "graze" throughout the day.....
We had lunch at a sidewalk cafe....and walked the town of Mt. Shasta and shopped quaint little shops.  I wanted to find something for our grandkids....so, I bought them Mt. Shasta tee shirts....the only tee shirts I purchased the whole trip!  I found little lavender sachets for each of the us with little "inspirations" on them.....like, "Eat Cake for Breakfast....knowing they would "never" eat cake for breakfast?  Who does that?  :-)
Gus was glad to have his BGG (grandma) and Papous (Greek for grandpa) there and all the attentive adults to entertain him.  It allowed Diane some free time to swim across the lake and enjoy yoga with her sister, Barbra.
Jim and Gus fed the Stellar Jays peanuts in the shell....we all enjoyed watching.....
Bliss.....

Journey Mercies...