Mt. Shasta, CA

There is a stunning 12 mile drive up the lower foothills of Mt. Shasta. The sheer power and force of the mountain is palpable the moment you set foot in Shasta City.  I rode up the mountain around 5 pm, just as the clouds were gathering at the summit and the sun was setting.  On the drive up I saw signs for hot springs, elevated campgrounds, and beautiful backpacking trails. The last pic was taken on the drive back down the mountain as the Northern California wildfires raged on the border of California and Oregon on I5. The eerie smoky haze made for a powerful filter.