This is one of my most favorite shots ever. I didn't realize just how lovely the background was until I was going through the photos I took of Jasmin and our friend Cullen - lucky guy who actually lives year round at Lake Almanor. This was the drive we took to Round Valley Lake. Cullen is now in college - we've enjoyed his company for the past three years when we've stayed in Northern California.
When Paula had us all hop in the car and drove us off to scenic spots in and around Mt. Lassen Volcanic National Park, Cullen often accompanied us, camera in hand of course as we all are avid photographers.
Here we were actually on Mt. Lassen. Jasmin and Cullen tried hard but couldn't budge this huge volcanic boulder.
Can you imagine growing up in this beautiful place? Jasmin on Mt. Lassen - snow still remaining even in August, but temperatures very warm.
Cullen looking across the mountains and probably realizing how fortunate he is to live here - mountains, lakes, all the beauty of Nature right on his doorstep.
Don't you love when young people go out and enjoy the great outdoors - so much better than spending Summertime in front of a computer screen!
I'm off to Washington, D.C. this morning. Have to see an embassy person about a visa - another big trip being planned.
Enjoy your Labor Day celebration - see you soon.