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Monday June 14, 2010 Escape from Reno

JoAnne Morgan

As you will see from the photos, it was a momentous day! The FedEx truck arrived with the contact lenses for Lois! Happy Campers all around!

Our destination for the day was Lassen Volcanic National Park, which was only a 150 mile gorgeous drive. Arriving, we were overwhelmed with the beauty of this place. Stopping at the visitor center and after watching the park video we set up camp.
Our group dinner was once again just as if we were eating at a gourmet restaurant - Appetizers, drinks, pork, rice, veggies, applesauce and dessert.

While we were eating dinner an unknown male camper walked over close to where we were sitting. We all turned and looked at him, not at all sure what he was doing. I guess all of our collected quizzical stares prompted him to say which is now the quote of the day – “I’m waiting for my wife, she is taking a number two.” Well…there was a short silent pause from the dinner group, and then an outburst of such laughter the unknown male camper made a hasty retreat.

Later in the evening, while Lois, Hal, Rita and Jack were enjoying the warmth of one of Hal’s infamous campfires, Rick and I decided to go for a drive to Devastation Point. The forest and volcano views were honestly breathtaking. Now after having said that – to me – the most breathtaking was the view of the bear crossing in front of our car. As we scrambled to get the camera turned on, the bear stopped and looked at us, and then headed into the woods. Rick was able to get the bear from a distance – but did get the photo!!

Driving back to our campsite, we stopped at Manzanita Lake and had inadvertently timed it perfect to enjoy an awesome view of a spectacular sunset! JM