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Shasta Lake, California

Posted by graywacke on December 11, 2010

First timer?  In this formerly once-a-day blog (then every-other-day blog and now a one-to-three-times a week blog), I have my computer select a random latitude and longitude that puts me somewhere in the continental United States (the lower 48).  I call this “landing.”  I keep track of the watersheds I land in, as well as the town I land near.  I do some internet research to hopefully find something of interest about my landing location.  To find out more about A Landing A Day (like who “Dan” is and what the various numbers and abbreviations mean), please see “About Landing,” (and “Abbreviations” and “Cryptic Numbers”) above.

Dan –  It has been a long time (87 landings ago) since I landed in this USer . . . CA; 88/103; 3/10; 6; 156.3.   This landing had some real interest right off the bat.  By that, I mean that when I entered my lat/long into StreetAtlas and looked at my very-close-in landing map (check out the scale, lower right), here’s what I saw:

I landed in water, right next to an I-5 bridge!  Hmmmm.  My CA geography isn’t very good, so I really didn’t have a clue where I was.

I zoomed out a little, and saw that I landed in what appeared to be a lake . . .

Zooming out a little more (and now I’m at the scale of a typical landing map):

So, I landed in Shasta Lake (not surprisingly, fairly close to Mount Shasta).  Here’s a broader view:

It turns out that Shasta Lake was formed by damming up the Sacramento River (23rd hit).  As you know doubt know, the Sacramento flows into the San Francisco Bay.

Here’s my GE shot:

Here’s an oblique GE shot looking north, so that Mount Shasta comes into view.

I found this Panaramio GE photo, and get this:  I landed close to (or right on top of) the boat!

Looking back up at the third landing map, you can see that the largest town is “Central Valley.”  Central Valley was the name of an unincorporated community that grew up around the building of the Shasta Lake dam in 1938.  Any current map says that that town is “Shasta Lake.”  A little research shows that Shasta Lake was incorporated in 1993.  That shows how out-of-date my StreetAtlas map software is.

Anyway, I visited the City’s website (shastalake.com) and I found this gorgeous shot of Mt. Shasta looking past the dam (photo by Eric Cassano):

Confirming it’s past life as Central Valley, here’s a back-in-the-day shot (also from shastalake.com) of downtown, showing the Central Valley P.O.:

From Wiki, about “memorable descriptions” of Mt. Shasta:

Mount Shasta is not connected to any nearby mountain. It rises abruptly and stands nearly 10,000 feet (3,000 m) above the surrounding terrain. The mountain has attracted the attention of poets, authors, and presidents. Shasta was memorably described by the poet Joaquin Miller:

“Lonely as God, and white as a winter moon, Mount Shasta starts up sudden and solitary from the heart of the great black forests of Northern California.”

Naturalist and author John Muir said of Shasta:

“When I first caught sight of it over the braided folds of the Sacramento Valley, I was fifty miles away and afoot, alone and weary. Yet all my blood turned to wine, and I have not been weary since.”

Theodore Roosevelt said:

“I consider the evening twilight on Mt. Shasta one of the grandest sights I have ever witnessed.”

Wow.  What John Muir said is incredibly powerful.

Under the header “Volcanic Hazards,” from Wiki:

During the last 10,000 years Shasta has erupted an average of every 800 years but in the past 4,500 years the volcano has erupted an average of every 600 years. The last significant eruption on Shasta was observed from a ship in the Pacific Ocean in 1786.

The United States Geological Survey considers Shasta a dormant volcano, which will erupt again. It is impossible to pinpoint the date of next eruption, but it likely will occur within the next several hundred years.

I’ll close with this absolutely wild shot from Wiki of sunrise over Mt. Shasta:

That’ll do it. . .



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One Response to “Shasta Lake, California”

  1. Spagets said

    That was an awesome pic of sunrise over Mt. Shasta.

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