Nineteen days ago when driving into Yakima, Washington, I was reminded of how much I love volcanoes. During our pet friendly road trip to the Southwest, I didn't think I had forgotten about my passion for the Cascade mountain range. Yet when I got my first glimpse of Mount Shasta, the Cascades southern most peak, it took my breath away. I guess it is true that absence makes the heart grow fonder. But I am not the only one who missed the mountains. I know three traveling dogs and a cockatoo who were quite pleased to be back in Cascadia as well.
I certainly love the Shasta-Trinity area and could take an entire three week vacation just there. But this three week road trip is winding down so we must continue north through Cascadia towards our house in Seattle. I have driven this stretch of Interstate 5 more times than I care to count. This time, however, all of the green was particularly striking. I enjoyed the colors of the deserts we recently visited but all of the green of the Rogue and Umpqua valleys had me grinning from ear to ear for hours.