Mount Shasta’s Disappearing Act

I didn’t plan for this to happen but here goes….

Friday was a travel day as I drove from where I was staying in Quincy, California up to Klamath Falls, Oregon (which, by the way is pronounced CLAM-ith, not CLAY-mith as I have been saying for the past year).  My series of scenic roads took me around the western side of Mount Shasta, a 14,179 foot tall mountain in northeast California.  Little did I know that the Klamathon Fire had occurred near Mount Shasta beginning back on July 5th, and lingering smoke was still very evident in a widespread area north and west of the mountain.  Here is a series of photos I shot while traveling through the area Friday afternoon.

I took the first two pictures only to send to a friend of mine in Durham, showing her the snow on the mountain.  They were taken as I approached the mountain from the southeast.

115pm, from a Vista Point (scenic overlook) along Route 89, SE of the mountain:

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130pm, from the little town of McCloud, SSE of the mountain.

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151pm, from Interstate 5 (while stopped in one-lane highway construction traffic, Shawn), west of the mountain:

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200pm, now on Route 97, northwest of the mountain, and starting to drive north and east away from it:

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214pm:

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217pm, from the vantage point where I took the photos in the previous post, Klamathon Fire:

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220pm:

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224pm:

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And finally, 232pm, from another Vista Point specifically built for folks to stop and view the mountain – which you can now barely see:

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