We hopped on a ferry boat
Boated across this beautiful lake
Rode a bus up the side of a mountain on the other side (seriously, don't look out the window if you're afraid of heights!)
Peered out to the lake below once at the top
And then entered the cave through this door!
It wasn't a super-explorer cave. There are walkways and stairs and handrails. No need for belly-crawling into crevices! But it was still very beautiful and fascinating inside.
My pictures don't do the place justice, obviously - since it was so dim inside. The tour guide was funny and showed us the difference between cave bacon and cave popcorn!
|The long stringy stuff at the bottom is cave bacon, since from the side it looks like bacon!|
Anyway, I called my mom afterwards, all excited about our side-excursion. She told me I had been there before. Kinda killed a little of the excitement, but since I can't remember my first time there (which is scary, I don't think I was that young), it was still awesome. Plus Sak obviously hadn't been before - still a win.
|BBQ Pork Burger|
|Creepy mine entrance!|
Anyway, the whole thing was rendered extra creepy since there was no one there! Definitely a ghost town.
Though Northern California is a good vacation in itself, and Sak wants to come back to Shasta for the houseboats later on in life, from the next day onward this trip was all about Oregon!
Have you been to "gold country" before? Did you find any? ;)