I am waiting for my place to warm up. Lately I have been waking up to a house that is 59 or 60 degrees and it is a few hours before my wood stove and space heater bring it up to a comfortable temperature.
While I am sitting at my computer I am thinking about warm times and looking outside to a cold and wet day. I decided to help myself get warmer more quickly by thinking about a photo taking trip I took earlier last year.
I got up before the sun rose in the morning and set off on an adventure all by myself. I am always a bit nervous about taking trips alone but usually get back to my excited state of mind once I am in the car and driving.
I drove up through Chico and Redding California before I headed East toward McArthur Burney State Park. It was a nice drive until I got on to Highway 299. Road construction will take any normal short trip and turn it in to a day long trip. Not only was I stuck at a total standstill but I also couldn't get cell reception so I was unable to entertain myself while I waited for traffic to move. I think if I could have even seen that I might be moving in the next few hours, it would have made it a bit better. However, traffic finally started inching along and I was on my way.
Arriving at Burney Falls I knew that I had made the right decision to take this trip. If you have never seen these falls I highly suggest planning a visit. Because it is a state park, there are accommodations for staying over night. Here is a link to the park http://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=455
I didn't have a lot of time at Burney Falls because I was also going to be stopping at Mt. Lassen National Park before I headed back home. I decided to hike the trail around the falls and take photographs along the way. This is where the 'thinking about warm weather' comes in. By the time I made the short loop from the top of the water fall to the parking lot on the other side I was sweating like a pig. Thankfully I was by myself so no one got to witness this 'unlady like' occurrence happening to my body.
It was not a long trail but it was downhill to the water falls but then it became uphill on the way back to the parking lot at the top of the falls. It was the uphill that got to me. I passed a couple of people who were going the opposite way. They were nice to tell me that I didn't have much further to go. It sure didn't feel that way as I continued to hike, though.
The most exciting thing about this trip (other then seeing the magnificent falls) was when I spotted what I thought was a Bald Eagle nest sitting on top of a dead tree. The effort to try and keep my camera still while I zoomed in on the nest convinced me I needed a tripod. It was later that I began to realize that the Eagle nest was actually an Osprey nest. None the less it was still quite exciting!
I left the park after that so I could continue my photography adventure south to Mt. Lassen.