Arriving on Saturday morning, we visited with some friends then took off on skis along the closed park road towards Sulphur Works
With the storms on the way i didn't expect blue sky, but it was warm and beautiful
Approaching Sulphur Works.
Lassen is still a very active geothermal area and the Sulphur Works fumaroles were gurgling and steaming away.
Every time we visit they are different.
On the other side of the road is a boiling mud pit. This didn't exist last time we visited (3-4 years ago?). It is *right* up against the road - I'm surprised the road has survived.
The bouling mud pit is behind the fence on the left foreground- you can see how close to the park road it is! Also, the park road is almost melted out through here due to the heat - the rest of the park has several feet of snow covering it.
The park road continues beyond sulphur works, but we turn around to head back and socialize.
We camped at the park entrance. Can't find the firepit under the snow, so we brought our own.
Sitting around in the snow - our kitchen is the top of the bear box that someone dug out.
And a nice fire to stay warm.
Sausage and eggs courtesy of mtnsteve.
Chicken fajitas on deck
Feuerzangenbowle, a german treat taught to us years ago.
Red wine, heated with citrus and spices. A sugar cone is suspended over the wine and doused with strong rum, then lit on fire. The sugar drips into the wine, both sweetening it and making it quite strong.
And, of course, everything is better over camp stove!
On sunday morning we awoke to about 6 inches of fresh snow. Yay! The storm was rolling in.
We had to dig everything out in the morning.
It continued to snow, and luckily Jason had brought a nice tarp to help keep us dry.
See all that fresh snow on the trees? Wasn't there the night before.
Camp, already dug out once.
Wonderful fresh snow driving out of the park. We did a nice cross country ski in the falling snow, but I didn't bring my camera due to the wet - it was right around freezing and this stuff was 'sierra cement'.