Renew Your Soul Through Scenery – Travel to Lake Almanor

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Morning at Lake Almanor

This set of photos is of my time at Lake Almanor. For those who don’t know, Lake Almanor is in California about 120 miles north of Reno Nevada. It is surrounded by the Mt Lassen National Forest. My first morning there, I stepped out onto the balcony of my room, at our vacation rental, to the scene on the right.   The first thing I noticed was how quiet it was. The feeling it gave me was strange and surreal, yet calming and centering at the same time.

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View of the Lake and Animal Tracks

There was a thin glaze of ice covering portions of the lake, including the large patch below my room, but this didn’t stop the ducks from their “diving for breakfast” game.  The sound of them ducking below the water could be heard clearly from my vantage point.   Looking down onto the snow-covered deck; I saw tracks from a woodland creature that had visited during the night.  I immediately grabbed my camera and my laptop case and started capturing the details of this moment.

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Growing icicles

Visiting my balcony became a morning ritual of mine for the 5 days I was there.  I became fascinated by this icicle hanging down from the roof.   During the entire length of my vacation, I watched it grow and entire foot in length past my balcony to the bottom floor.  When I touched it I was surprised to find that it was not weak, but thick and strong.

It is moments like these that renew my soul.  How will you renew yours?

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