Celebrating Our 21st at Eagle Lake

Our campground at Eagle Lake in the Lassen National Forest is almost deserted.  It’s late in the season and the roads will close at the first snow.  We’re at 5100 ft elevation and it gets cold at night.  We’ve got 3 blankets on the bed now.  The days are still in the 70’s and the sun feels warm and gentle.  And, oh my gosh, it’s beautiful up here.

Merrill Campground at Eagle Lake, CA

I don’t know if it’s because of all the bicycling we’ve been enjoying here, but I feel like I’m on an endorphin high!  Everything about this place makes me feel euphoric.  The smell of the pines, the serenity of the lake, the squirrels and chipmunks playing and darting all around, the colors of fall, the sounds of all the birds, the crunch of dried pine needles under your feet, the warmth and smell of the campfire each evening, and the gazillion stars in the night sky … it’s all soooo ……. perfect!

I’m so happy we were here to celebrate our 21st wedding anniversary.

Mike’s campfires are usually better looking than this one.  Unfortunately, we posed for this picture without realizing that we were burning one of our old broken boards.  Oh well, so much for the romantic anniversary picture!

Eagle Lake has a very pretty 5-mile paved bike path that passes through Merrill Campground.  I loved it!  I saw so much wildlife along the trail.  I wished I had been walking, instead of riding, so I could have had my camera at-the-ready to photograph the squirrels, the blue jays, the rabbits, and the large coyote that ran right by us!

Oh, and here’s a picture of Lucy in her new pink harness.  We didn’t like having her clipped in to her basket by her neck collar.  If anything would happen (like the bike falling over or whatever), she would get strangled.  That wouldn’t be good.

Mike told me about Rails to Trails, where all across the country, many miles of unused and abandoned railroad tracks are being converted into trails for hiking and biking and horseback riding.  He was eager for us to ride the Bizz Johnson trail that begins at the Susanville Railroad Depot.  It goes for 25-miles from Susanville to Westwood through the Susan River Canyon.  We loaded our bikes in the back of the car and drove down to Susanville (about 16 miles).  This is the view from the car driving down from Eagle Lake on County Road A1.

The Bizz Johnson trail was fantastic!  It is made up of compacted dirt with small gravel, has many wooden bridges, and even two (cold) tunnels.  We can’t wait to find more Rails to Trails in our travels.  The canyon was so pretty with the fall colors.

Beautiful Fall Colors!

Susan River beside the Bizz Johnson Trail

Mike approaches one of the tunnels on the Bizz Johnson Trail

I do seem to take a lot of pictures of Mike’s rear end.

The only thing that would have made this weekend more perfect would be if I had seen a Bald Eagle.  They’re out here.  A lady I spoke to here in the campground said she watched one today for over 3 hours!  We’re leaving tomorrow, but I’m going to go to her viewing spot in the morning and watch for awhile before we pack up.  Wish me luck!

One thought on “Celebrating Our 21st at Eagle Lake

  1. Eagle Lake is a gorgeous area. We too took our bikes on the Bizz Johnson trail. It is interesting to follow along with others who have made similar stops. Love your photos. 🙂

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