Our journey north to Oregon from Tahoe took us along US 395 through Northeastern California and we made a pitstop in Susanville. If you look closely at the photo above you can see a hint of forest fire smoke. After Susanville we turned on to California 139 and into the Modoc National Forest. The farther north we drove the thicker the smoke became until it blocked the sun and hung like a dirty milky shroud in the low pine branches of the surrounding forest. This area has a rich volcanic history thanks to Mt. Lassen and basalt rock outcroppings loomed through the haze as we sped down the highway. An otherworldly presence overtook the landscape due to these factors and I imagined that this might have been what it would look like if the slumbering volcano had recently erupted. As we skirted Eagle Lake the water was barely visible until veiled sunlight reflected off the surface in random spots.