View from the summit of Aspen Butte (elev. 8,208'), the high point of the Mountain Lakes Wilderness south of Rocky Point, Oregon. The mountain is heavily glacier-gouged on the north side w/ several small lakes visible within the basins below. Views here extend from Mt. McLoughlin visible to the northwest as well Pelican Butte, the Sky Lakes Wilderness area, Crater Lake (Mt. Mazama) & the Wood River Valley to the north. Upper Klamath Lake is visible to the northeast as well as the Klamath Basin including the city of Klamath Falls. To the south is the Medicine Lake Caldera & Mt. Shasta, plus what appeared to be the distant tip of Lassen Peak. The Klamath Mountains are to the southwest though they were hazy due to the ongoing Fay Fire. A fire lookout once adorned the summit but has long been removed. A signature from Tom Elliott is found on the summit rocks dated from 1909. The summit view to the north was great but stunted trees to the south limited the visibility, hence I had to climb the tallest tree & use a pole to get this panorama.
The United States is one of the most diverse countries on earth, jam packed full of amazing sights from St. Patrick's cathedral in New York to Mount Hollywood California.The Northeast region is where it all started. Thirteen British colonies fought the American Revolution from here and won their independence in the first successful colonial rebellion in history. Take a look at these rolling hills carpeted with foliage along the Hudson river here, north of New York City.The American south is known for its polite people and slow pace of life. Probably they move slowly because it's so hot. Southerners tend not to trust people from "up north" because they talk too fast. Here's a cemetery in Georgia where you can find graves of soldiers from the Civil War.The West Coast is sort of like another country that exists to make the east coast jealous. California is full of nothing but grizzly old miners digging for gold, a few gangster rappers, and then actors. That is to say, the West Coast functions as the imagination of the US, like a weird little brother who teases everybody then gets famous for making freaky art.The central part of the country is flat farmland all the way over to the Rocky Mountains. Up in the northwest corner you can find creative people in places like Portland and Seattle, along with awesome snowboarding and good beer. Text by Steve Smith.