View from the summit of Pearsoll Peak (elev. 5,098') on the borderline w/ the Kalmiopsis Wilderness west of Selma, Oregon. The mountain contains a fire lookout constructed in 1954 replacing the old cupola structure - there are a handful of signatures etched into the rocks, mostly dating from more recent times. Views are grand in all directions spanning from the distant Cascade Range all the way up to Diamond Peak to the north to the top of Mt. Shasta to the south. Mt. McLoughlin is also visible but behind the fire lookout itself. To the south one can see Preston Peak & to the west on the horizon is the Pacific Ocean about 40 miles distant. Northwards are the lower extension of the Klamath Mountains. A fair bit of snow, there is a lake in the basin to the northwest which is also the direction of the Wild & Scenic Illinois River. The entire area has interesting geology ranging from a lot of peridotite to various deposits of chrome ore, chrysotile (asbestos), & serpentine. The area was heavily ravaged by the 2002 Biscuit Fire leaving a barren look to much of the surrounding mountainsides.
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.