View from the true top of Wagner Butte (elev. 7,255') in the Siskiyou Mountains near Ashland, Oregon. This is the south summit, the fire lookout summit is to the north & is about 100 feet shorter. Views include an overlook of the Rogue Valley w/ a distinct view of Medford below, the High Cascades from Mount Shasta to the south to Mt. McLoughlin & Crater Lake w/ even distant views of Mt. Thielsen, Mt. Bailey & even distant Diamond Peak. The Siskiyou Mountains form a southern backdrop w/ distant views southwest of the Western Siskiyous including Grayback Mountain & Preston Peak. A fire lookout built in 1923 once adorned the north top but was discontinued in 1964 & removed in 1972. A controlled fire near Applegate Lake in the direction of Grayback Mountain was being conducted by BLM.
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.