Find Your Peace In The Shadow of Mount Shasta
When taking the pilgrimage between Oregon and California on Hwy I-5, do yourself a favor and stop at Shasta City. Even a brief visit will help you slow down and recharge... so you can continue your journey with a sense of calm.
The first and most obvious attraction to this tiny town is Mt. Shasta itself. At 14,179 feet, you can see this dormant volcano for miles in any direction. From downtown, the mountain is absolutely enormous. Typically the mountain is free of snow during the summer. But there was a ton of snow this past winter, and it was surprising to see so much coverage!
As well, the headwaters of the Sacramento River pour right out the side of the mountain. Beginning its 1000-mile journey as a trickling stream, then gradually gathering momentum, it meanders through California.
In fact, the water is so pure the city pumps it directly from the river to the taps and there are public drinking fountains where many can fill up jugs of water and take them home.
It’s a magical, mystical spot in the shadow of Mt. Shasta.
This may be why so many have come to the area to reflect and restore. On a walk down Main Street, you can satisfy all of your New Age needs. So many shops with healing tools like crystals, meditation books, prayer flags and more.
Looking for a respite from your hectic life? Check out the many retreats in the area. There is a genre for everyone.
So the next time you’re racing down Interstate - 5 (I5), in a rush to nowhere, take the turn-off towards the mountain. Slow your breathing. And find a place to “just be.” Even for just a few minutes, being in the shadow of Mt Shasta is good for the soul.
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