One such folklore about the origins of the mountain has stuck with me, and I will share it here.
Some time ago in the very distant past - this land was populated by an ancient tribe, which migrated seasonally between the coastal mountains of California, and the great plains which once existed here.
They were led by a much loved and revered chieftain, who guided them in their passages for many years. There came a time, however, when the ravages of old age had made the chief too frail, and too feeble to make the trek through the coastal mountains. Yet, the chief longed to see the ocean one last time.
It was unlikely that he would have survived the treacherous journey to the ocean one last time, but his people loved him so much, they embarked on an undertaking which would change the landscape forever.
If the tribe couldn't get their chief to the ocean, they were going to build him a pedestal so high, that he could see the ocean from atop it. So, they labored - far and wide, and day and night, and they terraformed, carving out earth from the far reaches and building a colossus underneath their beloved chief.
Thus, the mountain rose, higher and higher into the heavens, until finally - the chief could once again see the ocean, from up among the clouds. His dying wish gratified, he immediately asked his people to stop building. When they stopped, they dropped the rest of the earth they had collected at their feet, where they stood - giving rise to the lesser mountains and hills which surround Mt. Shasta. :)
I hope you enjoy the pictures which follow!
|Running dry for a lack of rain. A natural spring also feeds this lake, albeit now, a bit feebly.|
|This almost dry lake is the sole water supply for a now withering town of Montague.|
|The super moon ascends from the foot of Mt. Shasta.|
|Super moon and the tumultuous clouds which shroud the Shasta and Shastina peaks. Winds can frequently reach over a 100 mph on those ridges.|
|Another look at the Super moon rising over Mt. Shasta and the swift moving, but rapidly dissipating clouds. It is a fickle mountain.|
|A longer exposure of the super moon as it diffuses through the now thinly dispersed clouds. The mountain yet fashions a misty fedora.|