Even though it’s only early May, it’s already feeling like summer here in Mount Shasta. It’s been in the 70s a lot the past couple weeks. So wonderful to feel the sun so warm again!
Every season is magical here, but summer is my favorite. There’s such an expansive feeling in the air. Anything and everything seems possible.
From now into October, we’re likely to have warm, sunny weather just about every day. Having this seemingly endless string of gorgeous days stretching out in front of us is like sitting down to an amazing feast.
One of the best parts of summer here is swimming in the alpine lakes. The lakes get be a perfect temperature for swimming. After a hike on the mountain, it’s incredibly refreshing to swim in Siskiyou, Castle , or one of the other lakes nearby
I love swimming and enjoy the warm water and jacuzzi at the gym in the winter. But, there’s nothing like swimming in a crystal pure lake with a full view of the mountain. My favorite thing is to lie on my back after swimming for a while; in these moments, I feel my separate self dissolving back into the one.
Another great thing about Mount Shasta summer is that most of the snow on the mountain melts and the road opens up another three miles. These extra miles allow access to some wonderful places, including Panther, Southgate and St. Germain Meadows.
My most beloved spot on the mountain is Southgate (formerly called Squaw) Meadow. This is a beautiful spot with a clear mountain stream flowing through it. I’ve camped here almost every Summer for the past 30 years. To me, it feels more like home than other place on this planet.
People often say that the veils between heaven and earth are thin in Mount Shasta. The veils seem especially thin in the summer. As I gaze now at the majestic mountain in front of me, my heart bursts open in gratitude that Mount Shasta exists . How amazing to experience a taste of heaven while still living on the earth!
Andrew Oser has been offering guided retreats on Mount Shasta since 1982. Through hikes to little-known sacred sites, guided meditations, spiritual life coaching, and time drinking in the silence of the mountain, he helps clients to deeply renew themselves in body, mind, and spirit and receive clear vision for their lives. Andrew also offers spiritual life coaching by phone and Skype.