The air was cool this morning as I headed toward the south end of the Shasta Valley. The stark beauty of the rocky chaparral and juniper stands glowed warmly in the light of the rising sun. The Veterans Memorial, just off the Volcanic Scenic Highway, is a special place I like to visit whenever I get the chance. It is a sculpture garden, dedicated to all veterans, set in a lonely landscape of wind twisted trees and sage brush. Sheep Rock, Whale's Back, and Mt. Shasta make a stunning backdrop. The Wall of Names fills me with a sense of awe and humility.