Our trip from Chiloquin, OR to Redding, CA was 170 miles driving through the valleys of OR and then up to the base of Mount Shasta in California before descending to Redding. The Allison transmission got a good workout and the Mothership got a drink at Weeds, CA just as we started the descent. The first thirty miles after the fill-up was almost all downhill and we average over 13 MPG for that thirty miles. By the time we got to Redding it had fallen to a 10.2 MPG average as we had a few uphill grades the last 30 miles. We normally get about 7.5 and the rest of the tank will surely fall but hopefully stay above our normal average.
We are staying at the Redding RV Park just north of Redding and have a 50 amp, full hookup, pull-through with great Verizon and a clear shot to the satellite. The only problem - it was 44º when we left Chiloquin and was 95º by the time we got set up at the RV Park. It's supposed to be 105º on Tuesday and Wednesday!!!!
Saturday and Sunday was spent enjoying football even though our Gators didn't play so well. Coach had better get coach em' up or he'll be looking for a job. Gator nations will not be happy with a 9-3 record!
Monday, we headed to Lassen Volcanic National Park
. It's over across the valley in the northern Sierra Nevada mountain range which is a good distance from Redding. While there we hiked the Manzanita Lake trail which was a nice, almost two-mile stroll completely around the lake with some great scenery though it was still pretty warm even at almost 3,000 feet elevation.
Tuesday we stayed in and hunkered down under the air conditioning as the outside temperature rose to 103°. The ACs were working double-time and we were warm but comfortable for the most part. Wednesday we did a little shopping for Doris to get some of the craft supplies she will need during the rest of our trip.
We did decide to cut our stay here short a day and go on to Carson City, NV tomorrow - did I say it was 103º yesterday??? Time to mosey on down the road! It's still warm in Carson City but still 15º cooler than here in the valley.