2013 USA Pacific Northwest travel blog

Redding, CA - Redding RV Park - site 23

Redding, CA - Redding RV Park - site 23, another view

Chiloquin, OR to Redding, CA 0 - our route - 170 miles

Chiloquin, OR to Redding, CA 1 - heading south towards Klamath Falls,...

Chiloquin, OR to Redding, CA 2 - more of Klamath Lake

Chiloquin, OR to Redding, CA 3 - the road hugs the mountain...

Chiloquin, OR to Redding, CA 4

Chiloquin, OR to Redding, CA 5 - Mount Shasta, about 60 miles...

Chiloquin, OR to Redding, CA 6 - a little closer

Chiloquin, OR to Redding, CA 7 - fields of sage brush in...

Chiloquin, OR to Redding, CA 8 - and a clear grass land

Chiloquin, OR to Redding, CA 9 - and we draw closer to...

Chiloquin, OR to Redding, CA 10 - nearing the summit of US...

Chiloquin, OR to Redding, CA 11 - and the valley below

Chiloquin, OR to Redding, CA 12 - a view of the mountains...

Chiloquin, OR to Redding, CA 13 - Weed, CA at the base...

Chiloquin, OR to Redding, CA 14 - headed back down - we...

Chiloquin, OR to Redding, CA 15 - Lake Shasta - down quite...

Lassen Volcanic NP 0 - our route - 159 miles

Lassen Volcanic NP 1 - down in the valley headed for Lassen

Lassen Volcanic NP 2 - lots of lava rock on the countryside

Lassen Volcanic NP 3 - getting a little hilly

Lassen Volcanic NP 4 - that's Lassen Peak on the left in...

Lassen Volcanic NP 5 - the inevitable construction as we near the...

Lassen Volcanic NP 6 - we are at the southwest entrance

Lassen Volcanic NP 7 - we are climbing now

Lassen Volcanic NP 8

Lassen Volcanic NP 9 - great views from up here

Lassen Volcanic NP 10 - the landscape varies greatly up here

Lassen Volcanic NP 11 - a shot of Lassen Peak as we...

Lassen Volcanic NP 12 - Emerald Lake

Lassen Volcanic NP 13

Lassen Volcanic NP 14 - Brokeoff Volcano - one of the many...

Lassen Volcanic NP 15 - Lake Helen, a little bluer than Emerald...

Lassen Volcanic NP 16

Lassen Volcanic NP 17 - we are as close to Lassen Peak...

Lassen Volcanic NP 18 - though I can get a little closer...

Lassen Volcanic NP 19 -we are at the high point of the...

Lassen Volcanic NP 20 - going back down this is the northern...

Lassen Volcanic NP 21 - Chaos Crags and the Chaos Jumble

Lassen Volcanic NP 22 - more of Chaos Jumble - a cold...

Lassen Volcanic NP 23 - where are all of these antiques coming...

Lassen Volcanic NP 24 - more of them coming up the mountain...

Lassen Volcanic NP 25 - Manzanita Lake - we walked the trail...

Lassen Volcanic NP 26

Lassen Volcanic NP 27

Lassen Volcanic NP 28 - a lot of ducks in the lake

Lassen Volcanic NP 29 - Lassen Peak on the right, Choas Crags...

Lassen Volcanic NP 30 - a Stellar Jay

Lassen Volcanic NP 31 - Libby across the lake waiting on us

Lassen Volcanic NP 32 - the lake's overflow outlet

Lassen Volcanic NP 33 - our first visual of the fire south...

Lassen Volcanic NP 34 - as I write this, it has now...


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.

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