2010 Race 2 Finish travel blog

I-5 southbound out of Medford

heading into the Siskiyou Mountains

in winter you often have to chain up to make this crossing

almost to the summit

top of the grade

now it's downhill all the way to California




leaving Oregon - but we'll be back

there are the signs we're looking for!

back in California



we pulled off at this turnout to take some pictures - that's...

still snowcapped in September

because the top is two miles higher than where we're standing now

our baby seems to sense she's on the home stretch now

we had to take a picture of her with Mt. Shasta

I-5 looking back toward Oregon

looking west toward the Trinity Wilderness

a few miles farther we turned off and headed into the Trinity...

this is a beautiful part of California that neither of us has...


the road started climbing again

the first pass we came to was Forest Mountain summit at 4,097...

then the road dropped back down into the valley






for the next half hour the road follwed the valley



the towns were scattered and small

then the road started climbing again



this time the pass was over a mile high

but what goes up must always come down again





we stopped at an overlook on Trinity Lake but the trees were...




a doe ran across the road in front of us and her...

so we stopped so he wouldn't be scared and we waited for...

another view of Trinity Lake


the whitecapped mountain in the distance is probably Shasta

Trinity Lake as seen from the dam


complete with a plaque of explanation

below the dam this small powerhouse generates electricity


the river below the dam turns into Lewiston Lake


then Whiskeytown Lake



a few miles past Whiskeytown Lake you come to outskirts of Redding

and a few miles south of Redding the JGW RV Park on...

"Right back where we started from!"


Today our RV reentered
California for the first time in three and a half years! We left Eagle Point, gassed up in Medford and then drove south on I-5, crossing the Siskiyou Mountains and then the California border just before noon. Our destination was Redding and we had plenty of time, so we decided to take a detour through part of the Trinity Alps Wilderness on our way south.

We’ve seen most of California over the years, but this is a part of California neither of us had seen before. Our route took us over several mountain passes and past Trinity, Lewiston, and Whiskeytown Lakes. The scenery is rugged California mountain country, which on a clear day under a blue sky is quite beautiful. We got to Redding by late afternoon and took a campsite at the JGW Campground on the Sacramento River. The campground is owned by friends George and Joan Hageman and we had a nice visit with them - this time someone Madolyn went to school with.

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