We are in Redding, CA at the Premier RV Resort. This is a really nice park with great sites. Our site is next to a grassy area that fronts a small creek. It has very good facilities: bathroom/showers, laundry room, lending library. You can also check out DVDs at the office. The volunteers that work in the office are very courteous and friendly.
On Monday we decided to take a road trip up to Lassen Volcanic National Park. The weather was a bit iffy, but the drive was quite beautiful. We ran through one spot that was very foggy, but that cleared pretty quickly. When we got to the park, it was closed probably due to snow. There is still a lot of snow on the mountains. So we found a backwoods mountain road that took us up Badger Mountain. We were able to drive quite a way, but snow kept us from taking the road all the way over the mountain. There was an area towards the top of the mountain that had been burned at some point. It was still a great drive through the woods.
That evening we went to Win-River Casino. Tim and I both entered a poker tournament. There were 40 players. I was able to hold on for an hour before I got put out. Tim made it to 3rd place. Way to go!! It was a lot of fun!
Tuesday it rained most of the day so we stayed at home. Later in the afternoon it cleared up enough that we could get out and see what was happening around Redding. We found this great park, Turtle Bay Exploration Park. It is located beside the Sacramento River. Across the river is a unique foot bridge, the Sundial Bridge. There is also a museum at the park, but it was closed. We walked some of the trails and found a few geocaches. Under the bridge a large number of swallows are nesting. As we were leaving the park we saw them, we thought at first, bathing in puddles. As we got closer we realized they were gathering mud from the puddles for building their nests. Very cool! On the way home we stopped at Walmart for a few things. Tim found some Tony Romo barbequed ribs and we got some corn-on-the-cob and had a magnificently tasty supper that night!! Yummy! Highly recommend them.
On Wednesday morning the weather was amazing. One of the two places we want to see while we are here is Mount Shasta. We headed out on the hour drive. It is a beautiful scenic drive and we past Shasta Lake. It is a gorgeous deep water mountain lake. The water is a lovely green color.
As we round a curve we get our first glimpse of Mount Shasta. It is just breathtaking. Mount Shasta is a potentially active volcano located at the southern end of the Cascade Range in Siskiyou County, California. At an elevation of 14,179 feet, it is the second highest peak in the Cascades an the fifth highest in California. It pretty much stands alone as it rises up so high. Seeing this amazing work of Mother Nature touches you soul deep. It so amazing there are just no words that can truly express how it made us feel. It is moving in ways that are just impossible to be able to explain. Pictures and words just can't relay the feelings of reverence for this beautiful mountain.
We drove up the mountain to Bunny Flat at elevation 6,950'. This is about as far as you can drive anytime of the year. The snow is so thick year round that it just can't be plowed. To go any higher on the mountain, you have to hike. It is just a worthwhile place to visit.
On the way back we stopped at Shasta Lake. Tim wanted to try his hand at fishing. He landed a spotted bass. This is the first one he has ever caught! Way to go, Tim! It is a really beautiful lake.
Our next stop will be Patrick's Point in Trinidad, CA on the Pacific coast. Will see you there.