|Redding, CA / Mt Shasta
We left the Oregon Coast, which we had enjoyed tremendously, and drove to I-5 again. We enjoyed the drive very much,because the scenery changed from evergreen forest to farmland and back again to forest. We had a wonderful view of Mt. Shasta as we drove, and later we wished we had stopped to take a picture, because when we got to Shasta Dam, the view was not as clear.
Shasta Lake is the largest lake in California and was created by the damming up of the Sacramento River. It has over 360 miles of shore line, and is a popular lake for houseboats, water sports, and fishing. We stayed at Mountain Gate RV Park which is north of Redding and only a short drive away from Shasta Dam. It is far enough from Redding that we saw deer grazing in the evening from the campsite.
Shasta Dam was built at the end of the Great Depression and finished in 1945. At the Visitor Center we watched a movie where they had a reunion of the workers 50 years later, and they talked about their experiences . We found it very interesting. Joe was even brave enough to walk out on the dam and take pictures !!! It is the second largest dam in mass in the USA. The largest is Grand Coulee in the state of Washington, and interestingly enough they were built about the same time… Grand Coulee opened in June 1942.
On the scenic grounds around the top of the dam there is a lovely park with picnic tables, benches, and lots of pine trees. The pine cones are different than any we have seen before. Neither of us knew the variety of these pine trees.
We stayed at Redding 3 nights and left for Bakersfield RV Park for the next 4 nights.