bright blue skies and temperatures in the low 70’s, a welcome respite
after spending our last few days in Oregon in rain, clouds and fog.
morning we left Grants Pass, heading south over Siskiyou Pass towards
up the coach, and then making a grocery run. It was nice to be close
to shopping again after spending a month “18 miles from Walmart”
(RVers gauge for how close a campground is from shopping facilities).
We track in a lot when we’re breaking down and setting up. We also
get a lot of dust when we leave windows open, which we were able to
do in Oregon, so it was time for a good sprucing up.
Jo’s sewing corner set up and ready, it was time to check out what
was around our new “home place”.
road a little ways to Mt Shasta, the dominate mountain in the Redding
area we had seen on the way in. We picked out a route that took us
east, then north to Mt Shasta and back to Redding, about a 140 mile
loop. We made a short side trip to Moose Camp, a private camp on the
way to Burney where we would turn back to the west.
great fall color and the brightest red maple either of us had ever
seen. See Jo’s pics on her Pinterest page ( http://www.pinterest.com/jimcope/
mountain roads, we finally turned west again at Burney toward Mt.
mountain. Our first view from this direction, the mountain was
shrouded with smoke at the it’s base from controlled burns by the
came into view again, minus the smoke. It was a little tricky
finding good vantage points along the heavily forested highway, until
we came into the small town of McCloud.
little town is dominated by it’s view of Mt Shasta. After taking a
few shots, not only of the mountain, but also of the town itself, we
moved on towards Shasta City, and the interstate back to Redding.
right, driving up as far as we could toward a ski resort which was
still closed before season opening. Snow down to 4000 feet is in the
forecast in a couple of days, so opening of the ski area could come
soon. The road gave us several views of Mt Shasta with reflected sun
from the sunset.
back to Shasta City and it’s pretty neighborhoods, so we will have to
make a return trip there.
tweaking her sewing center and editing photos, while I worked on
writing a few pages for the website. At the end of the day, needing
to get out, we drove a couple of miles to the Redding Sundial Bridge,
where we walked and took more photos.
bridge is a marvel in architecture, engineering or art, but it has
elements of all three and is beautiful. The grounds around the
bridge spanning the Sacramento River, are perfect for a stroll.
at home the next day, but with rain in the forecast , (snow in the
higher elevations) we decided to try to make one more little side
trip, this one to Whiskeytown Recreation area. It’s a nice forested
area just a few miles west of Redding. We stopped at a picnic table
as we drove around the lake and had lunch.
drive around the lake through large forests, along a stream, and
across open hills covered with Manzanita shrubs.
service road that took us past some great views of Whiskeytown lake.
We arrived back home at dusk and enjoyed a great “leftovers”
by the Coastal mountains to the west, the Cascades to the north, and
the Sierra Nevada range to the east. We are starting to feel “right
at home”, and it’s only been a few days. It is a blessing to be
able to live here for awhile.