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Aug 29, 2016 - Shingletown CA

How about that? I was right. After I whipped up a delightful breakfast, we were out the door by 9:15. Yup, we were on the road to Redding by 9:15 on a Sunday morning. Shocking. We did some errands – a haircut for me, dog food and a new bed for the security system and some Walmart goodies for all of us – then we made our way to the Sundial Bridge. The Sundial Bridge is a pedestrian only walkway across the Sacramento River in Redding. It has a plexiglass deck so that you can see a little bit of the river under your feet and at the north end...

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Aug 27, 2016 - Shingletown CA

As planned, we headed off to Lassen Volcanic National Park for the day and it was better than expected. The weather was perfect, the park was beautiful and the entrance free because this weekend is the 100th birthday of the National Park Service. We really hadn’t done much research on the park, but we were able to deduce that the park had something to do with volcanoes. Pretty sharp ain’t we? Here’s what we probably should have looked at before today https://www.nps.gov/lavo/index.htm. One thing – well, one of the things – that we learned...

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Aug 26, 2016 - Shingletown CA

Our San Francisco trek started early as we were up by 7:30 for a 9:00ish bus ride into the big city. John, our tour guide, was awesome; he grew up in San Francisco and knew the city very well and did a great job regaling us with stories about the history, architecture and fun facts about the city. We stopped at numerous interesting spots, some of which we had done before and some new ones. One that took us by surprise was a stop at the De Young Museum, an art museum in Golden Gate Park. Certainly not because of the art, but because it has...

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Jul 2, 2013 - Shingletown, CA

It was raining when we went to bed on June 24th and it was still raining when we got up June 25th. It rained while I prepared the trailer for the move to Shingletown and it rained intermittently from Shingle Springs until we were heading north from Sacramento on I-5. The rain stopped and the clouds began lifting as we continued north and we had brief sunshine when we reached Redding where we turned east toward Shingletown. An agricultural area between Sacramento and Redding produces olives. There were large orchards of olive trees along...

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Sep 13, 2011 - Day #4

Day #4, Monday, September 12th The morning got off to a leisurely start. No hurry / no schedule. We departed the RV Park in Reno at 11:00am. Not a big fan, but it was just a place to stay in route to the “real” vacation, which started today. We headed North on Hwy 395 and had about 110 miles to go to our destination. At mile marker 24 we spotted cow patties! Ok, there wasn’t much to see in the beginning, but it got better. Today, the highest elevation we reached was about 6,000 ft. yesterday it was 8,036 ft. The hills weren’t too bad today,...

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Sep 13, 2011 - Shingletown, CA Temp 80

We made a pleasant but difficult drive from the California coast across the mountains. There might be a few straight and level segments, but none that we could recall. We stopped at a large turnout near the top of one of the mountains and had lunch. By day’s end we had climbed and descended 4 mountains. We arrived at the KOA Park and got settled. The park was one of the best we have been to with lots of trees and room to roam. Just prior to the park, a fox ran across the road (too quick to get a picture). Note the drastic increase in temp....

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Jul 27, 2011 - Milepost 5867 - Lassen Volcanic National Park

We continued south into north central California for a couple of nights near Lassen Volcanic National Park. The park is another of the hikers’ delight stops, but again this year is a little different due to the amount of snow they got. You can’t hike to the peak because of the main trail being worked on and alternatives around it are snow pack. Because the park has Yellowstone-like volcanic activity, we planned to hike the mile and half down to see the main thermals. We didn’t make it out of the parking lot—see the photo. Regardless, the...

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Apr 19, 2009 - Not so much Lassen Volcanic National Park

Staying at a campground in Shingletown (strange name but believed derived from the logging activity in the area) we visited the Lessen Volcanic National Park. Due to the elevation of the park and the time of year there was only 9 miles of the scenic road open. It was a very hot day (i.e. temperatures were in the 80ºF) but snow was on the ground! The area was that in May 1914 Lassen Peak erupted and continued for three years. On 22 May 1915 the peak blew a huge mushroom-shaped cloud of ash over 30,000 feet into the air and altered the...

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Sep 19, 2007 - Shut out by the rain....

Some days the weather is in your favor and some days its against you...Today it was against us! We had planned to hike up to the peak of Mt. Lassen Volcano today but woke up to rain showers and thunder. We would have started at 8500 ft and ended at the top at 10,500 ft. It would have been a 2.5 mile zip zag hike up the side of the volcano but seeing as the mountain is a known attractor of lightening, the hike would have been miserable and dangerous. Therefore, I have posted a picture of the volcano I took two days before on a clear day. It...

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Sep 15, 2007 - Long travel day....

Wholly cow...today was intense! Today we left OR and headed to CA stopping at a few tourist traps along the way, please see photos...LOL We stopped at the Mystery of Trees on Hwy 101 in CA. I think the "Paul and Babe" theme is to go along with the Redwoods. Cheese but appreciated. Then we stopped at the "Tour thru Tree" in CA. We actually got this big Dodge to fit through the tree! We drove down the coast of CA almost to Eureka and then headed east on Hwy 299. We cut through the Klamath Mountains. This was our longest drive yet...7+ hours....

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