Shasta Dam and Trinity NF

It was sad leaving San Diego but nice to be on the road again. Our first stop was in Redding at the Premier RV Resorts. We drove up to see the Shasta Dam and to explore the area more. The water level was back up to almost normal height, at 602 feet high, it is the 8th tallest dam in the US. On our way back to Redding we stopped in Weaverville, a historic California Gold Rush town founded in 1850, nestled at the foot of the current Trinity Alps Wilderness Area. We stopped for lunch at the Strawhouse Cafe on Highway 299, with a beautiful deck overlooking the Trinity River. It was raining so we didn’t get to enjoy the deck but next time for sure, as we would definitely stop here again. After lunch we visited the Trinity Alps Wilderness, located between Eureka and Redding. It’s a beautiful forest with 55 alpine lakes to explore and high granite peaks known as the Trinity Alps. The Wilderness contains about 520 miles of hiking trails, including 17 miles of the Pacific Crest Trail and 35 miles of the Bigfoot Trail. We will have to come back and do some hiking in this beautiful Wilderness. Click on thumbnail to view images Continue reading

Sacramento River National Recreation Trail-Redding CA

May 19th, Monday we hit the road again in R SHRPA, and headed to Redding, CA. We stayed at a beautiful, well-maintained park, Premier RV Resorts, where they delivered the morning paper to your doorstep. On May 20th we rode our bikes on the Sacramento River National Recreation Trail, ranked the 7th best trail in CA by the Rails to Trails. This trail is the crown jewel of Redding’s trail system, spanning 17.4 miles from Shasta Dam to the world famous Turtle Bay Sundial Bridge in Redding. We started our ride at the Sundial Bridge, an architectural wonder, opened July 4th, 2004, and crosses the Sacramento River in the heart of Redding. The world renowned Spanish architect and engineer, Santiago Calatrava, conceived the Sundial Bridge’s unusual design. Continue reading