Redwoods to Redding
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An incredible hike through Lady Bird Johnson Grove in the south end of Redwood NP started the morning right. The sun shone through the massive trees, shooting lightbeams through the fog- a spiritual experience! It was crisp and cool, very fall-like weather there with lots of fog.
We saw a black bear and two cubs on the way up the mountain to get there too- exciting!
The excellent road to Redding was very pretty, climbing some hills and following a gorgeous river. The final section was one of the most curvy roads we've experienced and the kids were feeling a bit ill in the back of the RV.
We stopped at Whiskeytown National Rec Area and are convinced that the name is befitting of whomever erected the signs to the campground, as we never found it and finally headed the few miles on to Redding.
Redding turned out to be a very nice city of 90,000 with wide roads and uncrowded conditions. Nice construction ladies near the Ford place (which we checked out for tomorrow morning) provided good directions to Sacramento RV Park, which is a nice campground right on the Sacramento River.
Did you know that east of the mountains is dry and hot? It was in the upper 90's here today! We were so surprised by the heat, and then grateful to use the pool (and laundry) facilities here at the campground. In fact, right now we have the air conditioner running. It quickly cooled off outside after sunset, but it's still warm in the RV.
Tomorrow's plan is to head to Ford to get the brakes checked and the self-adjuster installed if they have time and then head to Lassen Volcanic NP, which is only about an hour away. It is supposedly like Yellowstone with the thermal pools and mudpots. In fact, one of the areas is named for an early guide who broke through the earth's surface on a tour he was giving and lost a leg! Sounds like a terrific place to explore... on the boardwalk!
Word from Houston is 2-4 weeks before power is restored due to the hurricane. Ugh! Ned is going to determine where/how he'll manage. Of course, we'd love to have him join us, but someone feels responsible to work for this family, so we'll leave the decision to him. We sure hope the power company exaggerated the outage timeframe.