Shasta and Redding
I’m happy to say that day two has gone much better than the second half of day one. Traffic and weather both cooperated, and the scenery was a lot more varied. We left Eugene early and spent the morning making it through the rest of Oregon, which was pretty rural. A little past noon, we were in California, the sun shone, and it began to get warmer. We’re in Redding tonight, and the high today was about 90F (32C), with the same forecast for the next three days. It’s the kind of weather we had back in Abbotsford until about two weeks ago. It’s like an extra kick at summer.
We had 100 miles less to cover today and took advantage of the extra time to stop and explore the Mount Shasta area a bit today. We got a map from the visitor’s center and headed up as far as the road would take us. In this case, that was up to 8,000ft above sea level. The trees stopped just short of that, it was noticeably colder and windy. The view was quite something, however. Rebecca has posted pictures, which you can see on her Flickr account. We also spent some time in Redding, checking out the “world’s largest sundial”, which is located on a pedestrian bridge over the Sacramento river. It was nice, but there’s something really quite lame about all these town’s with the “world’s largest” tomato (or whatever).
A good day. Tomorrow we will stay in town for Mass and then make our way to Santa Rosa. I’m looking forward to seeing the place and getting settled in.