Rain, rain, go away!!

Trip Start May 09, 2009
Trip End May 27, 2010

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Flag of United States  , California
Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Any delusions that we would have a lot of sun while in California were dashed pretty soon.  You may have read about the bad storm that moved through CA bringing high winds and torrential rain.  We rode the storm out at an RV park near the Klamath River (which fortuantely did not overflow!) and then headed inland towards Redding, CA.  We thought things had eased up but we ran into a lot of rain on the drive - not fun for Jim. 

Redding has a reputation for being sunny most of the year, so we were hopeful that things would be better.  Unfortunately, the storm had dumped 2-3 feet of snow at upper elevations, so our plans to visit Lassen Volcanic National Park were delayed temporarily because the road through the park was impassable.  So, being the flexible travellers that we are, we toured the area near Shasta Lake and Mt. Shasta instead.  After visting Shasta Dam (2nd largest in US), we took a scenic drive for views of Mt. Shasta.  With help from our handy scenic drives guide, we took a route that took us to Hedgecreek Falls, where we could walk behind the falls, and Burney Falls, reputed to be the most beautiful waterfalls in CA. 

We finally headed to Lassen Volcanic NP yesterday (10/18), with a forecast of sun and high of 55.  The road was open and we started our tour through the park, stopping at viewpoints along the way.  Soon, however, clouds gathered and winds started to pick up.  We were unable to see the top of Lassen Peak and winds prevented us from completing a hike on a ridge that led to some thermal features.  Not a total bust, but disappointing nonetheless.

We had a few raindrops on the drive back to our trailer, but nothing major.  In fact, we were able to stop in Redding and visit the Sundial Bridge, a unique pedestrian bridge that leads to Turtle Bay Gardens and other attractions.  Although it is past the prime for blooming, we enjoyed Turtle Bay gardens due to the art throughout the park.

By dinnertime, rain, thunder and lightning started and continued all night.  No thunder and lightning today, but the rain continues.  The locals are happy because they've had dry conditions.  Looking on the bright side, it gives us a day to catch up on blogs, do travel planning, etc.  We have learned to go with the flow and not reserve campgrounds too far in advance in case weather changes our plans. 

Hopefully, you are having great fall weather where you are!

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