What an amazing road..
Trip Start Nov 01, 2012
26Trip End Jan 09, 2013
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After breakfast, all filled up with gas water and food we set off for the mountains... heading east on the 299. As we climbed higher and higher up the mountain road the weather started looking bleak...the clouds loomed a dark grey and mist hung menacingly over the peaks . Markers along the roadside indicated we were now at 2000ft and the alpine forest in the distance had a covering of fresh white snow ..it was a postcard view..
still climbing the mist got thicker and soon the wipers were needed as water droplets turned into rain
We stopped at a view point but mist and snow blurred the vista although now it was now more like sleet... and certainly was no longer laying ..obviously the temperature was rising thank goodness.. the road then descended quite quickly into a really cute village called Willow Creek..where Bigfoot has been seen many times..so there is a museum dedicated to him which was closed for winter ..shame..
we continued along the 299 with the road ascending and descending several times up to 3000ft and down to 1000ft.. the scenery was spectacular the deciduous trees had all turned varying shades of yellow and red and were dotted picturesquely among the evergreen pines covering the mountainside with glorious colour. we decided we had chosen a fabulous time to see this area..and after stopping by a riverbed at the bottom of a ravine for lunch we arrived in weaverville. a small gem of a town at the foot of trinity alps..with oldy worldy stores and colourful tree lined streets...
next stop was Shasta historic park... here the remnants of a prosperous gold mining town line the main road, a bakery, blacksmith,hotel and just the walls of other local stores remain.. all abandoned when the locomotive arrived and bypassed little shasta going straight to Redding.
we now turned north again up highway 5 to lake shasta where we spent the night in a quiet empty campsite..