Monthly Archives: August 2012

California State Capitol

Sacramento, CA Sacramento sits at the confluence of the American and Sacramento Rivers.  All along both rivers are nicely paved and well maintained bike paths.  One path runs right past Cal Expo where we are staying.  So on our first … Continue reading

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Welcome to Sacramento

Sacramento, CA We left Redding about 10:00 and headed south on I-5.  As we left you could see and smell smoke from fires in the area.  The day before was clear with clean air but the wind must have shifted, … Continue reading

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Lassen Volcanic National Park

Redding, CA One of the reasons for our stay in Redding was to visit the Lassen Volcanic National Park, about fifty miles to the east.   But there have been some very strong fires between here and the park causing … Continue reading

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Weaverville Joss House

Redding, CA About 50 miles west of Redding on Highway 299 is the small, historic mining community of Weaverville.  Founded in 1850, Weaverville is a historic California Gold Rush town.  After the gold ran out logging and tourism were the economic mainstays of Weaverville … Continue reading

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The Shasta Dam

Redding, CA About ten miles north of Redding is the Shasta Dam, an arch dam across the Sacramento River. The dam mainly serves long-term water storage and flood control in its reservoir, Shasta Lake, and also generates hydroelectric power. At 602 feet high, it is the ninth-tallest … Continue reading

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Old Shasta Village

Redding, CA Just six miles west of Redding is Old Shasta State Historical Park.  Shasta City, the “Queen City” of California’s northern mining district, once stood on this site.  The discovery of gold near Shasta in 1849 brought California Gold Rush-era Forty-Niners up … Continue reading

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The Sundial Bridge

Redding, CA We’ve been in Redding, CA for two days and have found it to be very warm (make that hot).  Redding is located at the northern end of the Sacramento Valley and has a Mediterranean climate, with an average high … Continue reading

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