In an effort to escape the oven known as the Northern California Valley and take one last trip before the start of school, we spent a couple nights at 3,600 ft this past week; elevation gain: +/- 3,000 ft. So unbelievably worth it. I know, it’s a dry heat here, but no matter how you slice it 100 to 110 degree temps are HOT! And mommy gets very cranky in the heat. Especially when peppered with rapid fire questions in a hot car by her boys.
To kick off the trip, we stopped in McCloud. Known for its triple falls hike, river, now defunct dinner train and post trip I discovered a historic candy shop selling candy by the pound out of vintage barrels. So glad I didn’t know about that ahead of time. Vacation is the time I let my calories mount and have a huge weakness for gummy candies.
There isn’t much in the way of directions online about the falls, at least from my quick searches, but we did find the park where the lower falls is located. Although, we never saw the falls themselves. Hubby isn’t really a fall seeker and just as happy to hike the river and find a nice private pool to splash around, so that’s what we did. I’ve since found this link for those looking to actually hike the falls. (link here)
The city of McCloud is a picturesque place reminiscent of an old logging / mill town. The houses neatly in rows with super steep roofs for all the snow. We happened upon this pristine City park and playground…nary a soul in sight. So strange. The town itself seemed nearly deserted, but the beauty. Oh the beauty. McCloud is right near Mt.Shasta City, yet somehow upon exiting the park, we accidentally ended up on the freeway going South. Oy vey.
Back in Dusmuir, in search of ice cream cones to pacify our mini beasts from this minor detour, we stumbled on a restaurant, YAKS, displaying a banner announcing it as one of the top 100 restaurants in the county. In the whole USA? This little dive was in the top 100?! I couldn’t believe it. You can guess what happened next. We weren’t even hungry yet powered down giant burgers, bourbon sticky buns, fries and chips like it was our last meal for the week. The staff was super friendly, the atmosphere quaint, the presentation spot on, and the food tasty, but a little on the pricey side. I can’t say we’d make a special trip to the place, but if you’re in the area, I’d recommend it.
We arrived at Mt. Shasta Resort to find Expedia had oversold our room. Turned out to be the best thing that could’ve happened; we were upgraded to a chalet on the lake. That’s right baby!! A one room cabin on the lake. Ahhh. I don’t know we will ever be able to stay in their “hotel-like” rooms in the future after being so spoiled.
As per our new vacation norm, we only had one thing on our “must do” list. Check out Lake Siskiyou’s Splash Zone!! My sis had told me about this via Facebook and it looked like a blast – combining bounce house with water. Weeelll, once we got there, the water was refreshing, but the Splash Zone (click for link) too advanced for the ages of our tikes. Pretty reasonable too. $8/1 hr or $15/4 hrs. Ah well, next year maybe.
The lake and beach area were perfect. My boys are so versed in beaches. John spent time making sand and rock creations and Brendon. Well, he’s a different sort. He made numerous sand angels and spent a lot of his non swimming time rolling around in the sand by himself. It was a great day for all.
The lake is surrounded by an extensive trail system. If it was just hubby and myself, we’d likely spend hours at a time running or bike riding around the lake. This definitely seems like a place we’d visit again with and without the boys. We took several different outings during our stay on the trails. John had his first ever blackberry picking experience; very exciting!
We did make a day trip into Mt. Shasta City, but other than some $2 cleats at the thrift shop, there wasn’t much to be had there and can’t say any of the shops were “must stops”. Although there was a nice quilt and sewing shop, if you’re in the market while vacationing. Hubby indulges my hobbies from time to time.
It was hard to come home to the 106 degree day we faced (I think it maybe hit low 90s in Mt. Shasta), Hubby declaring we need to leave Redding for the Summer next year. I concur.