What it told us yesterday was that it was time to move on. These high temperatures, tinder dry ground and thunderstorms in the area told us clearly that it was time to move out of the forests and away from the potential wild fire danger.
So, we reevaluated our travel plans and decided to skip our visit to Lassen Volcanic Park and move on towards our September date in Denver a little earlier than was scheduled.
|bye bye beautiful Shasta Lake|
So, tonight we're happily tucked in at the Susanville RV Park (California) and tomorrow we'll move on into Nevada.
We didn't get to do or see as much as we would have liked in the Shasta Lake area because it was just to darn hot to move around much. A return visit is assured.
The other day we drove a bit north to the McCloud River to find the Upper, Middle and Lower Falls. On the way we discovered a pleasant little hike in Dunsmuir leading to the Hedge Creek Falls. Lewis was along for the ride so he joined us, screaming and barking all the way down the dirt switchbacks to the pool below the falls. He's nothing if not enthusiastic. Its embarrassing.
We got to the bottom of the trail and discovered there was a small cave behind the falls. The water was beating down on four or five large rocks, making a lot of noise and lots of spraying water. Lewis was unsure if this was safe but decided to investigate cautiously.
It was fun to walk behind the falls and see the hanging foliage and cascading water from the other side. The cool spray from the falls and the temperature in the little "cave" was delightful.
The short hike back to the car was not, however. At least Lewis had expended his excitement and walked quietly up the path. By the time we got back to the Jeep we were all dusty and sweaty again.
We stopped for a quick lunch in the picnic area for Castle Crags State Park. We ate waterside near the spring head for Castle Creek Spring Water.
The creek was clear and full of deep sunlit pools.
After lunch we continued on our way to the McCloud River and the final three falls.
People were using the river on this hot day. They were even using the falls.....
We walked to a couple viewing points for the middle falls, but couldn't really get a good picture of it.
Walking back from the middle falls, I caught my toe in a hole and it stopped my feet's forward progress. Thus we ended our day of falls with the most spectacular one of the day, Sue falls.
I was not injured and did not drop my camera. I am, however, sore in places I didn't know I had.