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Last week kind of sucked. I wasn’t feeling great, and there was some work-related stress. So when the weekend came around I definitely wanted to have some fun.
We rented a car on Saturday morning. It was actually pretty easy to do. Ryan rode his bike over (it was very close by, as are most things in town), locked his bike at a bike rack, drove the car back. Then I drove him back to pick up his bike, finished getting stuff ready while he rode home, and then we were off. Our first choice was Enterprise, so we could just get a pickup, but they were booked. Luckily there are (at least) 3 different rental places in town so it worked out.
Our first stop was the Lake Shasta Caverns. I took tons of pictures and even shot some video, so I’ll do a whole post about that soon. But we had a lot of fun, I’ll tell you that much. It was only about 40 minutes away. At the Caverns, we discovered that Lake Shasta is not really for swimming in the sense that it doesn’t have any beaches. Most people take a boat out on the lake and then swim. Part of the tour was a boat ride across the lake to get to the caverns and I was extremely tempted to jump in because it was over 100 degrees outside. But I restrained myself.
After the caverns, we drove through town and got a bite to eat, then headed over the Whiskeytown Lake. This lake is only about a 40-minute drive from Lake Shasta Caverns and I think about 30 minutes from where we were staying. So you have two lakes within about 30 minutes from Redding. Whiskeytown is the swimming lake, but it isn’t easy to find a beach. You have to pay for parking as well, and it’s $10 for a day pass. By the time we finally found a beach, it was after 5:00, so it didn’t really seem worth it to pay for parking. Plus we were tired, and still needed to run more errands, so we can back home and rested for a bit.
Since we had a car, we took the opportunity to stock up on some groceries because it’s going to be really hot this week. It was already 104 today and will get even hotter. It isn’t conducive to bike riding, and we have a busy week so we decided to run around to various stores and pick up food. We also got more food for all three of our furry children (they each eat something different, of course). Finally, we got back home and crashed.
Yesterday was spent doing a lot of research. I still hadn’t booked anything for our next trip, which was supposed to happen this Thursday (June 30th). We finally made a plan, which I will give more details about soon–but the big hints are that we’re going to much cooler climates and we will be out of the state by the end of the week.
This morning, I turned on the kitchen faucet and one of the gaskets must have spontaneously disintegrated, because it started spurting out water at the base. It’s old (possibly original to the coach), and we had already planned to replace it. It just wasn’t at the top of our list at the moment. But we actually had the new faucet sitting in one of our storage bays–I saw it on clearance at the hardware store and we bought it a long, long time ago (maybe almost a year!). We didn’t have the right connectors, though. It took poor Ryan 3 trips to the hardware store during the hottest part of the day, but he got it done and it looks and works great.
The rest of the week will not be very exciting (to most people) but we will have finally accomplished a task that we started the day after we got here. Tomorrow, we have an appointment to get the catalytic converter on the RV replaced. Thursday, we were supposed to leave, but the referee can see us for our “special” smog check on Friday morning, so we talked to the park manager and will be staying an extra day. Friday we will drive to the local college for our referee appointment, and once it’s finished we will be leaving immediately.
My next post will be more exciting…it will either be the Shasta Caverns (with video!) or talking about some major miles we are going to drive over the next couple of weeks.
I hope that wherever you are, it isn’t 82 degrees at after 11:00 at night like it is here!