A beautiful morning, had a quick breakfast at our motel. Then headed back to Hyw 89 North to Burney Falls State Park. We heard about this from our good friends that passed thru this region as they completed the Pacific Crest Trail this year.
First, we drove out to Lake Britton which is part of the park. Beautiful tree lined lake, so quiet now. But you could imagine it packed during summer. We loved the stillness and watching the fish jump in the lake.
Next, Burney Falls. ..Unbelievable; the beauty, full and powerful sound of the falls!
We walked from the lookout point to the loop trail down to the falls.
Then, across the bridge to up above the falls where we saw some fisherman. What a gorgeous walk for an early morning.
We followed Hwy 89 North to Shasta City.
We have driven Hwy 5 many times to Shasta Lake and beyond but had never stopped in the town of Shasta Lake. What a nice town, vibrant yet quaint. We had even better views of Mt. Shasta which stands at 14,752 ft.
Finally, had to get on Hyw 5 to make it to Oregon. Very different landscape near Weed, CA. Reminds me of coming into Southern Spain thru the mountains towards Malagra.
We stopped in Ashland, OR to walk thru Lithia Park, around downtown and to peek into the Shakespeare Theater. We had attended a few performances there when our daughter was in High School. Unfortunately, we had not made reservations ahead so we just enjoyed the town.
From there we drove the back roads to Jacksonville and Medford. Everywhere you looked, the trees were putting on a display of colors. Beautiful country with vineyards and small farms. We forgot to take pictures in Jacksonville, but it is so cute and walking friendly that I recommend everyone plan a visit there.
Stayed in Medford, OR for two nights. Tomorrow, off the visit our friends in Applegate Valley near Jacksonville.