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Scenic wild flower landscape at Lassen Volcanic National Park in California
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Whiskeytown National Recreation Area in Shasta-Cascade, California
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Connecting with nature at Whiskeytown National Recreation Area in California
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Beautiful lakes and streams at the Lassen Volcanic National Park in California
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Kayaking is one of the many water activities on Whiskeytown Lake in California
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Wild flowers at Lassen Volcanic National Park in Shasta-Cascade, California
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The views from the Brokeoff Volcano in California are spectacular
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Habitant en Californie, mon mari et moi n’apprécions plus les montagnes environnantes et leur beauté naturelle à leur juste valeur.

Nous avons récemment visité la région de Shasta Cascade en Californie et avons été à nouveau subjugués par la beauté des paysages, les activités en plein air et la richesse de l’histoire.

The Vibrant City of Redding

Our journey began in Northern California with a scenic drive north of Sacramento to the charming city of Redding. With every passing mile, the landscape became more and more vibrant. Driving into Redding revealed one of the many man-made wonders of this area: the Sundial Bridge. This unique bridge is designed to act as a working sundial, and even though its architecture is striking, it actually is suspended by cables making it environmentally sensitive to the salmon habitats in the river. Several fly-fishing publications, professional guides and Forbes have rated Redding as a top 10 fishing town in North America!

That evening, my husband Justin and I enjoyed a salmon dinner at Cafe Paradisio in downtown Redding. This bistro provides a casually elegant ambiance and delicious cuisine. I had the beet salad, which was fantastic! Fortified, we resolved to get up early to explore.

Whiskeytown National Recreation Area

The next day we started off to the Whiskeytown National Recreation Area, famous for its lake of sapphire blue waters surrounded by the pine-covered foothills of the nearby mountains. While the main attraction for Whiskeytown is water recreation, the park also provides ample opportunities for wildlife viewing, camping, mountain biking and hiking. Whiskeytown also has four major waterfalls that you can visit year round. We were able to take a tour guided with Sean, a forest ranger, to the hidden gem Whiskeytown Falls. Nothing gives you a greater sense of accomplishment than hiking to the upper viewpoint of a waterfall!

L'une des nombreuses chutes d'eau magnifiques de la Whiskeytown National Recreation Area en Californie

L'une des nombreuses chutes d'eau magnifiques de la Whiskeytown National Recreation Area en Californie
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Treasure Hunt!

This region also has a historic side. The area was once a popular spot for gold mining, and still offers gold panning in designated areas along the river with an easy-to-arrange permit. I thought for sure I had struck it rich many times, but to no avail. It was still fun. I did see someone further away actually collect some real gold flakes, so I am hopeful for the next time I visit.

Chercher de l'or à la batée, une activité amusante et populaire dans la Whiskeytown National Recreation Area en Californie

Chercher de l'or à la batée, une activité amusante et populaire dans la Whiskeytown National Recreation Area en Californie
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Water Sports, Outdoors and Mud Pots

At the Oak Bottom Marina on Whiskeytown Lake, you can rent boats and kayaks or just swim from the lake beaches.

Another must-see for outdoor adventurers in the Shasta Cascade area is the Lassen Volcanic National Park. The dominant feature of the park is Lassen Peak. Hiking, sightseeing, biking and maybe taking in sulphuric fumes of the boiling mud pots are some of the activities to enjoy. We drove through the scenic roads of this park and the views were stunning.

On our last night in Redding, we dined at the trendy and modern American style View 202 Restaurant & Lounge. We ordered shoestring fries, organic quinoa salad and butternut squash ravioli with some nice live music playing in the background and a peaceful view to the Sacramento River.

The Shasta Cascade region is a treasure of natural beauty that invites exploration. Justin and I are planning to come back and live the adventure again!

Vue sur Lassen Peak au cœur du Lassen Volcanic National Park

Vue sur Lassen Peak au cœur du Lassen Volcanic National Park
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