We picked up Jennie's cousin Patty and her husband Al at the Redding airport the rainy evening of Sunday, October 29. They had braved the small plane flight from San Francisco in order to visit us. Monday we began the tour in beautiful down town Mount Shasta -- gallery, gift shops, book store (warmed up with mochas there). On the way home we stopped at the Sacramento headwaters spring, always impressive to tourists. After lunch the girls stayed in to chat while I took Al to the Sisson museum, the fish hatchery, and up to Castle Lake. We all went out for dinner at Lily's.
On Tuesday (Halloween) the weather was perfect for a drive on Mount Shasta. The showers of Sunday and Monday had fallen as snow above 5000 feet and the snow-decorated scenery was beautiful as you can see in the photo linked below. We were still able to drive to the highest reaches of the road for spectacular snowy vistas. Down from the mountain we drove to McCloud for lunch and to show our visitors the hotel, dinner train, museum, lower falls and the quaint McCloud golf course.
Dunsmuir and Yreka were our destinations on Wednesday. We hit the Brown Trout gallery and Fly shop in Dunsmuir. The Victorian houses and the big antique shop were primary targets in Yreka. We ate lunch at "Grandma's" before returning home via old highway 99. We topped off our day of Siskiyou county high culture with dinner at The Trinity.
We departed early for Redding on Thursday, November 2 in order for Patty and Al to catch their 10:30 flight to San Franciso and then back home to Darien, Connecticut. We were sad to see them go and much appreciated the effort they had made to trek so far from the beaten path to be with us. We hope that the world-class trout streams that fly-fisherman Al admired will be added incentive for them to return.
Photos from the visit: