Northern Cali 2018


Back from another trip to visit Dan’s family in California.  First stop was Grandma Jane’s, which was uncomfortably close to the Carr fire near Kelly’s house in Redding.  Smoke…thick smoke and haze pretty much sums up the weather the entire time.  The power went out a few times, which was a bit concerning but we were totally fine, safe and WITH each other which was most important on this trip.  Grandma Jane with her three handsome boys.  Gunner, Sam, Dan.


Gunner has grown so much since we saw him last at nine months old.  We walked into Kelly’s house the first night and he ran up to Sam and gave him the biggest, best hug ever.  Made Kelly and I tear up.  I hope that even though we live far way, these cousins will be close and love each other no matter what.



Lots of pictures in this post that included lots of time at the river, walking the creek for blackberries, just hanging out together and our adventures….




Deer Lick Springs with Dan’s cousin Warren who happened to be in town the exact same time.  We haven’t seen him in so long and we don’t know when we’ll see him again.  I’m so glad he and Dan got to chat so much.



Cousins.  Dan, Warren and Kelly


Swam in the pool at the Indian Creek Lodge and Cafe, which is where Jane works several nights a week.  Chef’s food there is SO, so good!  What you can’t see is the thick wall of smoke right behind us this day 😦


Grandma Jane has THE best old juicer.  Her orange grapefruit juice is all time delicious!  I look forward to it every summer.


Another afternoon at the river.  It was pretty smoky this day as well.  Dan and Kelly jumped off there a few times.  The water was COLD…perfect for Dan 😉 Oh, and we saw a huge bear right there behind them walking along the bank.  Had to of been 400-500lb black bear.  I was nervous, Sam was stoked!




These boys played and played and played together. Two years old and Eight years old.




Besides playing with Gunner, this was his favorite part about being at Jane’s.  The sit mower!  I’m pretty sure they drove it a few times a day, everyday.


And another day on the river.  Happy to meet friends Keri, Pete and their kids for some time to play.


That water.  It’s just SO, so pretty!





Jane, Dan, Sam and I hiked up the river a bit to Little Paradise to check things out.  It’s beautiful up there. I’m sad Jane fell and slipped on a rock and hurt her knee pretty bad, so she was out of commission for any hikes or river stuff the rest of the time.  I hope it starts to feel better soon, Jane!



I’m always the one taking pics and video but I did jump off a few times up there.  The water was so nice!


Super yummy dinner at the Cafe with Warren and Nancy, Jane’s sister.  Hi Gunner and Kelly!


Warren, Dan, Liz, Sam, Nancy, Kelly, Gunner and Jane


Hanging by the river right behind the Cafe.  The blackberries along here are SO big and sweet!





This may be our Christmas card this year.  Some of you may remember we took this same photo back in 2016 and was on our card 😉

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Thank you Jane for such a good time.  We can’t wait for next year already!


Onto Grandpa Mike’s in Mt. Shasta.  It was smoky…really smoky.  The first day was OK but two days later was really, really bad and we decided to leave a day early, which just left us feeling sad but we knew we needed to.  Hoping for MORE time there next year.  I’m pretty sure Mike doesn’t appear to age…like, at all 😉

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Drove up higher to escape some of the smoke.  A little hike to see the mountain.



One shuttle ride and that was it…crazy since that’s a majority of what we do there.


Mike’s backyard is the Best.



The day after we arrived, we did one of our favorite rides.  This makes three times for Dan and I riding the Deadfall Meadows- Sisson Callahan trail.  Last time we hike-a-biked all the way up to Mt. Eddy, these other two times we just went to the saddle and headed down the 4,500 foot decent.  It’s one of those all time rides we have to do if we have the time.  Thanks Mike and Sam for dropping us off.

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It’s mostly hiking your bike with some pedaling to get to the saddle.  It’s not that long, about 1 hr and 10mins to climb.  I forgot how steep it gets pretty much right after the first meadow, yeeewww!  You can’t tell from this pic, but it was STEEEEEP.

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But the views…so good.  And, the smoke was better up here.  Still bad, but better up higher.


Upper Deadfall Lake.  Just past this is a steep push to the saddle.


Made it!  Felt totally great and ready for the LONG downhill.  On this particular ride, the downhill is harder for me than the uphill since it’s just so long.



The end of the ride takes us right to Lake Siskyou where we met these two.  They rode 10 miles around the lake while we were out, w00t!

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Grandpa has an old truck that Sam LOVES.  Took a ride from the lake and out to dinner.  HE was in heaven.  Seriously loves that old thing.

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And I’m not sure just how many games of darts they played, but it was A LOT.  Smoke outside…let’s play darts inside


Three generations.  I take this picture every year.  Dan and Mike don’t seem to change, but Sam has just grown like a weed!  Thank you Mike for such a fun time, despite the smoke.  See you out here in September!  LOVE YOU.

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