05-07-2005 Mother’s Day at Castle Crags

Transcribed from our old leather journal on June 14, 2018

We left Klamath at 4pm heading for Castle Crags near Dunsmuir on Interstate 5.  We arrived shortly after 6:30 to the State Park.  Camped in site #38.  The upper loop was closed and the lower loop was too close to the freeway. 

That is the only real drawback to this campground.  The freeway I-5 is very close by.  Our spot was one reserved for RV’s so was fairly level with the door opening out to a pretty meadow and a great view of the oak-pine-fir forest out the bedroom window.  We leveled a bit, settled, in, and I made soup and cheese sandwiches.

After dinner we walked up to the Vista Point.  About a mile of steep winding road that was restricted to RV’s.  Seemed like a lot of up!  We went to the Vista Point but it was too cloudy to see any of the view.  We skipped a fire and cozied up in bed with books and a good night’s sleep.

On Saturday we woke to a rainy morning so we had a great bacon and egg breakfast, and a slow and peaceful morning.  I finally knitted a scarf for Shera and Mo helped unravel and wind yarn.  Finally at 11:00 AM it was clear enough that we decided to take a hike. 

Followed the river trail for about 6 miles overall, 1.5 miles from the Riverside Day use area to the end and then looping back past the store and the campground trail to the north.  Beautiful hike along the Sacramento River.

Fritos, cheese, and wine while we put up the awning and set out the chairs and table and we just enjoyed the meadow for the rest of the afternoon.

Mo built a nice big fire and we baked potatoes and steak and veggies.  Great dinner.  After dinner we went down to the 1 mile Indian Creek loop for another lovely hike, but then the rain started.

We turned on the generator and watched Good Morning Viet Nam while it poured down rain and we slept great all night to the sound.

On Sunday, Mother’s Day, it never stopped raining all night and was still pouring at 10:30 AM.  We cooked another good breakfast, and turned on the generator again to watch Fried Green Tomatoes.  Probably won’t be doing much outside today since it is so incredibly wet. 

We are having a little bit of leakage on the rear passenger window by the bed.  Hopefully we have isolated it.  Not a bed weekend, even with the rain.  We had a good time, good hikes, and were very comfortable in the MoHo.

Author: kyotesue

Soil scientist/mapper working for 35 years in the wild lands of the West. I am now retired, enjoying my freedom to travel, to hike without a shovel and a pack, to knit and quilt and play, to play with photography and write stories about all of it.

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