Highway 29, Calistoga to Middleton, California

This is off of Highway 29 heading from Alexander Valley Road, Calistoga to Middleton. This is one of the more curvy mountain roads, in northern California. At the top of the mountain is the Robert Lewis Stevenson State Park. Supposedly on a clear day from the peak you can see Mt. Shasta!

Robert Louis Stevenson State Park is the place where the famous author of Treasure Island and Kidnapped spent his honeymoon in 1880. Although nothing remains of Stevenson’s cabin, the site is identified on the trail to the summit.

http://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=472

 

 

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Old Historic Tower House District, French Gulch, Shasta County

Historically, this was known as a stop over for people heading east and west via the old 299 route.  An old neighbor once told my dad, that hat he used to stop for a bed, meal and shower, all for only $3.00.  The man used to run sheep from Cottonwood to Hayfork back in the early 1900’s.  I imagine that back then  it took days to travel that distance with sheep and no automobiles.

Also this was land of the Wintu native Americans.  It is a beautiful little valley where two creeks converge.  There are open pastures, and mountains on all sides, and lots of trees.

view of highway 299

 

This is the view (the photo to the right) as you are standing in front of the house.  Beyond the fence is highway 299 and also a creek, there are two creeks which converge on this historic location.  That is part of the attraction of this little park.  It also has picnic tables, a walking bridge or two, and you can continue hiking back to the historic mining areas.  

Walking bridge.

 

This photograph is of the walking bridge.  The views are spectacular in all directions here.
As you cross the  creek and head back towards where the direction of the old mines are, you can see a barn and another house is to the left of it.

 

 
old rock oven and stove
This is a beautiful little valley with two creeks, and mountains protecting the sides.  It’s no wonder the native Americans lived here.

 

Information about the toll bridge.

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Picture of the dial part of the Sundial bridge looking up, sleek white dial with bridge lines, and the bright blue sky and not one cloud, shining light of the sun from the left.

Sundial Bridge over the Sacramento River, Shasta County

 

The Sundial Bridge is always a favorite to visit and explore for locals and visitors.  The Turtle Bay Sundial Bridge is a wonderful walking bridge landmark designed by Santiago Calatrava.  You can visit his website here.   There are only a few bridges in the United States and the residents of Shasta county are very fortunate to have this monumental piece of architecture.
The Sundial Bridge is a must see if you are passing by on Interstate 5 by Redding in Shasta county.  The bridge is over the Sacramento river, which does not begin in Sacramento, but up in Shasta county.  In addition to this wonderful feat of architecture, the Sundial Bridge is located in the middle of a beautiful arboretum and a wildlife museum and exploration park.

The bridge is very well designed, and is an actual sundial.

Beautiful picture of pink flowers in the foreground and in the background the SunDial part of the Sundial bridge in Redding, CA, blue sky and white mistly clouds.
Beautiful arboretum on the east side of the Sundial Bridge. In the background you can see the dial part of the bridge. The shadow casts on the pillars telling the time.
Beautiful puple flowers and greenery, with the trails through the arboretum, pictured in the background a bright blue sky and the dial part of the bridge which cast a shadow on to short pillars on the ground around the dial, which tells you what time it is, according to the shadow.
Pretty purple flowers from the arboretum at the Turtle Bay Exploration Park and the Sundial Bridge.
Picture of the Sundial bridge from the north part of the river, you can see the large sundial and the bridge spanning over the wide Sacramento river.
Pictured is the Sacramento river looking at the Sundial bridge from the north.
Pictured is the Sacramento river directly under the Sundial Bridge, you can see the architecture, and the bridge appears very long from this angle. The brdige casts a shadow over the river.
Below the Sundial walking bridge over the Sacreamento river, in northern California. Lots of people have seen this view when fishing.

 

 

 

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Beautiful panoramic photograph of a winter sunset at the wetlands in northen California, Llano Seco, Upper Butter Basin Wildlife.

Llano Seco, Upper Butte Basin Wildlife Area

Llano Seco sunset last February, wetlands in Upper Butter Basin Wildlife.
Llano Seco Sunset, Wetlands.

From Interstate 5 in northern California, there are a few Wildlife areas, which are very pristine. These historic natural wetlands formed from runoff from the Sacramento river and Butte Creek.  Located in Butte and Glenn counties, the Upper Butte Basin Wildlife Area is a sight to see.

 

 

Beautiful clouds and sunset on the wetlands of Llano Seco, seven mile road.
Sunset at Llano Seco wetlands.

I was passing by the Llano Seco around sunset.  I went to see Storm Large at the Laxson Auditorium, at Chico State. She rocks!  Look up her website. She sings with Pink Martini also. They have a song, called Veronique. Storm Large

Pictured a sunset from last February.  Lnano Seco was beautiful that evening. There is a boarded walkway out that you can walk out on and get a good view of the wetlands, panoramic also.

Lots of water, birds, and beautiful sunsets at the Upper Butter Basin Wildlife area, Llano Seco, wetlands.
Beautiful sunset at Llano Seco.

This is one of the finest wetland habitats in northern California.  Below is a link to the Dept of Fish and Wildlife, with maps and much more details about the Wildlife area.

Upper Butter Basic Wildlife Area, California

 

 

 

 

Beautiful close up of the sun behind the clouds and the red reflection on the water, with the trees in the middle, at Llano Seco, CA.
Beautiful Sunset and reflection at Llano Seco.

It’s a great place for bird watching, there are many species of birds. There are so many birds to see, here are just a few.  There are pelicans, hawks, eagles, falcons, cuckoo, sparrows, cranes, herons, starlings, swallows, larks, blackbirds, and so many more I won’t list.  Go to the website, and look at the pdf file, Bird Checklist.  There are so many they need a check list.

 

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