Beautiful lake Whiskeytown in northern CA.

Whiskeytown Lake from the South Side

Whiskeytown lake in northen CA, in Shast county west of Redding CA. The water is blue, green, clearn and gorgeous.
Whiskeytown lake is beautiful and wonderful to swim in.

 

Finally, I managed to get to the lake and swim. I have been to this same spot a couple of times, but not yet this year. It is located on the South side of the lake, after you drive over the dam. I love this spot, the water reminds me of the sea.

Whiskey town lake is wonderful because no matter the drought, it will always be full and ready for activities, camping, boating, kayaking, skiing, sailing, or whatever activity you would like.

Below is Lily, my Mom’s dog, she loved the water, but not necessarily to swim. She never went any deeper than her stomach. We were at the beach for two hours and she did not sit once.

 

Lily a white lab and shepard mix enjoying the refreshing waters of Whiskeytown lake.
Lily enjoying Whiskeytown lake.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

upclose shot of the beautiful Whiskeytown lake with the bluish green water and at the very top of the pic in the distance you can see the mountrain range leading to Trinity county.
Beautiful Whiskeytown Lake, in Shasta county.

 

These pictures were taken on the south east side of the lake, it has a white sand and more granite.  Other parts of the lake can have red sand for instance.

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

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.

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Huge metal cooking pot looks rusted, and was part of the Olampoli estate.

Olampoli State Park, Highway 101, California

Pictured is a very old cement stairway to nothing, it's probably burned in the past.
Old stairway to a burned out building.

 

Olampoli State park is located right near the county lines of Sonoma county and Marin county.  This beautiful state park is just off the Highway 101 and isn’t far from San Francisco, or the nearby city of Santa Rosa, almost in the middle of these two cities.  Rolling hills and wine country could describe the area that surrounds Olampoli State Park.

 

 

 

 

 

This beautiful state park is so easy to miss off of highway 101 north of San Francisco south of Petaluma, CA. Believe it or not the rock band Grateful Dead lived here in 1966 and Janis Joplin has been known to have stayed here.

The grounds are amazing with beautiful old trees, gardens, an old fountain, and many historical signs explaining the history of the site. There are wild turkeys on the grounds also. If you prefer to just take a hike up the mountain you can do that too. There is also a huge Try Pot, which I included a picture about the history of this pot.

“The name “Olompali” comes from the Coast Miwok language and likely means “Southern village” or “Southern people”.

http://www.parks.ca.gov/default.asp?page_id=22728


 

 

 

 

 

 

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

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.

 

 

 

Save

Save

Save

Save