Friday, September 12, 2014


We loved Tranquila, our 2012 International Serenity Airstream. 
The Airstream Life in Morro Bay, CA
Our first night in Tranquila at Wine Country RV Resort

Sadly, we have have decided to sell Tranquila to focus more on our remodel, as well as, our sailing lifestyle. Tranquila has all the goodies; Three Striped Awnings, A Queen Bed with Memory Foam in the Rear for Optimal Privacy and Views, 2 Flat Screen TV's, Stereo, Air-conditioning and Heat, 2 factory Installed Solar Panels (gotta have), a separate shower used 2 times, and lots more.
Living/Dining Area
More Galley
Bath with natural Lighting
Separate Shower used twice
 Best Spot in the Trailer
Comfy, Private, Bedroom with Privacy View.
 2002 Ford Expedition Tow Vehicle - could be for sale
Airstream Life is Grand.
Tranquila sold to a fun loving couple from Santa Cruz 
and she will be happily spending her summers in Montana.

Thursday, September 4, 2014


Still majestic, but with rapid melting of her glaciers she looks stark and bare.
Naked Mt Shasta, a startling reality of California's drought.
Mt Shasta, McCloud August 2014
Mt Shasta, McCloud August 2012
 Snow or no snow, she's a beauty.
Fowler's Falls
We got a cozy spot at Fowler's, but the afternoon sun was really hot. Good for the solar, but not for us. Moved to a nice shady spot…too close to the latrines. Space number 3, was the charm. Shady and private. At 6pm some guy fired up his chainsaw and started craving up trees for firewood. I went and talked to him, but there was no talking to him. Creeped me out. Next morning at 7am he was at it again. Camphost had little impact, so we pulled up stakes and moved to Dance Country across from downtown McCloud. We LOVE McCloud. A perfect little place.
Dance Country, McCloud. 1950 or 2014?
The day before Labor Day, all was quiet and peaceful. 
We left early the next day to beat the crowds.
McCloud Cuteness.
McCloud was a lumber town, it has wonderful old houses that are being renovated, colorful flowers grow everywhere, folks are friendly, and several wonderful Inns. The drinking water that comes from Shasta is The Best!  There is just something special about the place that pulls you in and makes you feel all warm and fuzzy. At least it does for me, and Darrell too. Unfortunately, everyone is very concerned about the effects of the drought. Lake Siskiyou, our favorite swimming place, is way down. McCloud Reservoir very low. Lake Shasta is tragic. 

Lake Siskiyou "beach" with Shasta in the background. 
Two years ago we rented a boat here for Darrell's birthday. 
This year some parts of the lake are nothing more than mud flats.
I could not bring myself to photograph anymore of the surrounding lakes.
 McCloud town center
Clever lumberjack sculpture
Carved lumberjack at the local museum.

No trip to McCloud is complete for us without the 12 mile trip Shasta City for tacos.
Poncho & Lefkowitz, what a great stop.
 Spark didn't even get crumbs.
By the looks of the license plates - including Baja - 
we are the only ones that travel for hours to get here. 
Of course, it's a local favorite as well.

We'll be back!
If you want to see more pictures of the Shasta area, including more water, 
you can click back to 2012 postings.

Monday, September 1, 2014


Seeing double on the west side of Lake Almanor.

It was about time that we ventured beyond our backyard. It had been 2 years since we had spent time up near Shasta and decided to head north. The last time we stayed at Lake Almanor en route north, we had a cramped site in a marina on the busier east side. This time, we pulled in and hooked-up and paid our $11.00 for a night before we realized that just around the corner was dry-camping with much more privacy. That would have been our preference. Next time. About 30 minutes after settling in another International Airstream (28') pulled up next to us. A couple from SoCal who spends each summer up here.
 I thought Darrell would love clamping at a marina….WRONG!
Space #15! No Joke!

After that, Almanor was not big on our list, but this time we changed our minds and look forward to the next time we take the 50 mile trip up Highway 89. Since it is so close to us, we decided to keep moving towards Shasta. We took the long way, up 8,500 feet, to the observatory site at Mt Lassen National Park. The park is huge and we left a lot of it for a later return, but WOW! what we did see was amazing. The magnitude of the Park's breathtaking raw beauty was impossible for me to capture in my photographs, but here are my futile attempts.
Me and Spark, and the Big Egg perched precariously on a high cliff. Tiny specs are we.
Mt Lassen
The scenery was incredibly varied; lots of switchbacks, volcanic peaks, green and yellow vegetation, blue lupine, blue sky,water falls and streams, craggy peaks, all splendid. You gotta GO! The National Park System has done an remarkable job of creating well thought out pullouts, viewing areas, hiking areas, educational information, and tent camping. However, the RV camping around the lower lakes was a bit too dense for us.
Each view is staggering.
Mt Lassen at lower levels has lots of streams from snow runoff.
Fall was in the air, clear skies, cooler temps, and an abundance of fall colors.
GPS Station, the cell reception was exceptional at the lookout.
Happy Travelers.