Monday, October 3, 2016

California: Mt Shasta & McCloud, Corning & Chico

It was a warm day on this drive up Highway A10 to the last parking lot/hiking trail at Mt Shasta.  At 14,110 feet, we were surprised at how much snow had melted for that altitude.

We enjoyed a picnic lunch then drove the 15 miles back to the town of Mt Shasta.

Our home-base was McCloud RV Park in the small community of McCloud.  Established around 1897, this small community still holds much of it's charm and unique personality.  As we strolled this old logging/farm store, now turned into small shoppes, we were regretting we only had the afternoon to explore this intriguing area.

This is a Corliss Steam Engine, built in 1903.  It powered a 2 band sawmill for 76 years.  The community was built on the logging industry and now it relies on tourism.

This old fire truck, with a ladder extension, caught our attention.

I found this unique folk art piece.

Moving southward, a stop in Corning, California at the Rolling Hills Casino and RV Park allowed us to catch up with our RVing friends, John and Suzanne.  They suggested we meet them in Chico to tour the Sierra Nevada Brewery and we have no problem with that!  We had no idea we were this close to the Brewery and we were happy to get in a tour.  When we were in Asheville of October 2014, we were about 2 or 3 weeks shy of missing the grand opening of their new Mills River Brewery location. 

Mixing artistic surroundings with the latest in brewing technology, old world brewing processes and streamlined energy conservation makes this Brewery fascinating.  The tour, which was quite educational, takes about 90 minutes to experience this huge facility and learn about their brewing process.

They even take you into the cold storage room specialized for the many varieties of
beer hops they use.

Sierra Nevada Brewery was extremely generous with their "end-of-tour" tasting options, allowing for 9 different beers and even giving us guests a couple of souvenirs.

Enjoying the brewery tour with RVing friends John and Suzanne makes the evening perfect.

Corning, Califorina is Olive Country.
It seems there are as many olive groves here as we see orange groves in Florida.  We visited the obligatory Olive Shoppes and Tasting Rooms, leaving with an assortment of flavored olive oils and balsamic vinegars to last us for a while...

Leaving Corning and moving south, we encounter the first rain we have seen since the end of July.  It is always amazing to us to see the changes in landscape as we cross this beautiful country.

We have eased on down the road to Vacaville, where we hope to explore the Napa Valley Wine Region and possibly get in a tour or two of San Francisco.
More Later.

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