via Mt Shasta
11.07.2015 - 11.07.2015 25 °C
We left Bend thinking that the worst of the mountain drives were behind us - wrong again. Interstate 5 to Mt Shasta (the town not the mountain) had some of the worst section we had seen. We should not have been surprised as we were going very close to the 14,179' Mount Shasta!
Alexis' flat-mate Corby had suggested we stop at the City Park in Mt Shasta (his home-town). We did, and found the headwaters of the 700 km Sacramento River at a spring bubbling out of the rocks in a corner of the park - the water tasted very good. We then found the main street and the charming Village Books that had a good espresso bar and excellent books
We did not come down to near sea-level until Redding (564') which meant we'd been above 3,000' for over 3 weeks and much of that time above 5,000' - I hadn't realised how high the High Desert was through Idaho and Oregon and hadn't realised how big the Cascade Range is
Corby's other suggestion was to stay at the Rolling Hills Casino in Corning. My cousin had also suggested staying at casinos, so we thought "let's give it go". The excellent room was only US$114 and included a really good all-you-can-eat breakfast. There was no pressure to use the casino but they did give us $20 worth of vouchers to use in the slot-machines (which we later managed to turn into $7.90 cash in 2 minutes). We were a bit worried what we would find for dinner in the Casino Buffet but there were loads of freshly-cooked vegetables, and great desserts for only $16 a head (again, all-you-can-eat). It was a strange evening but actually pretty good, although I don't think we would do it again