Every summer, we looked forward to a nice and relaxing family vacation to get away from the everyday routine of school and work. This year, we decided to try out a road trip for the purpose of seeing the natural beauty of Northern California and Southern Oregon. In our 9-day journey, we plan to travel over 1,800 miles to visit Shasta Lake, Lassen Volcanic National Park, Crater Lake, the city of Portland, California Coast, Redwood National Forest plus playing a couple rounds of golf at Bandon Dunes.
8/14 - 8/15
We arrived at Redding, CA for our first leg of the trip. We were able to finally convince almost everyone in the Wang family to join us – grandpa, grandma, Kandy’s family, Cindy’s family plus in-laws, uncle Frank and auntie Amity. Altogether 13 adults and 3 kids, wow! Our first stop was Lake Shasta Cavern which was accessible by a 15-minutes boat ride plus another 10 minutes of bus ride. On the way, we learned that squirrels would throw the acorns in the middle of the road for the bus to crash the hard shells open - how clever! Inside the cave, it was cool and dark so it was quite a challenge for the little ones to stay calm. HanHan was a little nervous at first, but she quickly adapted to the new environment like a 2nd-grader should; I was so proud of her! The tour lasted about 40-45 minute while we walked and climbed stairs most of the time. We were especially proud of grandpa for keeping up with the group walking up and down. But he probably won’t be coming back anytime soon… :)
2nd day, we visited Lassen Volcanic National Park. It was a perfect day for hiking and picnicking by the summit lake. See the 3 waterbugs in the lake? The highlight of the trip was seeing a pot of boiling hot mud on the ground and smelling the sulphur in the air. Reminded us of how devastating a volcano can be when it’s alive!