Pussyfooting AroundWestward Ho, Day 36: Arcata, CA, to Redding, CA
After spending the past couple of days hobnobbing with ancient giants on the left coast, it was time for us to start heading toward Georgia. The Trinity River Scenic Byway, better known as California Highway 299, offered just the route we needed. Meandering alongside the Trinity River, the 299 crosses over the coastal mountain range and winds its way through two national forests as it moves from the Pacific coast to the state's central valley.
|Blue Lake Cemetery|
Recreational opportunities from fly fishing to white water rafting abound along the Trinity River, but on this cool day with highs in the mid-40s, there were few takers. Thus when we arrived at the Big Flat river access point, where we had a picnic lunch, we had the place to ourselves. This tranquility provided an ideal opportunity to leave behind the letterbox we brought to plant in California.
|Quite a departure from granite and Douglas firs|
|Asleep on the job|
Often leading the rest of the country in trends of one kind or another, California enacted a menu labeling law several years ago, requiring chain restaurants to detail the nutritional information, including calorie counts, of items offered on their menus. A federal law passed in the meantime has affected enforcement of the California legislation, but some chains continue to abide by the requirements. And, as we learned when we went to dinner this evening at Olive Garden, those counts can come as quite a surprise.
|What are they putting in this food?|
Tomorrow we'll return to I-5 and a trip to Sacramento to visit the California Capitol. We probably will not be having lunch at an Olive Garden after our tour of the statehouse.
More Photos from Today
|CA-299 through Weaverville|
|Jack, putting in a little overtime|