Cute little place - www.moonstonebistro.com . I had a Fruit and cheese platter with goat cheese and fresh peaches. For dinner I had a Filet Mignon which was local and cooked well. I had stopped and bought a bottle of champagne on my way up - Charles Heidsick French Champagne - it had the tightest bubbles - a delicious yeasty finish with a bright apple front.
Some people dont like to drink bubbles with red meat - but I lOVE it- really with anything I guess.
I stayed at Obrien Mountain Inn bed and breakfast in Shasta Lake. www.obrienmountaininn.com
Great location - right off the highway but still in the woods. A fountain right outside the room, A huge king bed, fireplace and jacuzzi tub. Woke up in the morning to french press coffee outside my door at 7 and at 8am a great breakfast in bed - Fresh squeezed mango/orange juice, fresh fruit with a lemon/pepper sauce and then a frittata with fresh mozzarella, artichokes red peppers. Also some local chicken sausage. WOW what a great way to start the day. I made my trek to Macarthur burney falls state park about 1.5 hours away. I got there and what a sight! Burney Falls was amazing! HUGE veil and so powerful. I also pulled off to one of the largest dams in the west. Reminded me of Hoover Dam.
Then off to do some spelunking! Lake Shasta Caverns - A walk down to the lake - a 25 minute boat ride, a 15 minute bus ride and there 12 of us were, on the top of a mountain about to go through the cave! It was 90 ish degrees outside and about 60 inside. It was very humid and spooky! Really a fun couple hours - then the 15 min bus ride down, and on the boat ride back I hear the motor go - rurururururrrr - dead. Doesnt restart. for 30 minutes. At least. It was hot - Really hot. my stomach was starting to eat itself. I didnt have lunch - this is the preamble to which could be a very bad ending. But my patience pulled through and an hour and a half later we were all rescued and I was on my way.
I drove north through Weed (yes a town named Weed) followed hwy 97 up to Klamath Falls - I checked into the Running Y Ranch Resort www.runningy.com
What a beautiful spot - I had my own cabin #13 - a full 2 bedroom with kitchen, deck and fountain out front. Really one of the best values of my entire trip. I went down to Wyatts (a restaurant at the resort) where I had a bottle of New Zealand Pinot Noir with some crab cakes that were nicely done and a wild king salmon dish with pineapple and balsalmic ( a different combo for sure) ambiance was just ok - service just ok and food just ok. HOnestly, this resort is a golf resort with an Arnold Palmer course. I looked around the room and was surrounded by men - lots of men. In golf shoes. For those of you that know me well, I love men in golf shoes. (this is why I worked at the country club so long - ha ha) THis story doesnt lead to anything exciting BUT all the single ladies - if you want to get a bunch of single women together and go golfing - go there. WOWZA. Anyway - the food was lousy so I wouldnt go back just for that reason.
The next day I went to Crater lake - read my previous post about this magical place.
The first couple days of this trip were really amazing and a ton of driving. Felt good to find some peace. and Quiet. tell you the rest tomorrow (and the best part)
- Yesterday, so far away -tomorrow so far to go