We were almost ready when they arrived, but it still took us over an hour to load their belonging inside “Ellie Mae”, put away a few last-minute items, hook up our tow vehicle, and give them both a “familiarization” tour.
And of course the mandatory pictures in front of the rigs as we readied for departure just before 9:30. With it being the weekend, no one was around to snap a picture of the four of us wearing our new shirts all together, and we did not want to mess with setting up the tripod. I’m hoping to getting a shot of all four of us together wearing our matching shirts before the end of the trip.
Our SURPRISE TRIP was underway!
In case you missed reading about the history of our surprise trips, you can read about them here.
The first day was primarily a travel day. And a long one it turned out to be. Wanting to get past the 1/2 point for our first official destination, we pushed on and finally arrived at our campground, just as darkness was setting in, around 8:00p.m.
Tim had selected another Army Corps of Engineers site overlooking Black Butte Lake. We are HUGE fans of their campsites. I almost hesitate to brag on them, as I sure don’t want them to get overly crowded. BUT, I will mention their manicured grounds, friendly camp hosts, scenic settings, clean restrooms with hot showers, and well-spaced campsites.
There is a boat ramp, but no hookups.
Oh, and the price can’t be any better. Over night was priced at $20.00, but with our Senior Pass, it was only $10.
Sunday morning we took time to briefly explore, snapped a couple of pictures, and after breakfast, got back onto the 5 Freeway, heading further north.
Driving past, we noted that Lake Shasta was full, healthy and has recovered from the dismal drought from just a couple of years ago.
Our first scheduled stop was to take a short hike to the vista point located in Castle Crags State Park, this area was the ancestral home of the Okwanuchu Shasta people. They believed that spirits took human forms to live in the rocks such as the Crags.
Our destination for the night was Howard Prairie Resort where we met up with my sister and brother-in-law, Jan and Mark.
Dinner followed at Green Springs Inn before we all crashed for the evening.
GRATITUDE MOMENT: Tonight I am grateful that we have the time and opportunity to be off on another road trip – this time sharing it with friends whom we have cherished for almost 30 years.