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RiverCat Journal: Highway 99

Posted by on April 3, 2012

Current Venue:  Redding, CA
Campground:  Sacramento River RV Park

Day Trip:  Chico, CA and Highway 99 (via Sacramento to Redding)

I wish I’d been able to snap some photos of scenic Highway 99, but today was a race for time.  Jeepers gets about 4-5 hours on medication before he wakes up and becomes a terror and, even though the drive is less than 3 hours from Sacramento to Redding, I knew I might spend close to 2 hours at the poker club in Chico.  That’s exactly what happened.  I had a nice win there and proceeded to make it back just as Jeeps was getting wound up.

Highway 99 was a real treat, however.  It’s a spacious, easy-going drive through a rich agricultural area.  It’s all orchards, hundreds and hundreds of orchards. Relaxing.  I don’t know what it is, but seeing these perfectly spaced rows of trees seem magical somehow — like you just want to become a child again and play hide-and-seek.

If I had had the opportunity to take some pictures, I couldn’t rightfully tell you what we were looking at, as only some of these varieties are just now starting to bud.  I wish I’d at least stopped at one of the many fruit stands and inquired.  I do know, however, that some of this area is famous for walnuts.

It’s looking like a future day trip…


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