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California: More then just Beautiful people
Like most people when I use to think of California I would think of sexy movie stars and tropical beaches, but since traveling all over the state of California, I can honestly tell you it is so much more. It is orange groves, and mountains, wild rivers and old gold mines, it’s beaches on the ocean and along the lakes, California has true beauty none of which includes Hollywood or Malibu.
California has everything you would want in one state, warm sunny beaches, fresh water lakes, breathtaking mountains and field of sweet fruit. Forget LA, Forget Malibu and San Francisco northern California in Shasta Cascade is where the wealth of the state can be seen.
Shasta Cascade is in northern California it a large region surrounding the ShastaMountains consisting of many counties and small towns including Redding famous for it’s sundial bridge. Fresh water trickles down the mountains create grand rivers like the Sacramento River and many others helping to provide most of California fresh water.
In ShastaCounty you can find old towns from the gold rush, one of the most famous can be found near Red Bluff at The William B. Ide Adobe State Historic Park. If you visit expect more then just sights get ready to get your hands dirty by helping with chores and demonstrations, find out what it was really like during the gold rush.
If you’re desiring something totally unique and fantastic the field of lava are certainly a fantastic place to visit. You can see the lavas springs located in Fall River Mills. With views of snow covered mountains and much nature to explore this place is so cool. What makes this place even cooler, is that it is only accessible by boat.
Speaking of boats have you ever considers renting a house boat, if you can afford it this is a totally cool adventure. Because there are so many rivers and lakes all connecting to one another you can rent one of these house boats and sail your way around heaven for a week or two. Seeing Shasta by boat has got to be one of the most rewarding ways to see this beautiful scenery.
Another really cool place is the Shasta caverns, the caverns are like something out of a movie. You really have to see it to know what I mean. After a boat ride across Shasta lake and a short tour bus ride you begin you descend into the cool dark of the cavern. You find your self surrounded by walls of limestone and marble, the stalagmites are unreal it’s like walking into another world. This was defiantly one of my favourite places to see.
Through out Shasta you will find small towns like old WhiskeyTown, and many dams to visit. Tones of waterfalls can be found in and around, and for hikers you can climb the falls at Whiskey town or through the Ishi Wilderness. This unique low elevation wilderness is crisscrossed with ridgelines, dotted with caves, marked by lava pillars and branded by basalt rock formations. The area include many different types of animal life both big and small so be careful. Another hikers paradise is through the rugged wilderness to FeatherFalls, FeatherFalls is one of the biggest falls in the country. And don’t forget you can hike practically anywhere around ShastaMountains, just be careful.
Other places to see and visit include the many museums and historic parks through out the many counties. See the sundial bridge in Redding and the beautiful gardens surrounding turtle bay, there is also a museum and restaurant there. There is also a water park in Redding and lots of great shopping. Go to a wild horse sanctuary in shingle town and see horses in there natural environment.
California has so much more to offer then just fancy people and hot beaches, it has wonder and beauty and fantastic history. It’s rich with an abundance of nature not seen anywhere else. You don’t have to spend a lot to enjoy this part of the country either, the nature scenery is just enough so camping out in these part are perfect. See California in a whole new light, you may never leave.
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