Come along… enjoy the ride!
“It is better to travel well than to arrive.” The Buddha
As a very young man I worked a summer picking prunes to buy my first car. It wasn’t much, just a ’50 Chevy coupe, but what it represented was the summation of those early dreams – freedom. To hit the road and explore the world. I swore that adventure would be the essence of my life. I think most of us shared a similar vision in the early years. A big part of it was the breaking of imagined oppressive bonds, defining ourselves, and illusionary self-discovery. But life went on as we stumbled into the repetitious cycle of making a living at the expense of having a life. This site is about living that dream. We are not destination oriented, but believe the friends you make on a road trip and the experiences you have are the gifts of travel. So, come join us, as we rediscover Northern California and perhaps a piece of ourselves.
Our starting point for exploring the Steens is the very small, historic town of Frenchglen. The reported population is twelve, but it does have a school, store, sometimes beer bar, usually fuel is available, and the historically registered Frenchglen Hotel. … Continue reading
I’ve previously mentioned that this is one of our favorite trips. Often the best places are the most difficult to reach, so sit back, breathe deep, and enjoy the Oregon ‘Outback’. Our starting point is Lakeview, Oregon traveling north on … Continue reading
Leaving Alturas heading north on Highway 395 you’ll travel along the west side of the Warner Mountains. A few miles out of Alturas is the turn off to Cedarville, Highway 299 – see the ‘Cedarville and Surprise Valley’ road trip … Continue reading
Cedarville and the Surprise Valley are located in the far northeast corner of California. Most travelers avoid this gateway to the Great Basin as, at least according to the all but most detailed maps, the road in appears lead nowhere. … Continue reading
This Road Trip Alturas adventure actually begins as you head out of Burney to the east at the intersection of Highways 89 and 299 and continues east to Alturas. Driving ahead some five miles you’ll pass over Hat Creek. Just … Continue reading
This Road Trip McCloud Mt. Shasta adventure begins at the intersection of Highways 89 and 299 heading north to Mt. Shasta. We travel this route frequently to avoid I-5 coming home from points north and Oregon. The real attraction is … Continue reading
The Road Trip Burney begins at Old Station, the intersection of highways 44 and 89. Highway 44 turns to the right and goes on to Susanville, which is covered in our Road Trip Susanville. Proceeding north on 89, just a … Continue reading
The starting point for Road Trip Old Station is Redding, Calif. This small city of some hundred thousand is the heart of far Northern California. Located at the upper end of the Sacramento Valley, it is surrounded by mountains with … Continue reading
We are starting our Road Trip Susanville from Old Station because this intersection ties into several other Road Trips on our site. You can go to our Road Trip Old Station to view the features to this point. Old Station … Continue reading