Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Over the river, and through the woods...

Grandpas house...
Below Mount Lassen

What a great weekend!

Well, it was just Dad and the girls (minus Michelle) taking a trip to Hat Creek, California to visit my grandpa. Grandpa has been living up in the hills for ever and ever. Grandpa has had alot of health problems over the last few years, and we've really been wanting to get up to see him. My Dad drove, and I rode up front just like I said I would. Stef got in the back, and the proceeded to stretch out along the back seat and drift off to sleep...Hi, I'm Shelby, and I'm stupid, just a bit jealous there! SO, anyways, I slept upright and dad drove.
We managed to make a 6-7 hour trip about 8 hours, which my dad seemed surprisingly relaxed about. There was McDonalds (bathroom), Gas station bathroom, Rest stop bathroom, Starbucks, lunch at a mall, and finally we hit Redding. Redding is 80 miles from Hat Creek, but my dad wanted to show us the Sundial Bridge. It's a bridge that's a giant sundial...get it! You can tell time with the bridge, which was surprisingly accurate by the way.



Handsome Dad on the bridge over the Sacramento river.


The floor of the bridge is glass, very cool.


We got to grandpas and the first thing he did was grab his lawn chairs so that we could sit with him and watch the interstate traffic go by. It's his favorite passtime.


Chatting. Check out the cute house.

Grandpa had a lot of great stories to tell us, stuff we had never even heard about before. Every morning he was the first up, and all kinds of chatty. Did I mention he was up VERY early?


This is Birney Falls, not far from his house. Part of the river runs underground...you can see it pouring out of the walls of the canyon. It was SUPER COOL!

This is my friend Bob. He tried to snuggle up to my sister, but she wasn't having any of that. Bob is a great swimmer, and a touch shy. Watch the video at the bottom of this page to see me making friends with Bob.

Just pretty
Hiking around the falls.

I went exploring the super cool lava mountains while dad and Stef stayed safe on the ground. Chickens. Thats all lava beds under their feet.


Shelby the snake hunter

4 comments:

Stefanie said...

Haha, I slept. Well so you don't feel too jealous, i fit on the bench because I'm short. So there you go. Also...it was the sundial bridge. Sundials tell time, compasses tell direction, but I'm not particular. He He...love you sissy!!

The Coleman Family said...

We LOVE the Sundial Bridge. It's one of our favorite spots in Redding. We go there about every-other weekend!!

Amber Staub said...

Girl, are you crazy? Stay away from the snake. It's funny how Bob keeps swimming right back to you. I love your Grandpa's quaint house.

greg.stacey.jonas said...

What a great house! Fun to sit with your grandpa. Jealous!