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because we keep talking about actually getting out of Oakland for a while... 
10th-May-2006 11:53 am
ohh shiny
Hey, spiritualmonkey — when we finally get around to replacing the car stereo, here's a $30 gadget that lets you play MP3s through the car stereo.
11th-May-2006 12:17 am (UTC)
Short road trip, or extended? I was just wondering if you had suggestions for "short" road trips (2-4 hour drives). Been thinking about the lower gold country for my next, but, eh, it's probably deathly hot there by now.
11th-May-2006 04:30 pm (UTC)
Probably short at first — up to the gold country or near Shasta or somewhere like that. I've got lots of articles I've clipped from Via magazine and Sunset to help with the planning. "Ooh, the new bridge in Redding sounds neat — let's go see it. Or hey, how about the underground orchard in Fresno? I've wanted to see that for ages."

We also really want to go camping in Henry W. Coe State Park some time reasonably soon. According to what I've read, most people stick with the car camping areas, so if you're willing to hike any distance at all with your gear, you can find a nice place to camp without anyone else nearby.
13th-May-2006 01:57 am (UTC)
When I asked around on eGullet, Hwy 49 was highly recommended (although the food along there is the rit$$y kind that I don't tend to go for). I wasn't sure exactly where to go out there, though, and the B&Bs seem more expensive than Napa ones do.

Ah, the bridge in Redding. Redding itself was kind of nice: a quaint little town undergoing growth pains. It reminded me a bit of Pinole, but without the condos. The bridge itself was.. disappointing. I wouldn't go just for that. It is lit from underneath, but the glass is so thick that you can barely see the light through it. Fun for about twenty minutes. There was an arboretum across the bridge scheduled to open in March of either this year or last, so that might add something. And Shasta dam is kind of cool (even if the security guards tend to hassle people). There are some mines nearby, too, but it was snowing when I was there, and I had no chains...

Underground orchard? Hmm...
15th-May-2006 06:53 pm (UTC)
The bridge itself was.. disappointing. I wouldn't go just for that. It is lit from underneath, but the glass is so thick that you can barely see the light through it. Fun for about twenty minutes.

Really? Phoo. I'd like to take spiritualmonkey up the valley Chico-wards, but don't really have any reason/excuse to do so. The bridge sounded like it might be possible.

"So why not just take him to see Chico?" you ask? If that's the only purpose of the trip, I think I'm likely to wind up depressed. I think my emotions would be divided between "God, I hated it here, I'm so glad I got out" and "the few things I did like are gone, or changed beyond recognition". Plus I haven't been back there since probate closed on my mother's estate, so it'd be emotionally fraught on that front, too.


bff2112 was suggesting Boulder Creek as a possible camping destination.
18th-May-2006 02:34 am (UTC)
Well -- I didn't mean to dissuade you. The area between Redding and McCloud is very beautiful, and there are lots of side trips (Shasta Dam, Whiskeytown, etc). Just don't go with the bridge as your primary objective or you'll be disappointed like I was. There are some nice, if pricy, B&Bs in McCloud, and if camping is your wont, there are lots of campgrounds around Shasta Lake.

If you do go to Redding, Jack's Grill gets lots of recs, but you have to go early, and I didn't find the steak to be all that amazing. Chu's Too, though, was a fabulous Chinese place. It didn't seem like it would be (fried wontons with dipping sauce came out first and the only chopsticks they had were takeout ones), but I loved both dishes I tried there. The Mexican place next door to it is stuffy and way overpriced ($12 for one enchilada??).
13th-May-2006 03:29 pm (UTC)
And -- thanks! I did not know that Via had online archives. Very useful.
11th-May-2006 05:16 pm (UTC)
Arrgghh! Speaking of road trips...
We have forgotton to ask you all if you can kitty-sit while WE go an a road trip... Yeah, gotta go to Flipside, leaving the 20th, coming back the 3rd of June...
Can you?
I promise, oh swear by all that is Holey, to leave BETTER constructions for the DVD player!

Such short notice, we have been very distracted by Other Things...
LIke losing the house...
11th-May-2006 06:34 pm (UTC)
I'll check with Pirate just to be sure, but I think we should be able to do that, no problem.

We've both been sending "DON'T MAKE THEM MOVE!!!!" thoughts in your landlords' general direction.
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