Today we went to Whiskeytown Nation Park. It is only 6 or 7 miles from Redding and it has a really nice lake and many miles of hiking trails. We took the truck a few miles up a gravel road & then hiked in to Brandy Creek falls. It was a really pretty hike & there was a series of four or five waterfalls. The kids had a lot of fun floating wood down the creek & falls. We saw a few saladmanders/geckos/newt/we really don't know what they were :) and found some ENORMOUS pine cones. The largest ones were probably at least 15 inches long!! After our hike we had a picnic by the lake and then went back to the hotel for a swim in the pool. It hit 43C/109F here again today and we were thinking we haven't seen a single cloud in the sky in the four days we've been here. It's definitely a great place for those who like the sun.
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