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Comfort Inn Hotel in Redding

Posted by on Oct 5, 2015 in Redding, Travel | 0 comments

 We stayed as a guest of the hotel After spending the day exploring the beautiful Lassen Volcanic National Park, we drove into the neighboring town of Redding to stay the night at the Comfort Inn Hotel. The hotel is centrally located in the city of Redding and is just a short drive away from Turtle Bay Park, Sundial Bridge, and The Lassen Volcanic National Park. When we checked into the hotel, we were exhausted from all of the fun we had during the day. We got our keys to the room, and then immediately walked next door to have a late night dinner at the local Marie Callender’s. The Marie Callender’s is conveniently located next door to the hotel and is a great family-friendly place to dine while staying in the area. Upon completion of our dinner, we walked...

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The Amazing Shingletown Totem Pole

Posted by on Oct 1, 2015 in Redding, Travel | 0 comments

  Once we left the Lassen Volcanic National Park on our way to spend the night in Redding, the first thing we spotted was the Shingletown Totem Pole. The kids were the ones who spotted it first from the backseat of the car and shouted for me to turn around to check it out. It looked just like a real Totem Pole, and the kids immediately jumped out of the car to explore it once I pulled over to the side of the road. We had no idea what town we were in until learning later on the trip that we were in Shingletown or what the Totem Pole represented – all we knew was that it was amazing to see in real-life!! After doing some research upon getting home from our family road trip, we learned that in...

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Hiking Around Manzanita Lake

Posted by on Oct 1, 2015 in National Parks, Redding, Travel | 0 comments

  Before leaving the Lassen Volcanic National Park to head into Redding for the evening, we enjoyed watching the sunset while hiking around Manzanita Lake. The lake is one of the most beautiful lakes to spend quality time with your family. It is also a popular place for families to camp when visiting the National Park, kayak, and fish. The lake was formed 350 years ago from glaciers and flourishes with wildlife. While walking around the lake, it was quiet and peaceful. My kids enjoyed looking at the abundance of birds in the trees and the reflection of Mount Lassen on the crystalline water. The hike is easy and perfect for children of all ages. While hiking around the lake, your family will see streams, plants, and animals. The hike took our family about one hour, and sunset was...

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Hot Rock in the Lassen Volcanic National Park

Posted by on Sep 30, 2015 in National Parks, Redding, Travel | 0 comments

  If you were not looking for it, then you could easily drive right past the Hot Rock in the Lassen Volcanic National Park. While at the visitors center, the guide had recommended that we stop to see this beautiful wonder while driving through the National Park. The Hot Rock is a giant piece of dacite lava that once filled the Lassen Peak’s volcano crater. The volcano blasted in May of 1915, and this giant rock came down the mountainside. The hot rocks touched off a snow avalanche, and the avalanche carried this 300-ton rock five miles from Lassen Peak. It has been said that the rock was first seen still sizzling forty hours after it ejected from the volcano crater. The rock was beautiful, smooth and massive. It was a great educational experience for our kids to witness...

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Bucket List Travel Experience: The Bumpass Hell Trail

Posted by on Sep 30, 2015 in Featured, National Parks, Redding, Travel | 1 comment

  The entire reason I wanted to plan a stop in Redding during our summer road trip was to take the kids hiking on the Bumpass Hell Trail. Thanks to the internet, my travel bucket list has continued to grow because of people sharing pictures of magical places to visit around the world. When I saw someone post a picture of this trail a couple of years ago, I couldn’t wait to bring my kids to witness the incredible geothermal activity along this trail. The Bumpass Hell Trail is located inside of the Lassen Volcanic National Park (hence all the volcanic activity seen along the trail) and just a short drive away from Redding. When we arrived at the National Park, I stopped at the visitors center to get a map and find out more information about the trail....

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The Enchanting Emerald Lake

Posted by on Sep 29, 2015 in National Parks, Redding, Travel | 0 comments

  While driving through the Lassen Volcanic National Park, we couldn’t help but stop to admire the gorgeous Emerald Lake. The lake was one of the most beautiful lakes that I have ever seen in my lifetime, and I was mesmerized by the sparkles from the sun glistening on the emerald green water. We parked our car along the side of the road, and we took our time walking around the lake and admiring the beautiful landscape. While we were there, there were other families kayaking and swimming in the lake, while other families were picnicking along the edge of the water. My kids changed into their swimsuits and had one of the most magical swims of their lifetime in the beautiful water. The water was warm and rich with sea life. There were logs for the kids to...

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Sulphur Works Trail in the Lassen Volcanic National Park

Posted by on Sep 29, 2015 in National Parks, Redding, Travel | 0 comments

  While on our family road trip up the state of California, the highlight of our trip was visiting the Lassen Volcanic National Park. The park is just a short distance from the city of Redding and offers families an unforgettable experience. After entering the Lassen Volcanic National Park, our first stop was to explore the Sulphur Works Trail. It was our first time getting to witness real volcanic activity, and the smell was definitely a hard one for my kids to bear. (I recommend bringing a medical mask for your kids to wear when exploring this trail) It was the easiest trail that we explored in the National Park. There was a large parking lot, and the trail was flat while offering some amazing views of geothermal activity. There was bubbling mud, steam, sulfur smell and beautiful blends...

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Majestic Kings Creek Meadows

Posted by on Jul 11, 2015 in Featured, National Parks, Redding | 0 comments

  While visiting the Lassen Volcanic National Park, we couldn’t resist taking a break to relax at the Kings Creek Meadows. The meadows are located right across from the Kings Creek Falls, and it is the perfect place for families to stop, relax and refresh while visiting the National Park. The meadows are situated in a valley surrounded by massive hills blanketed with snow and have refreshing winding creeks filled with chilly water. We pulled the car over to the side of the road where there were two other families laying on blankets while enjoying picnic lunches along the creek. The minute the kids spotted the winding creek in the meadows, they jumped out of the car to explore. I sat on the grass while watching my kids frolic and play just like I once did as a child....

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