Just north of Sacramento, we experience our first tree shaker harvesting walnuts. The tractor grabs the trunk of the tree, shakes the daylights out of the tree, and down fall the walnuts to the ground, to be picked up later. What will we see next!
Evening card games host a full house of players including our new friends Harold, Dwayne and Sandi, Howie and Francis, Lou, and Ann. The gals win the first round, and we all have a wonderful time joking about most any topic including our individual religions, drinking, marijuana laws, and life in general.
Hwy 99 presents miles of walnut groves, and other fruit orchards on our way to Redding, CA, which has many wonderful things to experience. The Sundial Bridge is the landmark sculpture for the city, and is the largest sundial in the world. The geese and ducks are comical when they turn upside down searching for food in the Sacramento River.
Bethel Church in Redding truly is a place of peace and serenity, healings and excellent teachings. Bike paths wind throughout the city.
A 32 mile bicycle ride thru the mountains with Tom and Verna from Seattle, in beautiful sunshine and temperatures provides new friendships with a great outing.
On the ride, meet Bill, 88 years of age, who walks several miles in the mountains each day. He shares about his grandparents living in a thriving town in the 1890’s, until filling up Shasta Lake put the town under water. Obviously, progress sometimes comes at a high price.
Cycling and driving to the Shasta Dam and Lake presents beautiful views, but the federal government is shutdown so we are not able to take a tour. (Will someone explain to me how the Federal Government saves any money by continuing to pay employees who are not working, still incur utilities and all the operating expenses, yet cuts off income by not allowing people to pay for tours and camping?)
New friends Sandy and Shane on the left, Rod and Mary on the right.