A quick Fall trip to
Fall is my favorite time to hit the road. The changing colors, the kids are back in school, and campsites are usually pretty empty. A couple weeks back I loaded up my van with the two dogs and headed towards Shasta county. Our first stop of the trip was at Castle Crag State Park. In the afternoon, I hiked from the site to a vista point. I didn't see another person the entire walk which was really peaceful, but always a little spooky being alone in the woods in bear country. The next morning we headed out to the town of Weed to eat some breakfast before driving down highway 89 to the next destination.
After a pretty drive on an almost empty Highway 89, we rolled into Dusty Creek Campground. I've always stayed at the Burney Falls State Park campground when I've been in this area, but wanted to try a new place this trip. Dusty Creek is a PGE owned campground without running water and pit toilets. Probably explains the $8 fee. It was right on Lake Britton, which was very calm that day. Also inside the campsite's property was the chase scene bridge from Stand By Me, which was pretty rad to see in person. There was only one other camper in the whole site which gave the dogs plenty of space to cruise off leash. After sundown, I noticed we were being watched by a group of foxes. As soon as we crashed out in the van to sleep, I looked out the window and saw at least 5-6 foxes plowing through the site for any crumbs. I guess they weren't stoked to come up empty handed based on the turd they left us to see in the morning.