We landed in Redding, California yesterday afternoon at 2 bells after leaving Indio at 4:00 am. Hey, there wasn't any traffic at all and the Grapevine burped us out into the valley at the bewitching hour of 7 am. The only thing that kept us from leaving Indio an hour earlier was the bars had just closed and there were lots of goofuss' on the road. What can I say - we didn't sleep much Friday night.
Now here we are having driven through what I think of as some of the most incredible country including the San Fernando, San Joaquin and the Sacramento Vallies. Food can be seen as far as the eye can see - from onions, garlic, fields of peppers, tomatoes and potatoes to apricots and olives - and that's just what's ready and visable from I-5 north. I'm sure there's plenty of stuff I missed.
We are amazed, absolutely amazed how much cooler it feels here in Northern California but you could have knocked me over with a feather when I heard it was 92 degrees. Imagine feeling "cool" when it's a mere 18 degrees cooler than what we left in Tucson. Should I have packed our woolies for the coast? How will we survive with temperatures in the 60's? Nooo problemo.
Oh, about dinner - we ordered our usual feast from Cattlemen's Restuarant which lucky enough happens to be right next door to the La Quinta, our home for the night.
What you see is a Cattlemen's dinner for one we divided between us - a rack of baby back ribs, baked potato, beans, salad and tumbleweed onions. If you're wondering about the fancy tablecloth, napkins, and dinnerware...we bring those with us. Other than bragging some, what can I say except that it was mighty wonderful but what are we going to do with the leftovers.
How about a doggie bag?