Saturday, March 23, 2013

Hidden Treasure: Trinity Alps

A different kind of road trip we took last weekend.  With just Chloe, traveling is much easier.  Instead of the Jeep that gets 15 mpg or the RV that gets 9 mpg, we could take our little VW Golf two door that gets 35 mpg.

We left the S.F. Bay Area Friday late afternoon and headed to Redding, California.  By nightfall we had arrived and stayed at a Red Lion Inn.  This is a dog-friendly chain of nice hotels that allow dogs in the rooms for a $15 per dog charge (free if you become a "member").  Highly recommend them.  The staff actually were all smiles as we walked Chloe into the lobby to check in.  They had never seen a Vizsla.

The next morning we headed west up into the Trinity Alps and to Trinity Lake.  This was a stop along the way to the coast city of Eureka, where we spent Saturday afternoon.  The Trinity Alps area is a National Forest area and very dog-friendly (unlike most California State Parks).  In mid-March there was almost no one around.  By July the campgrounds will be full, but with snow still on the ground and the the water very cold, we had most of the forests, streams, and lakes to ourselves.

We traveled along the Trinity river (Hwy 299), a great drive through some wonderful country. We drove west through the Coastal Mountain ranges to the ocean.  In Eurkea are sand dunes on Somoa Island.  Here dogs can play on the beach and surf leash free. This area is an ATV and off road vehicle area, so I would only do this with dogs in the off season.  We only saw a handful ATVs in the two hours we were there and no one was going fast.

A great weekend get-away.  We were back in the Bay Area by Sunday afternoon.  Chloe swam in lakes, streams, and the ocean. She was in heaven and we had a great time also.

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