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Camping near Caverns?! Shasta Caverns

10/9-10/11 Lake Shasta

We left Gasquet around 11am on Wednesday October 9th to drive to Lake Shasta. We figured we could stay there for 2 nights and drive to Aftershock in Sacramento Friday morning. The drive was uneventful and we shared the 4 hours it took to find our campground. We wanted to see the Shasta Caverns and the closet park was about 2 miles from the Caverns and right on the lake.

When we arrived at Holiday Harbor RV Park, the lady that checked us in (Lisa) was super nice and very informative. She told us exactly how to find the caverns and when to get there. The price for full hook ups was $34.50 per night as it was off season. We had our pick of any sites as there were only 3 others in the park. The showers were great! Hot and great water pressure too.

When we were relaxing in the evening we had a whole family of deer visit us. We also took a short hike down a dirt road trying to get to the Marina but never made it. We overlooked the dock but it was down about a million stairs. We did more snooping around before making dinner. Again, I probably made something amazing to eat!

Next morning we were up early to get to the marina to take a boat over to the caverns.

Larry is a bit claustrophobic and wasn’t sure how he’d enjoy the caverns. He did great! He really loved the tour. We found out that the difference between caves and caverns. Caverns have an entrance and an exit (at least one of each) and caves only have one way inside. Caverns are typically warmer too. It cost us each $30 for the tour but we got a boat ride over, a bus ride to the entrance and over an hour in the caverns. The young man that was our tour guide was very enthusiastic about educating us about the area, the wildlife and the caverns. It was a very good morning.

In the afternoon, we blew up the inflatable kayak to take down the million stairs to the dock. Larry carried the kayak down which is about 39 pounds. I carried the beach towels, blanket and cooler. We had a successful launch off the dock! Yeah! It was nice and warm, in the 80’s. We paddled around trying to find a beach to picnic at but it was very slopey. There wasn’t any flat beaches that we could find. The one flat area was in about 2 feet of mud on the bank and that wouldn’t have worked well. I decided to duck into a calm, warm cove and we just spread out inside the kayak for a few hours and have our beer and snacks. It worked out great! When we got back to the dock, strong Larry had to carry the kayak back up the million stairs. I love that guy!

We had a great time at Lake Shasta seeing the caverns, kayaking and interacting with the wildlife. It was nice to have a few days to relax before our big Aftershock weekend.

love you BEARy much

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