Meeting new people, seeing new sites

A joy of travel, for us, is meeting new people and seeing new sights. We’ve honed our skills to take advantage of just such encounters. Still, sometimes we can’t help being surprised by our good luck in discovering new people and sights.

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Fuzz pulled down his sunglasses to come over and chat with us. He introduced himself as a dragon; he was in the park to meet other furry creatures like him.

We first spotted Fuzz as we walked with our friend, Dale, and his dog, Callie, in a park in Sacramento. We spied him gazing at his cellphone and standing by his parked car. Is this an everyday sight in Sacramento?

We first spotted Fuzz as we walked with our friend, Dale, and his dog, Callie, in a Sacramento park. We spied him gazing at his cellphone and standing by his parked car. Is this an everyday sight in Sacramento?

New places were easy to see outside the city thanks to our friends, Dale and Jeannie. We drove down to Stone Lakes National Wildlife Reserve and stayed long enough to see more red-winged blackbirds than we thought possible in one place.

As we left, we snapped a parting shot and were surprised that not one blackbird was in the picture.

As we left, we snapped a parting shot and were surprised that not one blackbird was in the picture.

Next stop, Cosumnes River Preserve, had low water and few birds. (A casualty of the California drought.)

We said our goodbyes to Dale and Jeannie and headed toward Bend, Oregon – about 440 miles north. We decided to break up the drive into 4 days, driving about 110 miles each day, in order to stop at new places of interest to us. We think it’s not important to race to the destination, but to enjoy what we find along the way.

Colusa National Wildlife Refuge had few people and lots of birds. We snapped a great blue heron, disturbed by our presence.

Colusa National Wildlife Refuge had few people and lots of birds. We snapped a great blue heron, disturbed by our presence.

The largest grain silos we’ve ever seen dotted the highway. Our favorite brand of rice, Lundgren’s, is grown nearby.

The largest grain silos we’ve ever seen dotted the highway. Our favorite brand of rice, Lundberg‘s, is grown nearby.

We studied the map for a late morning hike and saw one right off the highway. What a surprise to walk across Sundial Bridge in Redding to reach the hiking trail!

We studied the map for a late morning hike and saw one right off the highway. What a surprise to walk across Sundial Bridge in Redding to reach the hiking trail!

Why not have lunch looking out at Shasta Lake? The stunning blue water was serene as few boats were out that day.

Why not have lunch looking out at Shasta Lake? The stunning blue water was serene as few boats were out that day.

Our drive up through roads never before traveled by us in central California was a real surprise. We saw so many great sites and met new people (and a lot of birds). We wonder if we should have taken even more time for the drive?

 

 

April 2015

 

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Beth and Joe enjoy simple travel.
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4 Responses to Meeting new people, seeing new sites

  1. So glad you are still taking your time. You are inspiring me. Pleasant days to you both along the way…

  2. Jill's Scene says:

    I enjoy taking my time, too, there’s always so much to see! That heron looks huge!

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