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.
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.
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.
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?