Weekends are to most everyone a valuable and too rare commodity. That makes a common question, “what are you doing this weekend?” Even though no one really cares what you’re doing, it’s the polite thing to say on Friday. But when you’re taking Friday and Monday off to make a long weekend, people expect that you must have plans…..good ones.
So recently when I responded with, “going to Redding” the universal gut reaction was, “why?” Along with that look of, “are you insane?” OK, so Redding CA isn’t on the top of most people’s bucket list vacation spots, I get it. Unless of course you’re really headed to Lake Shasta, which this year actually has water in it and is an oasis in Northern California. Well, we are traveling as usual by motorcycle and not by boat.
The winters in Central Oregon are long, really long and spring can last as long as a week in an unusual year, generally it goes from winter to summer and back again way too quickly. Southern Oregon warms up much earlier than us; and sometimes it’s enough just to head down there to warm up, but on this particular weekend, not so.