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Retreat And Rejuvenation Near Redding
I recently did something I have never done before. I took a break for 36 hours and went hiking and camping outside Redding alone for a night.
I needed to clear my head. You probably feel how fast the world is moving these days. Keeping up with work, schedules for 3 kids, and other commitments and relationships… it’s a lot. I am the type of person who likes to be stay busy and around people. So, for me to go camping and hiking alone for two days is not the norm.
It was amazing.
The realignment I had just spending that time thinking was remarkable. I highly recommended it for everyone.
It’s incredible what happens when you get away from the noise of life and connect with your thoughts. If you are a business owner, I think this could be more valuable than anything you are doing at work.
Outside of work, it helped me process how to be a better father and husband. I was able to step back and see what God is doing in my life and how to strengthen a relationship with him.
We have such beauty around us here in the north state. Most people, like me, are grinding hard to get a trip to Hawaii or somewhere to get a week-long break. I do love Hawaii! But don’t discount what a short, intentional trip can do for your mind and body.
Looking for some great hiking and camping spots near Redding? Here is a glance at my short trip…
First, I had to eat what may be the best burger on the planet. The jalapeño bacon burger at Yaks on the 5. Needed some fuel for the trip! If you have not had a burger at Yaks on the 5 in Dunsmuir you must try! It is way better now than when it was in Redding.
From there I wanted to see Mossbrae Falls. It was amazing! Almost like being in Hawaii. It’s a little over a mile, and a great hike to get a lot of thinking in because it’s simple -- more like a walk. When you get down there, it’s an incredible sight! Water shoots out of the mountain side down into the Upper Sacramento River.
From there I went up to Lake Siskiyou Resort. The campground was pretty quiet at this time of year, and I got some peaceful time around the campfire and cooked up some health food to counter the burger at yaks earlier.
I took my time the next morning, enjoying coffee by the fire and more thinking and reading before heading out for the day.
First I drove to Castle Lake. It was so beautiful with a huge granite mountain as a backdrop. Not a bad spot to finish off my morning coffee!
From there you can make a hike up to Heart lake. It starts off gaining elevation fairly quick. Not a bad hike overall and pretty short. It took me about 40 minutes to hike to Heart Lake. At that height, the view over Castle lake is stunning with Mt. Shasta in the background.
If you’ve thought about visiting these sights, make it happen! Where we live gives us the ability to take a short break and see some amazing things. It is great time to ponder life and recalibrate yourself. Or go with your partner to reconnect. Or make it a family outing and create shared memories.
Just enjoy the beauty in our own backyard.
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