Skiing is an obvious winter option in the Sierras, but if you’ve got little ones, or a budget to think about, a more fiscally conservative winter adventure is in order to keep winter boredom at bay. Check out these favorite snow play destinations right in our back yard.
It is a trek of winding roads, ever-present landslides and unfulfilled promises of bigfoot to make into the heart of redwood country, but a trek enjoyed by both young and old. The Avenue of Giants, Newton B. Drury Scenic Byway and Howland Hill Road are some of the National Parks most rewarding drives for those who prefer to stay in their vehicles. And for the kids who want to run, climb, jump and roll the redwoods soft moist soil is the perfect playground.
It takes about 7 minutes to drive between the Pollard Flat and Sims Flat exits above lake Shasta on Interstate 5; but this past father's day we decided to take the longer route, the one where you get wet. Northern California is a beautiful state in mid June and what better way to celebrate Father's Day then on the state's capital namesake river albeit we were a good 250 miles north of Jerry Brown's office.