Coloma is essentially the whitewater capital of the country, and less than an hour from my house in Rocklin! And unless you've been living under a rock, you know this year's massive Sierra snowpack means the rivers are still flowing strong.
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.