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A family day in nature #ExploRedding

Morning

There’s not a better way to start the day than with breakfast at my local favorite Déjà vu Café. The French toast is to die for, while others in my family swear it’s the go-to place for eggs benedict. Hearty portions in a historic downtown Redding building works for me. Historic you say? The building has been renovated but it still has its old time charm from being built in 1901 as the Lorenz Hotel, the first four story building in Redding. The owner, Karline Niver, also owns Karline’s Restaurant & Bar and runs her businesses as she does her life, “be good to people, you will be remembered more for your kindness than for any level of success you could possibly attain.”

Afternoon

The destination can vary depending on the weather. Nothing beats a summertime swim and dive into the pools around Lower McCloud Falls while Middle and Upper Falls are fun for an extended hike and two other waterfall views. In the fall, a drive up to Sims Road Campground is an idyllic setting because of the fall colors, quaint bridge and view of the upper Sacramento River. You’ll find the perfect place to sit for a picnic is next to the California Conservation Corps (CCC) suspension bridge spanning the river. The 1933 constructed foot bridge has an unobstructed upriver view with the mighty Mt. Shasta in the background and is a great family photo opportunity. Plus, there are spots to walk to the river’s edge and either dip your toes or cast a fishing line into the soothing waters.

Evening

After spending the day out and active, a perfect end is to stop by San Francisco Deli located at 2394 Athens Avenue to pick up some sandwiches before they close at 5 p.m. Friday’s special of their ridiculously good tri-tip sandwiches are a must-have. Make sure to order takeout so you can to make it to The Bluffs off the north end of Hilltop Drive for the best sunset views in Redding. The picnic overlooking the Sacramento River also offers sweeping views of Turtle Bay, the Sundial Bridge and west Redding, making this the Instagrammable location everyone’s searching for. If you're a star-gazer, finding a spot after sunset in the Whiskeytown National Recreation Area is a great place to see the Perseid meteor shower or simply wait for the Milky Way to come into view away from the lights of the city. This stop is also dependent upon the time of year. You’ll have to head up to Whiskeytown much later at night during the summer, but it sure is a rewarding way to finish off a relaxing day.

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