Begin your day with a fresh pastry and an award-winning cup of coffee at Theory Collaborative in Redding. My personal favorite is their avocado toast and iced matcha tea latte (if you have never tried it, they are super light and refreshing – don’t let the green scare you). Sitting at the counter by the window may just place you in the same seat as award-winning director of “Stronger than Carr” documentary, which told the heroic stories of so many in our community through the eyes of someone who just moved to Redding the day the Carr Fire began. Or – this one may be a surprise – but Burrito Bandito on Airport Road whips up amazing breakfast burritos and it is their only location offering breakfast service. Then head north on I-5 toward the town of Mt. Shasta and make a detour to…
Shasta Dam – featured on California Gold, this location offers many options. Enjoy an informational video highlighting the features of the dam, take a FREE tour of the dam (check for times and availability – and make sure to allow extra time if you do the tour), or simply take in the scenery at one of their picnic tables or at the scenic overlook. It might be a nice place to eat your burrito if you took it to go.
You can choose to skip the Heart Lake hike and instead take a drive to McArthur-Burney Falls Memorial State Park (about 1 hour, 15 min from Castle Lake), where many productions including Willow, Clearcut Nation, The Parson & The Outlaw, The Treasure of Lost Canyon, and Top Secret Waterfalls have allowed the park to have a starring role. The astounding beauty of this location needs no editing whatsoever. Be sure to make your way to the base of the falls which is a short walk from the overlook to get an up-close view of the majestic falls, and if time allows, walk the 1-mile interpretive loop around where you will see various vantage points of the falls. The drive from the town of Mount Shasta to Burney Falls along CA-89 is beautiful any time of year.