Redding/Lassen Volcanic National Park weekend Oct.8-9, 2016

Here's our plans for the Redding/Lassen Volcanic National Park weekend. We hope to see many of you as we enjoy this great National Park. An invitation has been been extended to Shasta MINIS & Capital City MINIS to join us as well. Come meet fellow club members for a fun weekend away.

Saturday - October 8, 2016 - Redding
Meet: 9:30 AM
Peet's Coffee & Tea
1671 E Monte Vista Rd, Vacaville
From here we’ll motor up to Redding via 505 & I-5.

Lunch: TBD
After Lunch we’ll visit:
Sundial Bridge & Turtle Bay Exploration Park
844 Sundial Bridge Drive
Redding, California 96001
Park Admission: Includes admission* to the Museum, Forest Camp, Parrot Playhouse, and Botanical Gardens. Adult (16+) $16, Child (4-15) $12, Seniors (65+) $12, Members and Children 3 & under Free. 
*Bring a new or gently used book to get $2 off admission.
Enjoy the bridge and park as long as you want. It closes at 4pm. Check in to your hotel and we’ll see you later for an evening of fun.  

Evening:  Movie Night at Benton Airpark 
Benton Airpark  (www.flybenton.com)
2600 Gold St
Redding, CA 96001
We’ll see “The Italian Job” in an airplane hanger. You'll get to pick which movie we see - the 1969 British Classic or the 2003 Mark Wahlberg version. Admission: $5 per person Movie time: 7pm-9pm Enjoy FREE POPCORN. Beer, wine, and soda available for sale!

Arrive Benton Airpark at 6pm to eat & socialize.  Bring your own food or pitch in $5 per person for pizza delivery from Westside Pizza. 
Sunday - October 9th - Lassen Volcanic National Park
Breakfast is on your own, please eat at your hotel or elsewhere before meeting for departure to park.
8am departure for:Lassen Volcanic National Park 

1280 Dana Dr.
Redding, CA
We’ll head to Lassen via Hwy 44 then 89, then 36 to Red Bluff before heading home. The drive through the park takes about two hours (with stops) from the Manzanita Lake entrance (Hwy 44) to the Hwy 36 entrance. 

Park Admission: Vehicle Pass $20. Free for those of us with a Senior Pass - don’t forget to bring it!
Audio Tour:
The park offers an audio tour that corresponds to each of 16 markers along the park's 30-mile highway. You’ll need to download the files before you get to the park if you’d like to have this as part of your drive. See this page for the audio files: https://www.nps.gov/lavo/learn/photosmultimedia/audio-tours.htm
Pets in the Park: Where may I go with my pet?
A good rule of thumb is that a pet may go anywhere a car may go: roads and road shoulders (not snow-covered), campgrounds, picnic areas, and parking lots.
Where are pets not allowed?
Pets are not permitted on any hiking trail, in the park backcountry (including snow-covered roads or trails), in any body of water, or inside visitor centers or other park facilities.

You can bring your own food or purchase from the Lassen Cafe & Gift or the Manzanita Lake Camper Store. We’ll have lunch together. After lunch, those who want to go to Bumpass Hell will go do the hike and those that aren’t up to it can make their way home.

Bumpass Hell trail 
is a rewarding way to experience the park's largest hydrothermal (hot water) area. This moderate three-mile round-trip hike leads to a boardwalk where you can listen to belching mudpots, watch as steam escapes from Big Boiler fumarole, and marvel at bubbling and boiling pools.

Start: Bumpass Hell parking lot
Round Trip Distance: 3 miles
Round Trip Time: 2 hours
Terrain: easy 300-foot descent
Elevation: 8000 feet

The Trail: The trail is quite easy, though the altitude (8,000 feet) can make the trail seem moderately difficult. Hiking boots are recommended as the trail crosses generally rocky land with some tree cover, and without much change in elevation until the 100-foot drop into the thermally active basin. The active area can be seen (and smelt!) from far away - a wide basin filled with various steaming pools and unusual multi-colored soils, stained orange, brown, yellow and green by sulfur and other minerals. Together with the occasional white snow patches, the (usually) deep blue sky and the aquamarine waters, the spectacle is extremely beautiful and colorful.

Hotel Suggestions:

Fairfield Inn & Suites Redding
5164 Caterpillar Road
Redding, CA 960003

Standard Rate: $127 pre-paid
Non-Smoking * Free Breakfast * Pets welcomed
La Quinta Inn & Suites Redding
2180 Hilltop Dr
Redding,CA 96002
Rates start at $72.00, lower with AAA or AARP, etc.
Non-smoking hotel * Free Breakfast * Pets welcomed

There are other hotels in the area, if you prefer a particular brand.

Critter to Critter Run - September 25, 2016

Annual Member Meeting

Meet up at Starbucks (1186 South Main Street, Salinas, CA 93901) at 9:15am for Driver's Meeting and leave promptly at 9:30am to not be late for our private tour at the Monterey Zoo (400 River Road, Salinas, CA 93908). Tour is about 90 minutes. Members can pre-purchase tickets $10/per adult or child.

Monterey Zoo Tickets
After our tour we'll take scenic River Road south, passing through agricultural and winery areas to Carmel Valley Road (some of the road is only single lane) up Carmel Valley to Los Laureles Lodge. Lunch and annual meeting at Los Laureles Lodge. Members please RSVP to your email invitation by 9/22 so we can let the restaurant know ahead of time.

We're collecting donations to help the Monterey County SPCA, which has taken in many animals displaced by the fire. They are asking for cash donations, towels, pet food, pet toys, pet supplies and pet beds. Join us after lunch for a bonus run to go over Laureles Grade and to help drop donations off at the Monterey County SPCA, across from Laguna Seca and easy access to Hwy 68.

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