Thursday, October 5, 2017

A Brief Stay in Yreka, CA

Though most of the area was still green, the trees at Millsite RV Park in Myrtle Creek, OR were putting on a show!

After a few nights in Eugene and a few more in Myrtle Creek for one last visit with Chantal and James for the year, we made our way south on I-5 into northern California. Yreka, CA, our home for two nights, sits a few miles north of Mt Shasta at the edge of a large high desert valley.

We stayed at Yreka RV Park, an easy access, no frills, full hookup park with mostly pull through gravel sites separated by strips of grass. Though close to I-5, the park was relatively quiet and was a short drive in to town. Both Verizon and AT&T signals were strong, this park was fine for our short stay.

Though I did not take any photos, we enjoyed the Siskyou County Museum. Its well laid out and informative displays cover the Native American, trapping and gold mining history of the area as well as the pioneer settlers and timber industry.

Our morning museum visit allowed the air temperature to get out of the 40's so we headed to Greenhorn Park for a hike. This beautiful park was built on an historic mining district and wraps around a reservoir. It has lovely green picnic areas plus 11 miles of natural trails across the adjacent hills.

We were excited to explore a new environment after four months of lush and damp forests in western Oregon! The hillsides of Greenhorn park alternated between stands of oak and groves of Ponderosa, all skirted with golden's much drier here than our summer in Oregon and we were ready for the change.

Greenhorn Reservoir.

High above us in a skinny oak was the largest wasp nest we'd ever seen.

We saw numerous black tail deer...
There's no hunting within one mile of city limits, so they've probably all moved into town for safety.

Displays of old and reconstructed mining equipment.

Just a hint of fall color in the pretty picnic area.

Downtown Yreka has several well preserved historic buildings from the late 1800's. We enjoyed happy hour at Etna Brewing and noticed a couple of decent looking restaurants downtown as well.

Short but sweet, we enjoyed our stop in Yreka. It's always fun to visit someplace new to us!

Next stop: Chico, CA


  1. Love the old, colorful buildings! And the fall colors are gorgeous! We mostly have yellow here. The picture of the deer in the grass is so sweet. Quick, but nice stay Lisa!

  2. I like those old buildings in downtown. Looks like the wildlife was plentiful there.

  3. I agree, it's so much fun to visit new places! As much as we've loved our time in the Pacific Northwest, we're going to be ready for a change by the time we head south in November. Haha, yeah, all those deer have definitely moved into town, where they're protected and they can enjoy gourmet meals of tasty landscaping!

  4. The fall colors are absolutely beautiful, Lisa!

  5. Those trees are gorgeous! Love the green heron - blends in so well among the reeds. I love the unexpected fun of a new place - especially in my home state :-)))

  6. Looking good. And, looking forward to seeing you when you get down this far. . . .

  7. Love finding these new interesting towns. Glad there is a safe area for the deer:)

  8. Love the pictures of the fall foliage and the animals. Wow, that wasp nest was the scariest thing to walk up near for sure.