May 31st, 2016


Tuesday morning: Red Bluff

I checked out from the hotel in Union City yesterday morning, and said farewell to two weeks of EMT boot camp and two and a half weeks of strip mall hell. Got on the road some time around 10, and was in Red Bluff by 2.

I stayed at a hotel in the eastern portion of Red Bluff, separated from the main part of town by the East Sand Slough, the I-5, and the Sacramento River. Red Bluff is in north-central California, just south of Redding, and is a convenient place to stop while traveling the I-5. Yesterday afternoon wasn't the best day for traipsing around town - here in inland California, away from the moderate coastal climate, it got up to 98F by mid-afternoon. I drove the 3/4 mile down Antelope Blvd across the Sacramento to Main Street (grateful that my AC is now working) and stopped in for a plate of tolerably decent vegetarian Chinese food. Took a couple of pictures of the local landmarks.

That's Cone & Kimball Plaza in the second picture.

My mind and body are still decompressing after the EMT course. It's nice to get a good night's sleep for a change. (And not to go all TMI on you, but two weeks of non-stop stress has its effects on the digestion, too, so it's nice to get back on schedule in that department too.)

This morning I went out at about 7am for a short jog, west on Antelope on foot this time, and in 15 minutes I was on Main Street. I've gotten back to jogging on a semi-regular basis and I'm feeling good about that.

So that's about it for my Cali visit. On to Oregon.

Tuesday night: back to Oregon.

The Indigo Girls had been keeping me company on the drive up from Red Bluff - 'Swamp Ophelia' is still one of my favorite albums of all time, and I had the CD on repeat the whole way.

A fire on my route held up traffic for close to an hour. After traffic started rolling again, I pulled over for a stop in Dunsmuir.

Exit 697 on I-5 northbound (to Hilt) is the last exit in California. A few minutes later, at 13:45, I passed the sign saying JACKSON COUNTY and a moment after that, OREGON WELCOMES YOU.

I took the exit for Ashland. Coming north on Siskiyou Blvd., I noticed a Chabad that I hadn't seen before. I could see my hotel, too, dead ahead, clear down Siskiyou; the hotel is literally a landmark, and it's impossible not to see it.

I spent the early afternoon resting up. The weather was still pretty hot - about 90F, not as bad as yesterday at Red Bluff but hot enough. So I took a nap and enjoyed the air conditioning until early evening.

I took a stroll around Ashland and stopped for dinner and beer at Louie's, where a slim, curly-haired man of about 40 was emceeing a trivia game for local patrons. (The Medford team won.)

This was my first time visiting Ashland at an even moderately leisurely pace, and I enjoyed the feeling of not having to hurry. I walked through the Shakespeare district and Lithia Park (which I hadn't seen before) and took a few side detours.

Early to bed tonight, early to rise tomorrow. I'm looking forward to a nice morning jog to Lithia Park.