We headed up through Lassen National Park and pretty much cruised right through. Bode napped the entire way, so we just kept driving. It’s pretty, but we weren’t in the mood for hiking or waking up a sleeping kid, so onward and upward. He woke up in time for Subway Cave, which was a great stop for him. He got scared as soon as the cave got really dark and wanted to go back to the car, but as soon as we left the cave he wanted to go right back in. This time he was a brave explorer, explained how the lava tubes were formed to me, and we made it all the way through. There was even a snake waiting for us at the end. Cool! Four is probably the right age to get introduced to spelunking.
We drove up to Burney on a recommendation and we spent the afternoon relaxing by the lake. Kids skipping rocks and that sort of thing. Big impressive waterfall. Nice place. We’ve actually been here a few days now just taking it easy and getting caught up on some chores, blog posts and internet things (free internet at the pizza joint – a recurring theme.) They’ve got a car wash, so it was good time to wash off the filth we’ve accumulated since we left. Those mountain gravel roads aren’t kind to the engine compartment of an old air-cooled bus.
Burney is a funky little town with exactly everything you need and no more. Mexican food. Check. Pizza. Check. Bowling alley. Check. Wacky VW guy with a van up on a pole in his front yard. Check.
If you’ve got a few days to lounge around and enjoy a place, this is a good one. The campgrounds at Burney Falls State Park are spacious and quiet. It’s also given me some time to finish more bus projects and take a real close look at my steering. There’s still a fair amount of play in it – you definitely notice it on a windy road – and I’ve tracked it down to the Drag Link Arm (i think). Fortunately for me, The Bus Boys is only 50 miles down the road in Redding, so that’s our next destination. Note : if you search for The Bus Boys on Google, you will not get the VW parts guys. However, I was reminded that The BusBoys were nominated for a Grammy for the song “Cleanin’ Up The Town” from the original “Ghostbusters” film.