Grandson, 3 years old, upon finding a deceased dragonfly in the swimming pool.


“Why did it die?”


“Everything dies, eventually”, my reply.




“Well, that’s a good question.”

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Jury Duty for Federal Court in Sacramento

Citizens of Redding supply jurors for federal cases held in Sacramento. Perhaps you have received a similar summons, as did the lovely Karry recently.
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Showing up on a Monday at 8 am is problematic, being a 165 mile drive south. So we went together down to Sacramento the night before. Of course, I captured a few Sacramento images.

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“Your honor, at this time we wish to excuse the exquisite blonde bombshell juror for being just too darn distracting to the courtroom,” said an attorney, probably.

Anyway, the lovely Karry was cut loose fairly early on in the proceedings. Her civic duty faithfully executed, we happily headed north to Granzellas for sips and apps.

Sacramento is truly an excellent city to visit, either for duty or pleasure.
They even share our river. And as fortune would have it, experiencing the capital of California is a relatively easy 2.5 hours drive down Interstate 5 from Really Redding.

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Bricks Roadhouse in Redding closes

Bricks Roadhouse opened on Churn Creek Road just over a year ago. Definitely a Redding original, I had posted here about Bricks 2 previous locations. I liked their food very much. I took these images seen below intending to post about the Churn Creek location. But I hesitated, thinking I needed a few better photos first. I really wanted an image of the cool looking bar. Too late, now.

Today I read at that Bricks has closed. Too bad. In retrospect, the images I captured make it appear mostly empty. A grim foreshadowing.

This building has seen several restaurants come and go.
I was hoping Bricks would break the cycle.

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In my draft, I wrote:

“Bricks has been around for years. This is the third time I’ve written about them in this blog, and this is their third location. With each move, they’ve grown bigger and the list of food and drinks grows accordingly. Evidence they have a menu for success.”

Evidently not. Easy to blame the building/location. Who will be next to give it a try?

Thanks for trying, Bricks. Looking back on my first post about Bricks from 2010, you can sense the excitement as they begin, and start to grow popular. That feeling like the sky is the limit.

The restaurant business is really tough in Really Redding.

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Take in the Lake Shasta Dinner Cruise

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Few northstate activities are more Really Redding than a day on Lake Shasta. So what could be better than a Dinner Cruise on the largest boat in the lake? The lovely Karry and I recently went out for dinner with some friends old and new, on a perfect Shasta evening, and here are some images I captured.

The Dinner Cruise runs Friday and Saturdays in Summer. It takes place onboard the Cavern Queen, which departs from the Shasta Caverns facility up Interstate 5 to O’Brien on Shasta Lake. Reservations are needed, as seatings are obviously limited. A little planning rewards you with a memorable dinner in an unmatched setting. The cruise runs from 6 to 8 pm. The buffet style meal neatly compliments the scenery. We saw deer and eagles, along with campers and waterskiing families out enjoying the 300+ miles of Shasta shoreline.

Below, click on the image to their website. Thank you Captain Dave and the Lake Shasta Dinner Cruise crew! You’re Really Redding.

Lake Shasta Dinner Cruise




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Bike to the movies in 1940 Redding

While surfing at the Library of Congress website, I came across images of the Cascade Theatre in Redding from 1940.

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This available .TIF image is remarkably high resolution for an online photo.

I wondered what it would look like zoomed in. Please do click below to enlarge.

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Bikes and their riders going to the movies in Redding in 1940

Hey, remember when you could ride your bike to the movies, and leave it unlocked out front?

I don’t. But evidently, such a scene existed. Lined up to see “Jungle Book” and “Blondies Blessed Event.” (which you can now watch on YouTube)

Closer in yet, a young woman looks right at you. You are a phantom from the future. Click to enlarge.

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Evidently Redding folk once dressed somewhat more formally to go to the movies.

It looks like a windy day in Redding, that day in 1940.

The winds of change. Hang on to your hat.

Back then, moviegoers paid a “Defense Tax.


10% Defense Tax for General Admission. 16% for you Students.

Zooming in. The work of Redding Signs.


Redding Signs.

Coincidentally, another “Jungle Book” remake is currently playing in a Redding theater. Seen below here in 2016 at the Cinemark Movies 14, across town from the Cascade.
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Movie admission prices have gone up a bit since 1940.

A discount for seniors now, instead of students. But at least your “Defense Tax” is built in.

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CookHouse at Bridge Bay

Welcome to CookHouse at Bridge Bay.  Longtime Redding people will recall this restaurant and lounge as Tail O’ the Whale. Click any image to enlarge.

Cookhouse15The main dining area is under great spokes radiating from a center pylon. The large windows to the north allow views of Lake Shasta. The marina is in the foreground, and then past the Pit River Bridge, you can clearly see the Gray Rocks with Shasta Caverns. It’s a visually stunning setting.



Our attentive server Alyssa with delicious Potato Skins. Below, Mahi Mahi Tacos. There’s a full wine list, and beer on tap, including an IPA by Fall River. Mmm.



Above, a Seared Ahi on wilted spinach with salad. This plate wasn’t specifically on the menu, but staff was very accommodating to the special request. The CookHouse menu is online at their website.

There’s also some outdoor patio space for al fresco dining, around the perimeter.


The classic lounge is upstairs. Check out this Bloody Mary, served by Dan!


Outside, the views are captivating. All around you are people coming from, and leaving for adventures on emerald Lake Shasta. And of course, attire is beach casual. But that’s true of most of Redding anyway.


Cookhouse2aCookhouse12Just outside the CookHouse are dozens of chairs for taking in the scenery. Perfect for observing Bridge Bay resort patrons and their watercraft. It’s a very party-like atmosphere, but also just as laid back as you may desire.  Lake life!

Cookhouse 16When people ask why I live in Redding, I often speak of the natural beauty of our surroundings. Lake Shasta plays a large part in the lifestyle and beauty of our region. Bridge Bay and CookHouse offer an unmatched setting for providing food, fun, and access to the lake. And it’s all a very quick and easy 13 mile drive north of Redding proper via Interstate 5.

The lake life, it’s Really Redding.

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REX CLUB in Burney

Rex Club 7“Burney’s oldest Bar/Restaurant,” so it is said.

That seems entirely plausible. The weathered exterior hints at the rustic interior decor found inside. Also filled with wood carvings, and dozens of taxidermy wildlife mounts.

We recently stopped in for a late lunch. They were cleaning up for the dinner shift, but service was fast and friendly.
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Katie serves up a hot pastrami on toasted rye and a french dip Special.

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They didn’t have any beer on tap, but no matter.

They do serve the local IPA in a frosty mug. And that totally works.

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What time is it?

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And they have a website.

Click on the image below to get there from here. Includes menus. They also have some lodging available, as cabins.

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“The Rex Club was built in 1938. Located on Main Street in the heart of Burney, California.  It served as a dinner house, bar and hotel/motel. For many years it was the main source of entertainment for the local people, bringing in many different musicians and dancing.  Our family bought this magnificent old property in 2006, with the hope of bringing it back to its former glory. We enjoy the history of the club and love to hear everyone’s story of “the first time” they came into this place.”

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Welcome Fishermen!

With legendary fly fishing nearby, the REX CLUB knows its clientele. The authentic Burney experience, on the main boulevard.

Just about an hour drive east of Really Redding.

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Whiskeytown Memorial Sailing Regatta 2016

Every year the Whiskeytown Sailing Club hosts a regatta event on Memorial Day. It’s always so very beautiful to see so many graceful sailboats racing on the lake. Here are a few images I captured yesterday. Click to expand.
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Ducks n chicks at WhiskeytownI made a short video about the event a few years ago, and I’m re-posting it here:

In Redding we are fortunate indeed to have many lakes and rivers so nearby. Among them, Whiskeytown shines as a special jewel. The regatta event runs today, Sunday too. Well worth the short drive to see and experience.

Talon at Whiskeytown

Lake life; it’s Really Redding.

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Images of the Redding Rodeo 2016

My friend Joe Munoz was kind enough to lend me some of his images from the 2016 Redding Rodeo here at my Really Redding blog. His grandson is the brave Mutton Buster seen here. Unlike some photography that freezes the action, Joe’s images capture a more liquid and kinetic scene. A motion blur of action and adventure. And courage.

Thanks for sharing, Joe! Rodeo is Really Redding.

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Oh, those Oregon kids

Every year, I like seeing the videos produced by Oregon college kids letting off steam at Lake Shasta.


Unfortunately this year was marred by social media images of trash left behind from partygoers. That’s too bad. Slaughterhouse Island in particular received the brunt of party leftovers. Actions of adults with no supervision.

We humans are a messy species. We all seem to party with our ecosphere like we somehow own the planet. And so I guess we do own it. There’s no other species to tell us we don’t.

We’re all Oregon kids when it comes to our planet. Actions of adults with no supervision.

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