May 2021 Vacation: Shingletown, California

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On Thursday, Gail & I left Eugene and headed to Shingletown to spend time with Gail's nephew and his wife.

How many of you have ever heard of Shingletown or know where Shingletown is? I suspect even some of the California folks have never heard of it. It's about 30 miles due east of Redding on Hwy 44. That is the road to Lassen National Park.

Shingletown's history is steeped in the logging industry.  It was originally named Shingle Camp because it was a mill for cutting roofing slats harvested from the many large pines, firs, and cedar trees in the area. It is my understanding that most of the roofing material was provided to miners during the Gold Rush era.  So, there's your history trivia for the day.  On to the fun stuff.

Anthony & Lisa moved to Shingletown from Sacramento about 3 years ago. The lifestyle is totally different... and I mean totally.  They LOVE it!  They live in a lovely one-level home on a wooded lot in the Shasta Forest Village housing community.   There are fun street names like Thumper Drive, Tinkerbell Lane, Bambi Drive, Sleepy Lane, and Chip n Dale Drive. 

The weather was amazing and we spent almost no time in the house except in the morning drinking coffee and in the evening when we went to bed.  On both Thursday and Friday evenings, we spent time around the firepit drinking wine and talking. I think Anthony was drinking something besides wine.  Captain Morgan and Sprite I think.   Anyway, this guy knows how to start a fire in a firepit. There were no flint or matches involved. There is no time to waste when building a fire in Tony's backyard. He throws in the wood and uses a blowtorch! Instant fire. 

On Saturday we went to Lassen Park. Part of the road was still closed due to snow so we settled in for a picnic lunch at Manzanita Lake.  We ate our sandwiches and watched a Bluejay stalk us waiting for our crumbs.  After our lunch, we walked part of the way around the lake and collected a few large pine cones to bring home. 

We went to dinner at Kahuna's Mongolian BBQ & Sushi restaurant down toward Redding. It was yummy and Lisa shared some of her sushi with us. Believe it or not, that is the first time I'd ever eaten sushi. It has never really appealed to me but it was quite good and I wouldn't hesitate to have it again. 

Back to the house for more fire, wine, and roasting of marshmallows.

Thanks, Tony & Lisa for showing us a good time! Consider yourselves warned... we'll be back!

Next: Bend Oregon

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Comments (17)

Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello Carol - thank you for the introduction to Shingletown - there's always room to learn more about California.  And the planners of the town obviously had a sense of humor when planning street names which only adds to its charm and history.  

May 15, 2021 08:49 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


 I have been to Shasta on a houseboat    Now I learned something new   A

May 15, 2021 09:24 AM
M.C. Dwyer
Century 21 Showcase REALTORs - Felton, CA
MC Dwyer-Santa Cruz Mountains Property Specialist

Love all the small towns in our beautiful state!   Enjoy your vacation

May 15, 2021 09:30 AM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello Carol and looks like fun and relaxing.  Thanks for sharing the photo with us here in the Rain.


May 15, 2021 10:08 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Carol, looks like you are having a fun vacation, and never heard of Shingletown.

May 15, 2021 11:17 AM
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate

Hello Carol, you are in my state now - only you are 5-6 hours from San Jose. You and Gail are making the most of your road trip ... spending time in the great outdoors! 

May 15, 2021 01:29 PM
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

Hey Carol, really am drawn to the photo of  the camp fire. Although, it's nice we can head down to our fire pit and pretend we're on vacation! It's been so enjoyable to read about your road trip. D

May 15, 2021 02:26 PM
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi Carol- you are taking the kind of vacation I like...relaxing and unhurried!!!!!  You need to go more often because I enjoy reading about your adventures. 

May 15, 2021 02:53 PM
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Carol I would love to help Anthony start one of his fires!!!!!

May 15, 2021 03:36 PM
Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

Those scenes look so relaxing, Carol.  I'd love to sit around a fire pit with a blanket over my lap about now!

May 15, 2021 10:39 PM
James Dray
Fathom Realty - Bentonville, AR
Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results

Morning Carol.

Just the other day my wife asked if we go on another long trip where would I like to go.  Without hesitation I said, South Dakota, Montana, Wyoming, Oregon and Washington State.  

May 16, 2021 12:23 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Good morning, Carol... okay... I'll admit it... I'd never heard of Shingletown until just now. What wonderful photos and what wonderful memories you made while you were there. Mongolian BBQ and Sushi certainly sounds like an "interesting" combination. (I have tried sushi and am not repeating the experience. I still get kidded that when I was in Tokyo I ate Italian food!)

May 16, 2021 04:44 AM
Brian England
Vacasa - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

You certainly are visiting some wonderful places and seeing some wonderful people!  I am glad that we are along for the ride!

May 16, 2021 05:36 AM
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667,, Broker, eXp Realty - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

That sounds like an amazing visit. I laughed at the blow torch - that would certainly get the fire started. And sushi! I love it - I'm glad you were open to the experience.

Enjoy your Sunday!

May 16, 2021 05:43 AM
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

I'm experiencing your vacation backwards in time. LOL

Seems like a great time. Looks like quite the adventure!

May 16, 2021 09:44 AM
Sharon Lee
Sharon Lee's Virtual Assistance - Jonesborough, TN
Retired and loving life

Such wonderful memories you are creating.  I hadn't heard of Singleton but have been to Lassen RV resort which is close by.  

May 16, 2021 09:57 AM
Rocky Dickerson
Realty One Group - Las Vegas, NV
Superior Service!

Well once again Carol, it looks like you know how to have a good time

May 16, 2021 01:27 PM