It was Memorial Day weekend and having our Airstream has made us think we are invincible when it comes to camping. Meaning we can go anywhere and get a spot somehow. Of course its true but one must not be too picky. We wanted to go check out McArthur-Burney Falls SP but only could get Thursday and Friday night. The drive was beautiful and only under three hours from home. The park is the first one I can remember hearing about from a childhood friend who every summer would travel from So Cal all the way up to MBFSP. I was impressed and thought what a great adventure, now eons later here we are.
Having to leave Burney Falls was difficult but we were heading for Lava Beds National Monument and the possibility of meeting up with friends and new adventures. The drive was beautiful, a bit confusing using too many choices (Google maps, signage, and the park website) on where to actually enter the park. We arrived only to find out all 43 sites were filled (bike race) and the sites were a bit over crowded. We found out at the visitor center we could park in the lot for the night and so we drove the Cloud to a variety of vista points and caves.
After deciding we didn’t want to spend another night in the parking lot, and tow the Airstream around the park we decided to move on and head towards home. We thought about going to Medicine Lake but 9 miles are unpaved so that was out. We chose instead to go back through Dorris on 97 and checked the ranger station finding literature on campgrounds in the Goosenest RD. Orr Lake sounded good and we drove to it. The drive was gorgeous – Mt. Shasta in the background, alpine feel and green.