I spent two weeks in Redding, California this summer at a Bethel Worship Music School with my little sister and cousin. We had a great time, but it was a long trip filled with lots and lots of work, so it was pretty tiring, but we managed to have some great adventures and a lot of laughs together! All worth it in the end. And I felt really lucky to enjoy my family as much as we enjoy each other. We're so silly in the best way when we're around each other!

When you struggle with autoimmune issues, the fear is always that you'll flare up due to travel stress or not being able to control your food and sleep when you're away. I'm happy to report that I had NO issues on this trip! It really felt like a miracle. 

Here are some of my favorite moments from the trip:


Cliff jumping at McCloud Falls. It was FREEZING, but SO worth it.


Sunset at the Shasta Dam. It was gorgeous, and we met a kind man who gave us a baseball for some unknown reason.


We crushed some In N Out because when in California... (Not technically Wilder approved, but 100% Fun-Approved.) But just as a head's up... SHAKE SHACK IS BETTER YOU HEARD IT HERE FIRST


Theory Collaborative: We loved this coffee shop Theory Collaborative in downtown Redding. The staff is super friendly and the vibes are great. (That's my amazing, hilarious, super talented cousin Zion ordering!)

Mimi Grace: This was my favorite place to eat — refined sugar free, gluten free, local produce as much as possible... Definitely Wilder-approved and recommended! And Zion loved the grain free pancakes so much he got them twice. 


Paddleboarding at Lake Shasta: As my family is well-aware of from the Vacation of 2016, Camryn and I are awful at biking. Well, as it happens, we're equally as bad at paddleboarding. But that didn't stop us from having the most fun! This was one of my favorite things we did on the whole trip! Zion was great at it and got lots of entertainment from the whole thing, but we all had such a fun time!

If you ever find yourself in the middle of Redding, I highly recommend doing as many of the outdoor activities you can fit in your schedule! It's so fun and so worth it!

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