Logging on to my social media pages every day, I guarantee that I will see a negative post towards my home place, the Pacific North West. I have been exposed to many of its negatives.
First things first, besides your small hole in the wall bar, the night life is a bit sad. I'm constantly asking myself "what is there to do tonight?". Maybe I'll sit at home and watch Netflix or go through Instagram and Facebook one too many times. Who would ever want to do a full moon hike to the top of Mount Lassen, or take a really boring drive to the top of Mount Bally to watch the meteor shower?
The next issue is the weather. You could start off in a town like Redding, where temperatures can reach up to a unbearable 115, leaving you with absolutely nothing to do except sit at home to try and think of somewhere nearby that might give you some relief from the blistering hot sun.
You decide to go a little further north to try to escape from the heat. After a short drive you have reached the Oregon border where you will find rain, snow and most likely nothing else very much interesting. Who would ever want to spend a weekend skiing on Mount Bachelor or even white water rafting down the Klamath River?
And how hard is it to just get away from it all? Finding nearby hiking trails or places that you can have all to yourself is almost impossible. Alone time? Not a chance.