Author: Mara Dobyns

Camping At Lake Britton

By Mara Dobyns Gordie: “Do you think I’m weird?” Chris: “Definitely.” Gordie: “No man, seriously. Am I weird?” Chris: “Yeah, but so what? Everybody’s weird.” This quote from the movie “Stand By Me” makes me think me of the Doctor Seuss quote, “those who matter don’t mind and those who mind don’t matter.” It’s exactly the kind of accepting and relaxed atmosphere I crave and appreciate anywhere but especially when I’m camping. Recently some friends of ours invited us to go camp and enjoy Lake Britton. We jumped at the chance and set a date that worked for all of us. It would be my family’s first camping trip of...

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The Couple Behind The Mystery Ice Cave Couch

If you’re looking for a healthy hike with an interesting story, read on. By Mara Dobyns – photos submitted Living in the mountains has its perks, stumbling upon random couches built out of a tree in the middle of the forest happens to be one of them thanks to John and Mary Lewis, the creative minds behind the ice cave couch. Mary who has been visiting the area to spend time with her grandma since she was a little girl has been creating fond memories vacationing and exploring for the past 39 years. She says they originally got the...

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Take a Healthy Hike or Bike on one of our Favorite Local Trails

  By Mara Dobyns Mountain Bikers Love Our Historic Bizz Johnson Trail and Susanville Ranch Park Trails. The historic Bizz Johnson Trail is spread across 26 miles between Westwood and Susanville with crossings over the Susan River, bridges and trestles. “The scenic ride is a favorite and has landed quite a few mountain bikers in Westwood, according to Ryan Gibbs, owner of Buffalo Chips Pizza in Westwood. The Bizz Johnson Trail winds 25.4 miles from Susanville to Mason Station. For the first 16 miles, the trail chases the Susan River. The rugged Susan River Canyon will take you across...

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Wedding Venues In Northern California

By Mara Dobyns If you’re like most girls you’ve probably been day dreaming up your wedding since you were a little girl, playing house with your dolls, marrying off your Barbie’s and Princesses, or even just imagining what your dress would look like, these things were all a part of it. Or even if you’re not like most girls maybe you’ve simply always pictured a wedding outdoors. Either way we’ve got you covered. Here is a list of some of favorite wedding venues here in our beautiful neck of the woods in Northern California. Think Outside The Box Or...

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Homemade Sugar Scrub

By Mara Dobyns Don’t get me wrong, I am a huge fan of sugar. I have a sweet tooth like no other. Unfortunately it doesn’t love me back and can cause countless health problems. So let’s talk about some of its benefits. You’re probably thinking, what?! Sugar has benefits? Yes! When it comes to skin care, sugar is one of the best. Sugar is a natural humectant. It draws moisture from the environment into your skin so when you use products with sugar or sugar derivatives they can actually help hydrate your skin and keep moisture inside! What?! Seriously. Sugar is also a natural source of glycolic acid which penetrates the skin...

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