Author: Mara Dobyns

Exploring Our Local Winter Wonderland – Snowshoeing, Skiing, Sledding And More

By Mara Dobyns Photos by Jessica Compton- JCM Photography In this beautiful area of Northern California we are often spoiled with snow which means we have countless opportunities for fun in the outdoor world. In my opinion it would be pretty silly not to take advantage of it. Whether you enjoy snowshoeing, cross country or downhill skiing, sledding, or just exploring your local backcountry, we’ve got something for everyone. When I was a kid having my birthday in January always meant one thing, going to our favorite local hill for play, Stover, celebrating with snow and sledding until our hands were frozen...

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Exploring Ice Caves In Lassen National Forest

Photos and Article by Mara Dobyns “Life is an adventure. It’s not about the destination we reach that’s most rewarding, it’s the journey along the way. So write it down! & treasure the memory forever…” – Barlena Morina While exploring in Lassen National Forest, take highway 36 to Wilson Lake Road 29 & 63, then make a right onto the 29 N 19 road. Next, find the E. Spur Road off of 29 N 19, and if you’re lucky, you’ll stumble upon a tree marked “Ice” in blue paint. From there just ahead you will find an opening with a...

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Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls

Dough: 3/4 cup buttermilk 1/4 cup vegetable oil 1/4 cup brown sugar 1 package (2 1/4 teaspoons) active dry yeast 3/4 cup pumpkin puree 2 1/2 cups bread flour (divided) more for flouring, sprinkling and rolling 1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice 1/2 teaspoon baking powder 1/4 teaspoon baking soda 1/4 teaspoon salt Filling: 4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) butter, melted 1/4 cup brown sugar 1/4 cup granulated sugar 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice Frosting: 4 ounces pumpkin or cinnamon cream cheese, softened (You can substitute plain cream cheese and 1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice or cinnamon) 2 tablespoons butter, softened...

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Wandering our local Caribou Wilderness to Jewel Lake

Wandering our local Caribou Wilderness to Jewel Lake By Mara Dobyns Photos by Jessica Compton and Mara Dobyns “Into the forest I go, to lose my mind and find my soul.” It is unknown who originally said this but anyone that has truly been at one with the wilderness has felt it. For me it’s when I’m hiking. That moment when the birds are singing, the trees are dancing, your shoes hitting the dirt, the sound of your heart in your ear, beads of sweat dripping, they all connect and form some kind of beautiful song. And while you’re...

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Exploring Butt Valley Reservoir

Exploring Butt Valley Reservoir By Mara Dobyns We are so lucky to live in such a beautiful and bountiful area that sometimes it can be hard to choose which lake or hiking spot to explore next. Often we can have our fishing, swimming, hiking, and camping desires all filled in the same spot making it relatively easy to make theACwhole family happy. But with so many awesome options the question still lies unanswered. Where do you go? Here’s a fun way to pick. Pull out a map of the area, close your eyes, and point. Or if you’re like...

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