Courtesy Of DFG
Free Fishing days for 2013 are July 6 and September 7
Have you ever felt the excitement of watching your bobber suddenly jiggle, then dive out of sight? Feel the tap-tap-tap of a bass as it tastes the worm on the end of your line? Or having a salmon practically tear the rod out of your hands as it smashes your lure? What’s that? You say you never learned to fish?
If you are new to the sport of fishing, and not sure if you will enjoy it, a great opportunity awaits you. CDFW offers two Free Fishing Days each year. On these days, you can fish without a sport fishing license. Free Fishing Days provide a great, low-cost way to give fishing a try. Some CDFW Regions offer a Fishing in the City program where you can go fishing in the middle of major metropolitan areas perhaps just a few blocks from your home. Fishing in the City and free fishing day clinics are designed to educate novice anglers about fishing ethics, fish habits, effective methods for catching fish, and fishing tackle. You can even learn how to clean and prepare your catch so you can enjoy it for dinner that night.
While all fishing regulations, such as bag and size limits, gear restrictions, report card requirements, fishing hours and stream closures remain in effect, there are two days each year when anyone can fish without purchasing a fishing license.
On Free Fishing Days, every angler must have the appropriate report card if they are fishing for (if applicable):
• spiny lobster
or salmon in the Smith and Klamath-Trinity River Systems.
Fly Fishing Casting Basics
Courtesy of Takemefishing.org
In spin casting, the weight of the lure pulls the line off the reel. In fly casting, the weight of the line carries the fly to the fish. In fly casting, you must learn to use the fly rod to cast the weight of the fly line. You can do that quickly by following five basic principles of good fly casting:
• 1) The fly line (and fly) goes in the direction you point the fly rod tip during the cast.
• 2) Good fly casting is not strength-related; it is timing-related. You need to practice the timing of the cast to become a good caster. It takes 15 minutes a day for about a month to become a good fly caster.
• 3) Proper stroking and stopping of the fly rod are fundamental to good fly casting. The caster loads energy into the fly rod during the casting stroke. The fly rod releases the energy into the fly line in the cast. The fly caster loads a little energy (a short, low-energy stroke) into the top of the fly rod for short casts; he loads a lot of energy (a short, powerful stroke) into the middle and bottom of the fly rod for a long cast.
• 4) Casting arcs (the arc the rod makes in the air during the cast) in fly fishing are small for short casts and large for long casts.
• 5) Stopping the fly rod after the casting stroke is critical to forming the casting loop, and it allows the fly rod to unload, thereby casting the line.
Fly fishermen seldom need to cast more than 50 feet when fishing, but becoming proficient at long-distance fly casting can improve all your casting. You should learn to cast short (30 feet) first, and then practice at greater and greater distances.
You can’t learn fly casting from a book. You need to just do it. The more you practice, the better you’ll become. Practice on a lawn or pool. Casting while fly fishing is not practice. Practice allows you to focus on casting fundamentals without distractions.
The best way to learn fly casting is from an expert instructor. If one is not available, take your balanced fly rod, fly reel and fly line to your backyard. You’ll need at least 120 feet (60 feet in each direction) of lawn with no overhead obstructions.
Mark your fly line with an indelible marker at 30 feet. The marker will indicate how much line you have out when you cast. Also place hats or some other objects on the lawn 30 and 60 feet from where you will stand. The markers will help you develop the sense of distance that is critical in casting accurately to fly fish.
Grasp the fly rod firmly with your casting hand and place your thumb on top of the rod grip. When you are learning to cast, keep the fly rod butt under and in line with your wrist and forearm. That way, the rod will remain in plane during your cast. If the fly rod comes out of plane during the cast, the tip wanders and the fly line follows the tip, wandering and spoiling the cast. Stand on the lawn with your feet slightly apart. Thread the line off the reel and up through the line guides and out the tip top of the fly rod. Tie a 9-foot leader to the end of the fly line using the tube knot and tie a small piece of yarn to the end of the fly tippet. Pull about 20 feet of line off the fly reel and lay it out on the lawn to the right of where you stand (to the left if you are left-handed). Make sure the fly line is drawn tight on the lawn and is not lying in S-curves or it will not cast well.
Using a horizontal side-arm cast, flick the fly rod tip forward from your right to your left (from your left to your right if you are left-handed), and watch the fly line form a loop and roll out to your left and then settle to the grass.
Using your arm and a flick of your wrist together (the way you’d throw a Frisbee backward and a baseball forward), cast the fly line repeatedly back and forth in backcasts and forward casts. Try to make the line form candy cane-shaped loops in both your backcasts and forward casts. Loop formation is the intent of your fly casting – the tighter the loops, the better the cast.
As you stroke the rod back and forth, keep a firm wrist and stop the fly rod abruptly after each stroke. Stopping the rod allows the fly line to form a loop off the rod tip. It also allows the fly rod’s tip to turn over to unload energy into the fly line efficiently. The energy in the fly rod casts the line. You must stop the rod when making both the forward cast and the backcast to become a good fly fishing caster.
After casting sidearm for 15 minutes, or until you feel comfortable with the feel of the fly line and fly rod, try casting the rod at a 45-degree angle and then vertically. You’ll use all these casting positions when you are fly fishing, so get used to them. You want to groove your casting stroke in the position that is most comfortable for you: sidearm, 45 degrees or vertical. The fly fishing casting principles remain the same for all casting positions. The sidearm cast allows you to watch the line and thus to teach yourself timing and loop formation.
Aiming the Cast
For short casts, you aim about 4 feet above the water (or lawn). As your casts get longer, aim higher to allow the line and fly more time to reach the target. Learning to aim accurately is a hallmark of expert fly casting. Practice makes perfect, so practice.
By Melissa Wynn
As you wander off of Interstate 5 at Hwy 89 and wind past majestic Mt Shasta you will find your wheels in the quaint and historic community of McCloud, Ca. McCloud is a company built mill town with a rich past. Visitors are encouraged to take a photographic look back to McCloud’s timber and railroad beginnings.
Visit the Heritage Junction Museum on Main Street which houses 100 years worth of historical artifacts, photographs and exhibits. McCloud’s downtown area is a Nationally Registered Historic District and a visit to the McCloud River Mercantile is a must to truly get a vision of McCloud’s yesteryears. Each room at this historic location is uniquely decorated with opulent extras including a deep clawfoot bathtub in room room and another with a lighted jacuzzi tub.
Spring fed water on tap adds to the cool, crisp mountain air that bathes you in tranquility in the shadow of Mt. Shasta’s shady southern slope.
Camping, RVing, fishing, hiking and splendid volcanic tours abound in the surrounding area lending endless adventure opportunities to this delightful area of the breathtaking Sierra Cascade. Pick a lake, stream or forest path, bring a picnic and explore this amazing area.
Take a minute to enjoy the vistas, wander off the freeway and join the slower pace of mountain folks in the alpine paradise of McCloud.
By Melissa Wynn
Wildlife abounds in our neck of the woods but not all of our animal neighbors are warm and fuzzy. A select few are cold blooded, slither and come equipped with a deadly liquid poison known as venom. California hosts six venomous species of snakes. All six are Rattlesnakes:
• Southern Pacific Rattlesnake
• Speckled Rattlesnake
• Red Diamond Rattlesnake
• Western Diamond Back
• Mojave Rattlesnake
We all know these venomous vipers make the hair on the back our neck stand on end when they earn their name by shaking the rattle at the end of their tail. Here are a few things you may not know:
• Of 8,000 cases of venom poisoning per year in all of North America, only 10-15 result in fatalities.
• In many snakes, the left lung is reduced or absent.
• Some snakes lay eggs and others give birth to live young, such as the Rattlesnake.
• Venom is a prey immobilization adaptation in snakes, defense is secondary.
• Venom is 90% protein.
• Venom is composed of neurotoxins (attack nervous system) and/or hemotoxins (attack circulatory system)
• Rattlesnakes can meter the amount of venom injected when they strike.
• Rattlesnakes gain a new section to their rattle each time they shed their skin.
Many people fear snakes because of their creepy appearance and forget their importance in the natural world. Most are harmless creatures that play a vital role in their ecosystems as highly skilled predators of rodents.
Common sense is the best protection against Rattlesnakes when wandering in the nature. Watch where you place your hands, where you place your feet, and where you sit. If you find a snake, LEAVE IT ALONE! Give it plenty of space and safely enjoy the great outdoors.
Facts Courtesy of sbsc.wr.usgs.gov
In my opinion Lake Almanor offers some of the most pristine fishing in all of California. It supports healthy populations of quality trout and salmon. Because I enjoy the challenge of trolling for these elusive fish, it is where I concentrate my efforts.
When folks ask me what’s the best time of the year to catch fish the answer comes easily, the last two weeks of June and the first two weeks of July although you truly can catch quality fish all year round.
When they ask “Where and how we can catch some of these fish?” the answer becomes a bit more complicated. All fish species prefer a specific water temperature range. Salmon do best in water of about 54 degrees F. and trout like it about 59 degrees. So when the lake temperature is colder than that, fish in or near the shallower parts of the lake. In the summertime when the lake water surface temperature is in the mid to high 70’s, fish in or near where the water is deeper. The fish do move in and out of their “comfort zone” primarily for one reason-food.
Every time I think I have figured out what bait or lures are working best I get into a slump and then I hear some other fishermen sharing (bragging) of their success with some lure or bait and scent concoction that I have never heard of. Over the years, I have come to the conclusion that it is not so much what you fish with, but more importantly how and where you fish.
I almost always start out my day with at least one rod trolling blades with a half night crawler threaded onto a #4 bait holder hook. My second rod very often will have a small lure attached by a leader behind some blades. I troll the blades at 1.7 MPH, a little faster 2.0 MPH for lures only and slower at 1.0 MPH for threaded worms without blades. The most important thing about what tackle or technique to use is, if you are not getting any hits,-DO SOMETHING DIFFERENT! Change the boat speed, the fishing depth, location and/or the bait.
Where to fish? Never forget that all fish are “object freaks”. Use a good lake map to show you where the underwater points and drop offs are located. If you have a depth finder look for weed beds and rock piles that will attract and hold fish. I have figured out that I catch more fish where there is a sloping flat area near a drop off or deep channel. I think the bait fish are concentrated on the slopes and the game fish are below (looking up) for their next meal.
Having fished Lake Almanor for over 35 years there are many days that I have been very successful and like everybody else, other days that I don’t want to talk about. One thing for certain, I do enjoy hearing from folks to share info on what is working or not working. I look forward to hearing from you this summer.
Lucky Grady Fishing Guide Service
408.515.1503 VHF Radio Channel 69
Three Fantastic Falls Of McCloud
By Melissa Wynn
Where in the world can you see three waterfalls along one long path? McCloud, Ca is the place my Mountain Valley friends. Dubbed the Upper, Middle and Lower McCloud Falls these rushing waters are a must see when visiting the McCloud area. Signs to lead the way are sparse but, coming from Burney Falls, on Hwy 89 North make a left at the turn off for a campground called Fowlers. Proceed about 5 miles until you reach the marked turn for upper falls. Meander this road to explore all three falls and loop back to Hwy 89.
The Making Of A Successful Business In The Intermountain Region
By Eve DeVeir
The first year anniversary of Zaengle’s Floor & Home in Susanville illustrates the fact that regardless of economic conditions a new business can succeed in this area. Last year Mark and Quin Zaengle, along with Mark’s parents Joe and Nancy Zaengle forged forward to establish a new home store.
They were well prepared for the challenge. Marks experience includes 12 years in Southern California managing six La-Z-Boy Galleries prior to bringing his family to Susanville. He spent the last 14 years running the floor covering department and putting his design skills to use helping clients put beautiful interiors together for Robbins House of Furniture. Joe and Nancy had been an integral part of Robbins for many years.
According to Mark, “Almost every day someone walks into the showroom and says one of two things- either, “Wow I didn’t realize you have so much beautiful furniture in your store,” or “This store is so much nicer than most of the stores in larger cities.”
A Lake Almanor couple said that coming from the Bay Area they were “pleasantly surprised” to walk into the store and instantly find just what they were looking for. The icing on the cake for them was the personal service. “From the quality of the merchandise, to the sales team, and even the delivery crew we were 100% satisfied.”
The Zaengle’s aren’t the only ones willing to put their all into a new venture in our intermountain area. To name a few: In Susanville, Susanville Ford, Gift Boutique Collectibles & Antiques; Travel Inn; Joanie & Frankie’s Cupcakes; Lumberjack Restaurant and Kern’s Thrift Shop.
Chester has its’ share of new businesses including Sierra Wisteria; Wynter Willow; RJ’s Restaurant and Cornerstone Engineering. Red Onion Lake Almanor Brokers opened their doors on the Almanor Peninsula, as did Red Onion Restaurant. In Westwood, Moonlight Bar& Grill; and Edgewood Realty joined the newly renovated Old Mill Cafe. Quincy likewise added to its’ impressive array of businesses with Intermountain Paint/Quincy Paint Center; Moon’s Restaurant and Jenelli’s Bakery.
So if you’re an aspiring business owner, and have the knowledge, willingness to invest your time and money, and top notch people skills you may just be the next successful intermountain business owner.
By Eileen Majors
We ventured out to the Red Onion Grill & Bar on the Lake Almanor Peninsula to see what’s new for the season. Two decks offer views of Almanor, as does the dining room. Every attention to detail is covered with their first rate service. The ambiance of the rich, dark woods, intimate lighting and warm paint colors set the scene for an elegant dinner or casual dining with friends. There are many private tables and large places to celebrate with friends. A children’s coloring table is set up to make families feel welcome and truly enjoy their dining experience. A fire in the bar area kept everyone cozy while one couple shared a game of pool in the lounge.
The restaurant was filling up fast with all the folks who were returning to their lake homes for the summer. In the bar, others met for drinks and hors d’ oeuvres. I noticed the deep fried asparagus. Lightly dipped in a tempura batter and fried, it is my favorite appetizer. The dipping sauce adds the perfect touch. A Sausage Trio appetizer includes three fire-grilled artisan sausages served with mustard, horseradish, sauerkraut, pepperoncini and warm house bread. Enjoy a game on the big screen in the bar, which has its own separate deck, making it a perfect place to unwind.
The menu offers a delicious selection of fresh seafood like their Beer-Battered Shrimp and Mediterranean Salmon. This yummy selection of broiled, fresh Pacific Salmon fillet is encrusted in a mixture of garlic, artichoke hearts, sun-dried tomatoes and Parmesan, delivering amazing flavor.
Freshly prepared pasta dishes are now also available with gluten-free pasta. Each entree at Red Onion is served with your choice of their homemade soup of the day or house salad, and of course their delicious, freshly baked bread. Slowly roasted, Black Angus Prime Rib is juicy and flavorful.
Their fire-grilled homemade, half-pound Angus burger is set up with chipotle mayo, apple-wood smoked bacon with choice of cheese, including pepper jack or gorgonzola. For $11.95 it comes with fries, sweet potato fries or onion rings.
If you are a lover of fish tacos, try theirs, made with flaky catfish fried in a crispy beer batter. For $12.95, you get a choice of fries, or onion rings. Many entrees offer a grilled shrimp skewer on the side. The thick and tasty shrimp were sprinkled with a light blend of spices and perfectly grilled.
Owners Filip and Eva Laboda are adding more healthy choices to the menu this year, including a vegetarian flatbread served with hummus and salad. They also offer a nice selection of freshly made desserts each evening. We were offered a choice of coconut cream pie, lemon cheesecake or créme brulée. Find your way to the Red Onion this season, or any season! Make a reservation by calling 530-258-1800 or view their menu online at redoniongrill.com
Mid-Summer Madness 2013 Planned For Foxwood
The Rotary Club of Chester and the Lake Almanor Elks Lodge #2626 have joined together to present the Fourth Annual Mid-Summer Madness to again be held at the Foxwoods Park in their premier setting among the pines and lush landscaping event at Lake Almanor Saturday, July 27.
The Rotarians and the Elks represent two of the largest charitable organizations serving the Lake Almanor area. By joining forces for this popular event, they are able to maximize their manpower and resources to provide an exceptional evening of great food, wine, and spirits from some of the finest restaurants and wineries. Local artisans will also be on hand to display their wares.
The evening also includes both a silent auction, and a live auction of some fabulous prizes that will go to the highest bidder. Music and dancing will follow in the Foxwood Pavillion. Serving over 400 participants in prior years, this is a “don’t miss it” evening.
The funds raised will remain in the local community, funding both the Rotarians and the Elks scholarships to local high school students, as well as financial support for youth programs and activities in the Lake Almanor area.
Tickets are limited or this once a year affair. For information and tickets call (530) 258-2516, or go to www.MidSummerMadness.info.
Cutting Firewood Safely
By Melissa Wynn
One of the best parts of living in the woods is a crackling fire in the fireplace, reminding us all that it’s that time of year to fill the wood shed once again. Gathering firewood can be a great way to spend a family weekend as long as everyone is aware of the dangers.
Running a chainsaw is serious business and safety precautions like heavy eye protection, sturdy gloves, ear plugs and a durable hard hat are a must. Accidents happen, so it is always a good idea to have at least one buddy along when felling trees and bucking up logs in the woods. A helping hand is also a plus when it is time to load the heavier rounds into the truck.
Tree felling requires skill, technique and practice. Always consult an experienced faller and go along for the ride a few times to watch and learn before ever trying to fall a tree. Please consider these common dangers of tree felling listed by OSHA:
Throwback. As a tree falls through other trees and lands, branches and other objects may get thrown back toward the logger. To prevent this, avoid felling trees onto other trees or objects. Do not turn your back on the tree as it falls, look up as you escape along the retreat path.
Terrain. Hazardous conditions can be created when a tree is felled onto stumps, rocks or uneven ground. If possible, move obstacles in the way of the falling tree or change the felling direction.
Lodged Tree. Trees do not always fall all the way to the ground, and instead must be pushed or pulled down by a machine.
Widow Maker. This refers to broken limbs hanging freely in the tree to be felled or in other trees nearby. Knock down all of these branches or pull them down before beginning work. Never work underneath them.
Snag. This term refers to a standing dead, rotting or broken tree positioned near the tree to be felled. Use a machine to bring these trees down before beginning work. It must be felled or avoided by at least two tree lengths.
Spring Pole. This is a tree, limb or sapling that is under tension due to the weight of another tree or object. Use a machine or chain saw to release the tension before beginning work in the area.
Know the dangers and cut safely! Wood cutting permits are required and available at your local forestry office.
OSHA tips courtesy of www.nsc.org
Joanie & Frankie’s Cupcakes Is “Hidden In Plain Sight”
By Eileen Majors
If you find yourself driving through Susanville en-route to Eagle Lake, Lake Almanor, Oregon, the Reno-Tahoe area, or just out and about, there’s a gem of a little shop hidden in plain sight you won’t want to miss.
Joanie & Frankie’s Cupcakes is nestled right next to the historic Sierra Theatre in the uptown area. The name pays tribute to owner Carolyn Ingram’s mother Joanie, who encouraged her to follow her dreams. And follow it she does by creating “Wicked Good” cupcakes and other delicacies to tempt even the staunchest will power.
Think not? Consider the Chocolate Overload Cupcake. Moist chocolate cake is topped with chocolate icing made with Hershey’s Cocoa, sprinkled with chocolate “Jimmies,” and topped with a malt ball! How about a Reese’s Explosion that’s Reese’s from top to bottom, and topped with a peanut butter cup? Or a smooth and creamy Vanilla Loves Vanilla, Red Velvet, or cream filled Boston Cream may be more to your liking.
There’s no end to Carolyn’s imagination. For example one of her weekly creations, the Banana Split featured a banana slice in the cake, topped with swirled chocolate, strawberry, and vanilla frosting, with a chocolate fudge drizzle, sprinkled with nuts and a cherry on top!
This ambitious lady has added homemade bread, Irish Soda Bread, streusel, carrot cake, chocolate brownies, cookies, parfaits, and even cinnamon rolls on Saturday mornings.
Students from a prior job she held faithfully drop by each Thursday for Brownie Day, a tradition started when she worked as a cook at Richmond School.
A transplant from Boston MA, Carolyn said she fell in love with the Susanville area that reminded her of home. “It’s a great place to raise kids,” she said.
Employee Kristie Hoelzll said she jumped at the chance to take part in the venture. Baking since she was seven years old under her mother and grandmother’s watchful eyes, she says “It’s my de-stresser.”
The shop is located at 809 Main Street, open Tuesday through Friday 11-5, and Saturday 9-3.
By Melissa Wynn
Sometimes dining out can seem like the same old, hum drum, cookie cutter menu and décor. So when my friend Marilyn and I had a chance to go to lunch in Chico, we decided to go to The Italian Cottage. This favorite of the locals is anything but average. Walking through the door filled my senses with all the best Italian has to offer. Grapevines and fairy lights surround the dark wooden booths and the artwork reminded me how famous the Italians are for loving wine. Aromas of garlic and a slow simmering sauce invited me to sit down and bring my appetite. I was instantly smitten by the sawdust on the floor, no cookie cutter décor here. Each smiling server is adorably clad in peasant garb from the Italy of antiquity. How fun is that!
Our lovely server Melissa appeared immediately to quench our thirst with a wonderfully tart lemonade for me and a tall glass of iced tea for my guest. Perhaps the most difficult part of a visit to the Italian Cottage is deciding what to order. I finally settled on the meatball sub, a divine sandwich on a soft Italian roll, heaped with meatballs and smothered with cheese and savory marinara sauce. Too yummy! Marilyn went all out and tried the homemade lasagna that made The Italian Cottage famous with the luxurious layers of meat and melting cheeses. Oh my, Oh my. Everyone has a favorite Italian dish and this amazing dining choice in Chico has them all. Whether you are into pizza, pasta, salads, soups or just good old fashion garlic bread and wine, this is the place to be.
Not into the “vino?” No worries, The Italian Cottage also boasts a full service bar with all your favorite beers and cocktails. They can even cater all their delicious fare at your next meeting or event. Bring a friend and break away from the norm with an Italian adventure in dining with Robyn and the crew at one of Chico’s finest, the charming and homey Italian Cottage.
The Italian Cottage
By Melissa Wynn
Come wet a line with us and help support Eastern Plumas Rural Fire Protection District and Water Rescue Equipment at the annual Lake Davis Spring Fishing Derby. Prizes, including money and next years entry, will be awarded in categories for adults and juniors (under 16). Also, bring your favorite youngster to enter in the Dad & Me category. Even a prize for the smallest fish will be awarded, along with many more prizes in the raffle drawing.
Headquarters for this “fish on” favorite will be at J&J’s Grizzly Store and Camping Resort at 7552 Lake Davis Road at Lake Davis near Portola, Ca.
You can register for the derby at headquarters until 8:00 pm on June 14th. Registration is available until noon in Portola at K&S Market, Leonard’s Market, Firehouse Thrift and Valu-Wide Discount. Graegle residents and visitors can also sign up until noon at the Graegle Frosty. Derby entries on derby day will be taken at headquarters and at Honker Cove boat ramp.Entry forms are available online at www.graeagleplumas.com/springderby.html. Entry fees are $20 to pre-register and $25 on derby day. For more information contact Jeanne by phone at 530- 832-0270. Come on out and bait a hook!
Meet The Artist
By Melissa Wynn
California is a state of stunning beauty, especially when you get a close up look through the lens of Josh McNair of CaliforniaThroughMyLens.com. We sat down for a short Q&A about where it all started. Join Us!
What inspired you to do photography?
For me I am a constant creative. For my entire life I have always been inspired to pursue different artistic adventures, be it playing music in high school, videography in college and now making the move into photography. I have a love for nature and the beauty that it provides on a daily basis so it is constantly inspiring me to better capture what I see so that hopefully others can experience it the same way I do.
You photography shows your love of the outdoors, have you always been an adventurer?
Honestly, I have really fallen in love with the outdoors in the last 5 years. A friend and I took up hiking around that time and when I got out in the forest, saw my first local waterfall and realized how much I missed by not heading out more often then I knew I could not afford to stay inside when there was so much to experience. Since then my hiking has shown me some of the most beautiful places in California, be that the summit of Mt Whitney (the tallest mountain in the lower 48), the cables of Half Dome or the sheer power and beauty of McArthur-Burner Falls. I am a constant adventurer as my wife can attest to. Every weekend I am looking for a new place to experience.
Did you go to school for photography?
Nope I never went to school for photography, I just got a camera, started to shoot with it and read all of the blogs and online information I could. I am constantly learning and just last week I was talking with another photographer I met online that helped me tweak a few more things. This is the unique thing about the time we live in, there are so many ways to interact and dialogue with people online.
As far as photography goes, currently I just do it for myself. I am toying with the idea of setting up an online store where I can at least sell my images, but in terms of what I do on my site it is just for my own enjoyment and to inspire others to go outdoors. If anyone wants to contact me for photos or permissions just email me, email@example.com.
I love the Mountain Valley Living area and have hiked Lassen Peak and Bumpass Hell and spent time in McArthur-Burney Falls State Park, which is probably one of my favorite places in all of California. You can see all of my write ups and photographs of these places on my site californiathroughmylens.com as well.
Thank you for this opportunity and I would love to hear from your readers if they have ideas for me. Check out these great shots of McCloud Falls.
[/media-credit] Photo by Josh McNair
[/media-credit] Photo by Josh McNair
Enjoy the Seasons of Mt. Lassen
By Jaime Vega
On top of the enormous Lassen Volcanic National Park sits perfectly the radiant, most dazzling lake I’ve ever seen in my life. Emerald Lake is very well known for its breathtaking color and clarity, in the summer, that is. Don’t let its beauty fool you into jumping in for a swim, because the lake consists of fresh water runoff from the melted snow in the mountains, meaning it is very cold. The lake is a sight to behold during any season of the year. There is always something beautiful and worth seeing during each visit.
November through April the mountain and the surroundings are covered in the most massive white blanket of snow, which reaches as high as 700 inches! You cannot see the lake at this point of time, but seeing that much snow is one of the shocking experiences ever. Driving around Mountain Lassen Park during the colder months is like a winter wonderland; as you get closer to the peak the road stops. From here you can get out of your vehicle and enjoy the magnificent views. Be sure to wear sun block and protective eye wear as well. The snow brightens the scene.
May through July is when the snow begins to melt and recede, revealing an immaculate palate of colorful plant life. The lake has started to thaw and show its true colors just as the landscape has. One of the exciting features this lake provides is an opportunity to sit along the shore and witness eagles hunting for fish. Since the snow is at its melting point, as you’re exploring around you can hear the ground splashing and grunting from the soft watery mud and rocks grinding against each other with each step you take.
August through October I would have to say is my favorite time to visit Lassen Volcanic National Park. By this time most of the snow is gone and the lake is looking its best. The weather at the park is usually nice in the fall. For this reason my family and I always take along a picnic so we can hike around, and then eat lunch after. I have been going there since I was a little kid, My dad showed me a special spot. Ever since then we have been returning every year. It reminds my family and I of all the great times we’ve had with my father.
One of my favorite things to do when I’m there is skip rocks and just clear my mind and forget about everything that has been going on while I breathe in that fresh pine scent, enjoying the peace and quiet. All I hear is a stream of water, the eagles calling up above, frogs splashing on the shore line and a cricket or two a couple feet away. After you’ve spent a day out there and you’re relaxed, it’s back to reality and hoping you get the time to come back soon.
By Melissa Wynn
Photos Courtesy Of Pine Cone RV Park
Every May, when the promise of summer lingers in the breeze, Richard and Marge Fernandez hook up their twenty-nine foot Challenger fifth wheel and leave Magalia for their Lake Almanor summer home at Pine Cone Lodge RV Park. As they pull into the driveway Richard knows his first fishing trip of the year is just minutes away.
“ This is the nicest park on the lake.” Claims Fernandez. “ They even set and level the fifth wheel while we make our first troll for trout. I don’t worry about the boat either. My (boat) slip is included in the space rent and it’s waiting in the water when we get here. When we leave in October they will pull it out, winterize it, wrap it and store it indoors until we come again in May. Outstanding service has brought us back to Pine Cone Lodge eight years running.”
By the time Richard and Marge float in with the first days catch their summer home is ready to go. Each week the staff mows the little lawn and empties the waste can at their beautiful, lakefront, full hook up rv sight. Three minutes from the front door to the boat, and no chores, can’t beat that!
Year after year this lovely couple reunites with the same crowd of summer friends, from the Reno Sparks area, that also call this mountain paradise home for the summer. Lazy sunset strolls on the sandy beach and many a night around a crackling campfire strengthen these special friendships that span decades and the map.
The possibilities are endless in our shady Mountain Valley neighborhood. RV parks, campgrounds and National Forests dot the map from Redding to Reno, Mount Shasta to the sprawling valley near Chico. Be ye gambler, fisherman, prospector or extreme outdoorsman there is an RV community to fit your personality near the outdoor adventure that calls to you.
Hook up your favorite home on wheels and drop in on Richard and Marge, test the sparkling waters of Lake Almanor and maybe Pine Cone Lodge RV Park will become your place to spend the summer worry free in your RV.
By Melissa Wynn
I was so excited when photos of wolverines were captured proving that these shy and illusive creatures still exist wild in the Sierra. The photos were taken right next door in Tahoe National Forest, so it isn’t far fetched that Plumas or Lassen National Forest might have a yet undiscovered population as well.
I believe I saw a wolverine in Seneca canyon in the mid eighties but there must be a photo or some other tangible evidence to be a documentable sighting. Have you ever seen a wolverine in Plumas or Lassen National Forest? We would be thrilled to discover that one of our readers documented the first Plumas or Lassen National Forest wolverine sighting.
Many outdoors enthusiasts who thought they saw a wolverine in fact saw a North American Badger. The two are quite different and it is easy to tell them apart when you know what you are looking for.
The North American Badger is known for its short and stocky build. The mostly black legs are short and the grizzled looking, grayish body is wide and almost flat, like a footstool. Unique facial markings however are what really tell that a badger is a badger. The nose and snout are black and the black continues between the eyes and up over the head. A broad white stripe divides the black from the center of the snout up over the top of the stubby-eared head.Cream colored or white cheeks, chin and under belly top off the tuxedoed appearance of the bossy badger.
Wolverines wear a totally different coat and build than the badger. Wolverine fur is long and often sports a dark reddish brown saddle marking. A lighter coat color extends from the wide black snout and face, over the head and surrounding the saddle to the base of a long shaggy black tail. The sturdy black legs can move these mysterious critters over mountain tops at speeds of forty miles per day.
Badgers and wolverines are both dangerous, wild animals. Never approach them! Snap a photo from a safe distance or gather a hair or scat sample once they’ve gone to document your sighting.
Family Playground/ Fisherman’s Paradise
Special to Mountain Valley Living Magazine
By Bryan Roccucci
photos by Bryan Roccucci
Located a short 17 mile drive from the town of Quincy, California is Bucks Lake. Bucks lies in a beautiful granite basin surrounded by tall evergreens at 5200 feet, and has often been referred to as the centerpiece of recreation in Central Plumas County. The dam was completed in 1928, transforming the lush Bucks Valley into the present day Bucks Lake and bringing it into what is now P.G.&E.’s California Hydro-electric Project. The lake itself has 14 miles of shoreline and roughly 1800 surface acres and is fed by five tributaries, which keep the average water temperatures cool and perfect for trout. Most of the lake’s northern shoreline is surrounded by wilderness and scenic views, while the southern side of the lake is dotted with cabins located on P.G.&E. and Forest Service leased land. This is also where you will find most of the services.
Bucks Lake has just the right amount of services available to travelers, families and fishermen alike. There are several lodges at the lake offering cabin rentals, motel rooms, restaurants and supplies. Two marinas offer docks, fuel, boat rentals, and other services to the boater and fisherman. There is also a quaint bed and breakfast/ store built on the site of a historic resort from Bucks Lake’s past. These businesses are all small family owned affairs and you can expect service that reflects that. If camping is more your style; there are a variety of campgrounds, both public and private, that are on or near the lake.
Bucks Lake offers year round recreation with cross country skiing, snow shoeing and snowmobiling being the most popular in winter. During the summer months, it is a popular spot for hiking, mountain biking, boating and of course fishing. Despite its popularity, it never really seems crowded. It is not uncommon at peak season to only see several other boats out in the early morning fishing. The peak season at the lake runs from Memorial Day weekend until Labor Day, but savvy fishermen know that some of the best action happens in spring and fall.
Fishing is probably the most common reason people venture to Bucks Lake. With five species of sport fish waiting to be caught; at Bucks something is always biting. Bucks Lake has always been known as a solid fishery for both Browns and Rainbows and many historical accounts often refer to both good quality and quantity. In the last 10 to 15 years Bucks has also been making a name for itself with the trophy Mackinaw that have been caught. Mackinaw or Lake Trout (actually, like Brook Trout, not even a trout but a member of the Char family) are probably most well know as the sport fish of Lake Tahoe. They also inhabit a number of Sierra lakes. Mackinaw can grow to very large size (as evidenced by the Bucks Lake record of 30 pounds) if the right conditions exist, and one of the biggest factors is food. These fish require large amounts of food to support their metabolism, which brings me to another of the five species found in the lake- Kokanee.
Kokanee, which are freshwater Sockeye Salmon, were originally planted into Bucks Lake in the 1950’s and found the lake’s conditions to their liking. The Kokanee population at Bucks exploded despite efforts to reduce their numbers and now can be seen each fall in large numbers spawning in Bucks Creek. In addition to providing the Mackinaw with a meal, they also have become a favorite target of many anglers, providing a great battle for their size as well as excellent table fare. Brook Trout, the last of the five species, provide great action all summer long. Most of the time these fish are found at or near the mouth of the lake’s tributaries taking advantage of the cool water entering the lake.
Shoreline access for anglers is abundant and literally surrounds the lake. Access can range from spots that can be driven to or are reached by short walks. The most common technique employed by shore based anglers at Bucks is bait fishing. Bait such as night crawlers, power bait, and salmon eggs are the most used. Casting lures from shore can also produce fish. Classic lures like Kastmasters, spinners and small Rapalas are some of the favorites. Most of the fish taken by “bankies” are Browns, Bows, or Brookies.
Boat fishing at Bucks is both popular and productive. Bait fishing often occurs in the same areas as the bank fishing but a boat offers the angler access to much more water. Most boats seen on the lake will be trolling. Trolling is one method that can consistently produce all five species of fish just by changing tackle, depth and location. Many types of tackle will produce trout from flasher/worm combos to hardware like spoons and spinners in a variety of colors. In order for me to diagram the tackle used to catch Kokanee I would need a lot more space than the editors are willing to grant me. Brightly colored lures, dodgers and spinners are at the foundation of any Kokanee box. To single out a few that seem to work best at Bucks; I would say color combinations of watermelon and pink are consistently good. (Always tipped with corn) Most of the Mackinaw caught each year at Bucks Lake fall to boat fishermen. Trolling large lures that resemble Kokanee or other fish is very productive. Vertical jigging is another method used to trigger stubborn Mackinaw to strike, and works well during the summer months when fish are hugging the bottom. While Bucks holds good numbers of trophy Mackinaw, they are not the easiest fish to catch and are very temperamental. Small fluctuations in water levels, temperatures and the weather can turn their bite on and off like the flipping of a switch. The prime time for the “Macs” is early season, just after ice out, through June.
Fly-fishing can also be very exciting at Bucks. Casting small wet flies during spring and summer near the mouths of the tributaries will usually produce fish. If you have a tube or small boat, even better; this will increase your opportunities. In Fall, float tubes are king. Every year during the late season fly anglers in tubes account for some of the nicest fish caught on the lake.
Note: There are two roads that lead to Bucks Lake from the Quincy side. Just after the town of Meadow Valley the road splits, to the right, Bucks Lake Road climbs quickly, wrapping you through a series of sharp narrow corners to the top at Bucks Summit and is not recommended for RV and larger boats and trailers. To the left, you will find Big Creek Road which is longer but a much more gentle grade and wider roadway. From the west, Bucks Lake can be accessed via the Quincy-Oro Highway, a two lane road leaving the town of Oroville. This road was once very steep and narrow, but in recent years much work has been done, and it is now a nice drive and easily accessible with RVs and trailers. One word of caution; because none of these roads are maintained during winter past certain points, it is wise to check with local authorities as to their status before heading up, especially early and late in the season. Usually the first springtime access to the lake will occur from the Quincy side, followed later by the Oroville side.
About the author:
Capt. Bryan Roccucci is a full time professional fishing guide and operator of Big Daddy’s Guide Service. Bryan specializes in year round trophy trout fishing while emphasizing light tackle fishing techniques on Lake Almanor (Jan.-May), Lake Davis (May), Bucks Lake (May – Sept.), Lake Tahoe (June – Sept.) and Eagle Lake (Sept. – Dec.) To book a trip on Bucks Lake or any of the other waters fished by Bryan or for more information please visit www.bigdaddyfishing.com or call (530) 283-4103.
Copyright © 2013 Bryan Roccucci All Rights Reserved
Exercise In The Peace Of Nature
Lake Almanor Recreation Trail
By Melissa Wynn
We all know that simply walking is one of the best things we can do for our own good health. Treadmills are boring, so why not do your walking on the banks of Lake Almanor in the shadow of majestic Mount Lassen? The Lake Almanor Recreation Trail is just the place to breath fresh mountain air while wandering among the pines. Exercise doesn’t have to be strenuous, mountain meandering is healthy for the body and the soul.
Lake Almanor Recreation Trail is an easy to moderate hike that winds along 9.5 miles of the sparkling West Shore of Lake Almanor parallel to Hwy 89. Whether you are walking, running, jogging or bicycling you are sure to catch a glimpse of the local bald eagles, osprey, deer and other friends of the forest. Relaxing vistas and subtle elevation changes make for a great, low impact, calorie burning afternoon.
Popular access points along Hwy 89 include…
- Canyon Dam Boat Launch
- Rocky Point Campground
- Almanor West Campground
- Cedar Chalet Bakery (intersection of HWY 36 and HWY 89)
Join us for some exercise in the peace of nature. It’s an outing, not a workout!
Water Craft Maintenance Courtesy Of Paul’s Automotive
Warm weather is here! The lake is calling you to come out and play. The wind, the speed, the waves… but wait… did you forget to service your pleasure boat or personal water craft? They require regular oil changes. The frequency will vary by model, but a good rule of thumb is to change the oil every 100 hours of operation or at least once a year. Remember, your valued investment and summer toy has been sitting approximately a year and needs attention before hitting the water.
If you remembered to winterized your toy you need to re-install the fluids, drain plugs, replace the filter, make sure the battery is charged, and check the ignition system. If you forgot to winterize your toy, you may have other issues occurring that you do not want to find out about on the middle of a lake.
I always forget about my trailer. I admit I have been stuck on the side of the road just because I did not think about repacking those wheel bearings after dunking that trailer in and out of the lake the year before.
Trailer lights, do they still work? Are any of the wires hanging? What shape are the tires in? Is it time for trailer brakes? A curvy, steep road with no place to pull over is not the time to find these things out.
Ensure that your bilge (force) pump is functioning properly. Having your boat sink is a sure fire way to dampen your outing. The correct battery and condition of battery is essential to the length of time the pump will run and may be the difference between a new found lake reef or getting your boat back to dry land.
What about the vehicle you are using to tow your toy? Is it ready for summer fun? Pulling a loaded trailer is a lot of work for your vehicle. Your vehicle needs to be in the best operating condition possible. I offer a summer special that includes (for most vehicles): Oil Service, Brake Inspection, Starting / Charging System Testing, AC Service and Pressure Test of Cooling/ Heating systems. Bring your vehicle and summer toy in together to help limit the amount of time you spend in a shop instead of at the lake.
Remember to check your emergency kits too! Everyone should have an emergency kit in their vehicle. It is recommended to have flares, duct and electrical tape, drinking water, a first aid kit, blankets, clothing, a hand held radio, engine oil, washer fluid, coolant and a flashlight. Be sure to check or change your flashlight and radio batteries before every trip. The same kit should be in your boat with these additions: a water-resistant dry box to store your items in, a tarp, spark plugs, spare fuel hose / line, an incredibly loud air horn, aerial flares (flare gun), and a highly visible distress flag. Ask your Harbor Master if you should have other supplies based on the body of water you are enjoying that day.
Take care of your toys before your day of fun turns into a day that is done.
Greenhorn Guest Ranch-A Step Back In Time
Imagine loading your young family, and all your worldly goods into a covered wagon and embarking on a seven month journey over rough and dangerous terrain to a place you know little about. That’s what the original owners of Greenhorn Guest Ranch did when they headed west in 1853 to settle in the lush Mohawk Valley near Quincy, CA.
The rich heritage is brought to life today by owner Trish Wilburn who has created an internationally known vacation spot complete with Old West hospitality and activities set in tranquil, yet awe inspiring Plumas County.
Choices are boundless when it comes to activities Greenhorn offers miles of trails for horseback riding, wagon rides, cookouts, fishing, and swimming.
Rodeo games are ever popular, along with other sports and games. Bonfire sing-alongs never run out of style while the fully stocked Saloon offers western dancing and Karoke.
Exploring the nearby areas you’ll find 292 miles of scenic trails, fishing, gold panning, rafting, sailing, spectacular drives and historic finds.
Friday Nights feature an “All You Can Eat” Rib and Chicken Bar-B-Q. Visitors and locals gather early to take a horseback or horse-drawn wagon ride before dinner, or opt to hike, fish or take a dip in the heated pool.
Destination weddings are a specialty at Greenhorn Ranch. They can accommodate up to 100 people, and create the wedding of your dreams. Family reunions and other special gatherings also find a “home away from home” here.
“Meetings and Retreats at Greenhorn Ranch are like none other,” says Trish. “We feature a majestic Greenhorn Guest Ranch Plumas county setting, rustic accommodations, room to breathe and an optimal space to conduct effective meetings and meaningful retreats.” Fly into Reno-Tahoe Airport 70 miles away, or Gansner Aiprort in Quincy just 12 miles away.
Perhaps better yet is the budget pleasing value. Your vacation or getaway is all inclusive, so you don’t have to worry about the cost building up after you get there. There is no minimum stay required. Group rates are available, and are tailored to your needs.
Antique Hunting Tips
By Melissa Wynn
Living in an area steeped in railroad and logging history makes our neighborhood an especially attractive area for antique hunters. Small towns, hundreds of years old, are dotted with mom & pop antique shops and yard sales dot the mountainside all summer long. Here are a few tips to find the terrific treasure that history left behind in our neck of the woods. Happy hunting.
- Hit those yard sales early, the early bird gets the worm.
- Stop at every hole in the wall thrift shop and antique store.
- Flea Markets are treasure hot spots, go early!
- Homes with a lot of out buildings that have been there forever are good stops too. Be your on American Picker!
- Keep your eyes open when wandering in the wild. Arrow heads and other ancient treasures are out there and a lucky few find them!
Indoors Pool Adds to Family Fun in Anderson
By Eileen Majors
If you are looking for a getaway that the whole family will enjoy, consider some fun in Anderson, CA. We went to research some of the best fishing in the state, along the Sacramento River, and ended up stumbling onto a really fun family trip.
It is always nice to descend from the mountains to a lower elevation in the springtime to feel the warmer weather, and that was my idea. We were pleasantly surprised upon arrival. The Baymont Inn in Anderson has a really nice indoor pool and spa area. It was then I realized I wished I had brought some kids along. There is plenty to do in Anderson so definitely bring the whole family. The outlet stores stretched across the parking lot that lead out of our hotel. We found Mary’s Pizza Shack also in the shopping center where we enjoyed a really nice dinner. There are Mary’s’ shacks spread from there to the bay area, and it is obvious why they are so successful. We will be heading back there for more dining fun son.
The Jolly Giant Flea Market is another fun family stop and it is not far from our cozy room at the Baymont Inn in Anderson. With fabulous finds from antiques to produce and tools, this place is indoors and is well worth a look.
As soon as we arrived at the Baymont, our gracious hostess Karen pointed out the fresh coffee station where flavored creamer and half and half are dispensed. You can enjoy a hot beverage and watch the kids swim. The Baymont Inn is also located just down the road from the fairground which gets pretty important this time of year. The Shasta District Fair will take center stage June 12 through 15, 2013. The theme this year is “Let Freedom Ring”.
We arrived for our stay and were immediately pleased to see the sparkling indoor pool next to the lobby. We were warmly greeted by manager Karen.
She pointed out the 24-hour fresh coffee in the big “stay fresh” hot pots along with the dispenser next to it for CoffeeMate® or half and half. I’m happy. Our room had just been renovated in rich colors with comfortable beds too.
Check out Anderson for family fun and great fishing.
By Melissa Wynn
We all love camping in the great outdoors. The birds sing by day and the frogs and crickets play the night show. But, when bedtime comes, not all of us are prepared to sleep on the ground in a sleeping bag. A bed and some running water isn’t too much to ask for is it?
These days, there is an RV or camp trailer to fit every lifestyle and budget. Don’t stay home, bring all the comforts camping with you in the home on wheels of your dreams. From the Grandma and Grandpa dragging the old silver Streamliner behind the station wagon, to the snow bird crowd that sports luxury modern RV models, the irresistible summer season brings us together year after year.
What is your RV living style? Do you prefer the simple shelter with the bed, stove and refrigerator basics? Maybe some propane lighting to play cards by at night is all you need during your commune with nature. Perhaps you are the type to go all out. Bring on the best with recliners, microwave and satellite tv on an HD flat screen. Slide out the extra space in the living area and invite that nice couple you met at your favorite campground last year. Many of these priceless summer friendships last a lifetime.
Our amazing Sierra mountain home hosts an amazing number of world class fishing opportunities. Whether you prefer stream, river or lake, trout bass or salmon there is an RV friendly campground nearby to call home for as long as you feel like.
Life is short friends and neighbors, explore the mountains and the valleys. Step away from the rush and demands of life now and then. Hike a hillside or meander a meadow, bring the RV and spend a few days. Rugged tent camping can be great fun but there is no reason that camping can’t be comfortable. Pack up your portable home and join us in some Mountain Valley RV Living!
By Charles P. Watson
Everyone is talking about GOLD
. The elusive yellow metal has been sought after for thousands of years, been the cause of wars, the pillaging of cities and nations, but is also a symbol of affection and love. It is precious, it is valuable and it is very, very pretty. The history of gold is riddled with tall tales, folk lore, and exaggerations that would make the less inclined scoff and say “bah humbug! There’s no more gold out there!” But knowledgeable miners and prospectors of today are still finding gold in them thar hills, and many are becoming pretty darn rich – and having fun doing it!
Plumas County is one of the richest gold-bearing counties in California, with nearly every creek, stream and river showing some sort of color. Tailings from the historic prospectors are common along the stream banks, but as we all know their equipment was inefficient and they missed a lot!!
There are two sources of gold, either lode or placer. Lode is bedrock gold. It is often associated with quartz veins or fractures that often look like the rocks were baked at a high temperature. The process on how the gold was trapped in the quartz is complicated but usually involves intense geothermal processes at some great depth below the surface. Over time, the overburden is eroded away exposing the veins whereby today’s prospectors can now see them.
Mining of the lode deposit consists of digging out the vein, crushing the material, and separating the gold from the rock. The gold is usually chunky and looks like Grapenuts. Crushers come in various shapes and sizes. On a small scale, the most common method is a heavy chain whirling at high speeds in a bell housing. There is a portal whereby appropriately sized rock chunks are fed into the machine. There is a screen that allows only the fine dust (-100 mesh) to pass through. Once powered up, the prospector can use either water or chemicals to recover the gold.
Gold is soluble in a number of solutions and once in solution, it can be precipitated back out as pure gold. Just like salt dissolves in water, gold dissolves in mercury, cyanide, aqua regia, bromide or bromine salts, thiourea, thiosulfates and many more. Mercury and cyanide are toxic and not advised for the small prospector, but other chemicals are environmentally and easy to use. Precipitation of gold in solutions is as easy as putting an electrical charge to a zinc plate. The gold ion is replaced by zinc and merely falls out of the solution. Just heat up the precipitate and pour your gold bars.
There are do-it-yourself gold leaching kits on the markets that work quite effectively. It is not rocket science, but it does take some common sense and safety precautions to recover gold from lode sources. The hard part is digging it out of the vein – and that can be backbreaking!
Placer gold is where the gold has been eroded from the bedrock and is now found in the stream gravels. It is usually free gold, but sometimes has bits of quartz or country-rock still attached. Since it has tumbled down the river, the edges are rounded – hence, the term nuggets!
Where do you find the placer gold? Most of the time it is at the bottom of the gravel deposit on the bedrock. Gold is the heaviest object in the stream so the gold will tend to bounce along the bedrock, often getting caught in cracks and fractures. Moss tends to be the natural carpet of the stream and will allow the gold to nestle-down and become trapped. Grass clumps and tree roots act the same way.
Although modern-day prospectors have a lot of tools at their disposal to mine for gold, including excavators, dozers, and trommels, the old pick ‘n shovel and pan are still the preferred method. Suction dredging currently is not allowed in active waterways in the State of California, but there are several less evasive methods available to the prospector to recover the gold, such as a sluicebox or highbanker. A sediment transfer system (STS) can replace the suction dredge to suction the sediment from the bottom of the stream. Please consult your local prospector supplier or a knowledgeable geologist for more details.
Gold mining is not a new thing, it is something within our blood – something that we feel is right. Today’s miners are smarter than ever before. They have better tools to recover the metal and the wisdom to work with Mother Nature. Today’s miners are responsible citizens and reclamation is part of the mining process.
It is a thrill to find your first gold speck, flake or nugget. Once you do, you will be hooked forever. It is fun for the whole family and who knows, maybe, just maybe, if you are a wee bit lucky… you too will jump for joy, click your heels and shout “Eureka! I found it!”
Charles P. Watson is the chief geologist at Advanced Geologic Exploration located in Chester, California. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or at www.advancedgeologic.com
We extend a warm welcome to Servpro of Chico/Lake Almanor and their new office in Chester. Local Contractor Robert Rossini, who operates ServPro in Chico is excited about his move to the Lake Almanor area. His commitment to servicing the area drove him to open shop in Chester. “This will mean faster response time for the mountain areas”, he said, pointing out that this will often mean everything to a family faced with a flood, fire, sewage or other home disaster, like frozen pipes.
The company handles damage caused by fire, water and mold. They work with most insurance companies and they offer a wide array of cleaning services, from carpets and blinds, to air duct cleaning. They also offer vacation home cleaning and many more services. Find them at ServproChicolakeAlmanor.com or call 530-899-9141.
Rossini also operates Rossini Construction, Inc. Both business serve the mountains and valleys in Butte, Lassen, Tehama and Plumas Counties.
[/media-credit] Yes, This Pool is Fed by Hot Springs; Do make reservations early for dining and lodging here!
Chester, CALIF. — To keep attracting families to Drakesbad Guest Ranch in Lassen Volcanic National Park, park concessionaire California Guest Services (CGS) has dropped the cost of a family’s four-night stay by $700.
“Families have been hit particularly hard by the economy in recent years, and that’s resulted in a decline in the number of families that stay at Drakesbad,” said CGS President, John Koeberer, “We looked at why it was happening and concluded, we were pricing families out.”
Because Drakesbad is so far away from the next nearest place to eat (17 miles), meals are included in the cost of each guest’s accommodations, which are charged on a per-person basis per room. That meant additional expense for cost-conscious families. Koeberer explained, “We didn’t want to lose the family character of Drakesbad. So, we decided not to charge for kids. Now, with each paying adult, one child can stay free in the same room, including their meals and new kids’ activities. Additional children in the same room cost $49 a night when under 12 years old and $69 a night when between 13 and 17 years old.”
Drakesbad has been a traditional summer destination for families who return to impart a love of nature and family togetherness to their children. The guest ranch is located in Lassen Volcanic’s remote Warner Valley at the end of a grassy, stream-fed mountain valley within short hikes of such hydrothermal wonders as: fumeroles, bubbling mudpots, steam vents, and a boiling lake.
Part of Drakesbad’s charm is its connection to the past. Children often build hand-crafted waterwheels to place in Warner Creek and leave spinning until winter snows wash them away. Favorite activities include swimming in the ranch’s hot-spring-fed swimming pool, horseback rides, fly-fishing and day hikes. Newly added this summer are weekday crafts, archery, swim time, hiking and star-gazing programs, led by a recreation director.
Because the lodge has only 19 rooms, reserving a room, cabin or bungalow as early as possible is recommended. Accommodations are most easily obtained from mid to late June, or from mid August through early October. Reservations can be made at www.drakesbad.com or by calling 866-999-0914. CGS is an authorized concessioner of the National Park Service.
Situated between Susanville CA and Reno NV, and often referred to as MX395, the popular course is well known as one of the longest uphills in motocross. A 500’ elevation rise from the 40 bike start area to the top gives riders an awesome vantage point above the Honey Lake Valley.
Novice and mini bike riders share a portion of MX395 before decending on a separate section designed for their skill level. Younger riders enjoy a track designed just for them.
With plenty of room to watch the races, this family oriented park caters to everyone. Local non-profit organizations enjoy 100% profit of the revenue generated through their concession stands.
Here’s a sample of events this summer. For more information go to www.HoneyLakeMX.com, or call (530)249-5634.
June 8- 9th : Rd 5 SMRA Spring Series / HoneyLake GP
June 15th – 16th – Corey Herring Memorial
June 29-30th – AHRMA Post Vintage National
Sep 13-15th – WORCS Super Event
• More than 90 percent of all gold ever used has been mined since 1848, when gold was discovered at Sutter’s Mill, California, sparking the greatest gold rush of all time.
• All the gold that has ever been refined throughout history could be placed in a cube measuring 65.5 feet per side.
• Gold nuggets (aka placer gold) are solid lumps of gold. Nuggets are rare, making up less than 2 percent of all native gold ever mined.
• It has been estimated that, worldwide, the total amount of gold ever mined is 152,000 metric tons, only enough to fill 60 tractor trailers.
• One ounce of gold can be stretched into a thin wire measuring only five microns, or five millionths of a meter. That would reach in a straight line a distance of 50 miles.
• Gold is so malleable that a single ounce of it (about the size of a quarter) can be beaten into a thin continuous sheet measuring roughly 100 square feet. That means it would take 576 ounces (or just 36 pounds) of gold to completely cover a football field.
Courtesy of The American Museum Of Natural History