Author: Melissa

Deer Creek (Ishi) Falls by Mary Beth Laraway Conlee photos by Laraway Conlee Creations

[media-credit name=”Laraway Conlee Creations” align=”alignnone” width=”300″][/media-credit]Some scenic beauties are great for those who want to take an actual hike of several miles; while others are perfect for those who wish to simply take a break from the road and stretch their legs, rest their eyes with a new vista, and perhaps take a photo or three to add to an album or send to someone. Deer Creek, along Highway 32 in Tehama County, provides opportunities for both. With both an Upper and Lower Deer Creek Falls (with elevations below 4,000 feet), the usual season of March through August allows...

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Roadtrip on Hwy 36 Share The Adventure

By Melissa Wynn Photos by Ben Graham Lassen Volcanic National Park is minutes from Chester, but late and heavy snow at the park’s higher elevations left much of the towering volcano and her natural wonders hidden behind roads still closed. But we were on an adventure. If with car you don’t succeed… fly, fly again. We got lucky on that early June Saturday. I called Dan English at Mt. Lassen Aviation in Chester and he was free to take us on an amazing scenic flight ($60 per person) at noon. Woo Hoo! Who needs roads? The sky was crystal clear...

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Steak Kabobs & Wild Rice with Mushrooms

Steak Kabobs & Wild Rice with Mushrooms 1 pound boneless beef round tip steak (or your favorite cut), cut 1-inch thick 1/2 small red onion, cut into 3/4-inch wedges 1 small zucchini squash, cut lengthwise in half then crosswise into 1-inch slices 1 small red or green bell pepper, cut into 1-inch pieces 12 medium to large white mushrooms Marinade:[media-credit id=1 align=”alignleft” width=”300″][/media-credit] 2 tablespoons water 2 tablespoons mustard 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar 2 large cloves garlic, minced 2 teaspoons vegetable oil 1/2 teaspoon coarse grind black pepper 1/2 teaspoon onion powder 2 cups thinly sliced mushrooms 1 (6-ounce) package wild rice blend Cut beef steak into 1 1/4-inch pieces. Combine marinade ingredients. Place beef and marinade in food-safe plastic bag; turn to coat. Close bag securely and marinate in refrigerator 6 hours or as long as overnight, turning occasionally. Heat 2 teaspoons oil large nonstick skillet over medium heat until hot. Add mushrooms; cook and stir until tender. Remove and keep warm. Meanwhile cook rice according to package directions, omitting salt and butter. When rice is done, stir in mushrooms. Soak eight 9-inch bamboo skewers in water 10 minutes; drain. Remove beef from marinade; discard marinade. Alternately thread beef and vegetables onto skewers. Place on grill over medium heat,.Grill, uncovered, 8 to 10 minutes for medium rare to medium doneness, turning occasionally. Serve kabobs over wild rice....

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Meet Betty Bishop, Photographer

by Jan Cox Betty Bishop is well known in the Lake Almanor area for her many and varied photographs of the area.  From the Olsen barn in Chester, to local musicians, old buildings, doors and door knobs, hands at work, dogs, or her own beautiful flower garden, she loves to photograph it all. She always has her cameras with her as she walks or drives through the Lake Almanor area. You never know when the right picture will present itself, Bishop tells me. Living in Chester across the street from the Olsen barn, she has many opportunities to capture...

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The Sierra Nevada Red Fox

By Melissa Wynn [media-credit id=1 align=”alignright” width=”500″][/media-credit] The Sierra Nevada Red Fox is so named because it lives only in the higher elevations of the Sierra Nevada Mountains. We have our own fox right here in on the mountain range. How cool is that? These cunning canines of the conifers stay with us in the mountains year ’round although they do make seasonal elevation changes. Summertime may find them at over 6,000 feet elevation, hunting above the timberline while autumn may find them nibbling berries at 4,500 feet or slightly lower. Although it is called a “red” fox, this species has three phases of color. As the name indicates, the red color phase consists of red fur on the head and back with a white lower jaw, throat and underbelly. The black and silver phase does away with the white, having a black base coat with silver tipped guard hairs. The cross phase is as it suggests, a mixture of the other two phases. All three phases maintain the white tip on the always bushy tail and black legs. It is a spectacular golden-eyed creature, regardless of the color of its fur.. When it comes to food, the Sierra Nevada Red Fox isn’t picky. Scavenging for berries and carrion (the decaying flesh of dead animals) works just as well for this sly predator as hunting does. Small birds, chipmunks,...

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