Category: Travel & Adventure

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 idea from the much loved website Pinterest. Come to find...

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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 the...

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Ridin’ Wild- Racing Schedules

By Melissa Wynn Spring has sprung in NorCal and that means racing has returned to Mountain Valley Living country.  Pack up your friends and family and enjoy the roar of the race track at these local favorites. American Valley Speedway – 204 Fairground Rd, Quincy 3/8 Mile Dirt Track Upcoming Events April 15, Play day all classes – starts at noon April 29, IMCA modifieds, Hobby Stocks, pure mini stocks & IMCA sport mods, dwarf cars May 5, Friday night dwarf nationals – IMCA sport mods & hobby stocks May 6, Saturday night dwarf nationals – IMCA modifieds &...

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Tips From The Pros

Lots of Water Makes For Great Fishing, But Be Prepared With all the weather we’ve had here in Northern California the lakes are filling up to the brims. It looks like fishing is going to be great at Lake Almanor, Eagle and Antelope Lake. Stop by the local shops and find out what happing in the area. We’ll give you all the latest reports as we hear them. Archery shoots have started  in Redding, Red bluff, Paradise. There are also shoots in Loyalton and Northern Nevada. Great fun for the whole family. Check out your local archery shop for information. Remember the last weekend of March spring...

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2017 – A Fantastic Mining Season

They are already talking about it. Some were out during the epic floods this past winter watching the rivers, the streams and even the small creeks, dreaming, imagining, wondering what it will look like when it is all over. Intense high stream flows, not just once or twice, but several times and often for sustained periods. Bank-to-bank floods, scouring the bedrock, ripping out old stream-side vegetation, and eroding into virgin riverbanks like it has not done in decades. Muddy, bubbling, frothing turbulent waters, a vicious act of nature that causes jaw-dropping havoc and destruction,...

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Businesses Welcomed in the Small Town of Westwood

Westwood’s business community is well supported by the townspeople. The welcoming streets are named alphabetically by the names of trees. Streets are lined with old wooden homes, reminiscent of its early lumber days’ history. Retail businesses include three convenience stores, two with fuels, Lassen True Value hardware store, Now and Then thrift shop and Old Town Mercantile, an artists’ collective/Shabby Chic home furnishings & decor store which has been moving and expanding for its new early April Grand Re-opening. The town recently lost its grocery store, due to retirement, as was the...

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Back Country Winter Survival Kit

By Melissa Wynn, Photo: Joel Rathje Many of us call NorCal home for the amazing outdoor adventures that the winter season offers. We love to trek through the back countryon snowmobiles, snowshoes, snowboards, and skis. Nature has a special beauty frosted in snow but it also has an increased level of danger. [media-credit name=”Joel Rathje” align=”alignnone” width=”300″][/media-credit] Safety is possibly the best gift you can give yourself or a loved one. You never know when that one minute of forethought might save a life. Every outdoor enthusiast, whether...

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Gold Mining 2017

They are already talking about it. The murmer is growing and the consensus is building. People are tuning up their machines, gathering supplies, and scoping out new spots. This is going to be one of the best mining seasons in decades! Several things are working in favor of the miner, as it appears the winter storms have brought an end to the three-year long drought, a change in government regulations is on the horizon, the price of fuel and supplies remain low, and gold remains around $1,200 per ounce. All that points to a good year for gold mining. The miners can feel it. That tug on their...

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Snow Sedges -Delicate Creatures of Cold Winter Nights

Text and photos by Jim Moore, Entomologist Long ago, before the first humans ever set foot within the lands of Northeastern California, there were Snow Sprites. These were fairy-like creatures that arose from the cold watery depths of cold mountain streams and lakes on crystal clear moonlit nights. The legend says that they would dance in the chilled air of long winter nights over snow covered mountain meadows. As they danced they would sing to one another, and the breath of their songs would crystalize in the frozen air of the night, becoming snowflake-like hieroglyphic messages that...

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River Otters

River Otter Photos & Article by Jan Ramelli The “River Otter” is fun to observe and often sighted in local lakes or rivers! This little guy was spotted on Antelope Lake. They mostly feed on trash or bottom fish; but, will also eat bass and trout. They also eat small mammals, freshwater clams and crawdads. It’s permanent den is often dug into banks, with underwater and exposed entrances, and contains a nest of sticks, grass, reeds and leaves. If you watch closely, you may spot these creatures swimming along the surface with just their heads out, checking out their surroundings, or you...

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The Coyote

The Coyote! Photos & Article by Jan Ramelli The Willow Creek area has an abundance of wildlife including hawks, owls, kestrels, and the coyote. All of these animals play a big role in the reduction of rodents which left unchecked can reek havoc in agricultural areas. The coyote is part of the “Canidae Family” same as wolves and foxes. Coyotes build their dens near a riverbank, sides of a canyon or gulches. They breed in early spring and usually mate for life. They can have as many as 19 pups in a litter, but usually around 7; the female will often build a separate den for raising her...

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