Category: Travel & Adventure

Fishing Fun In and Around Lake Almanor

By Bob Kopernik, Lucky Grady Fishing Guide Service If you are new to this area and are interested in drowning a few worms or crickets in hopes of having Fish Tacos for dinner, do yourself a favor and purchase a detailed geographical map of the area. I like the Northern California DeLorme Atlas & Gazetteer Map book because it shows most all of the lakes, streams, campgrounds and the roads to get you there.  Another good resource is the California Department of Fish and Wildlife website, to see where and when they last planted fish into the place that you are thinking about fishing.  You...

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Bark Beetles

By Melissa Wynn After years of drought in California, our forests became more and more stressed. The weakened condition of our beautiful trees have made them highly susceptible to bark beetle infestation. The bark beetles currently attacking our forests are all native. These species include the mountain pine beetle, fir engraver beetle, western pine beetle, Jeffrey pine beetle and pine engraver beetles. Under normal conditions healthy conifer (any tree that produces seeds in cones) trees are able to fend off the destructive beetles by producing enough resinous pitch to drown out the beetles...

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Tertiary Placer Gold

By Charles Watson It had been raining for two weeks straight. The streams were full and the mud was thick and sticky. The saloon doors quickly swung open and the man wearing a long leather coat dripping of rainwater turned and used the mud chucker to scrape the mud from his boots. He slowly sauntered up to the bar, his hat shading his eyes, never making eye contact with anyone. As he pulled open his coat the bartender reached for his shotgun. The man dug into his pocket and pulled out a quite full and obviously heavy leather pouch, and slammed it on the bar. “Whiskey!” he shouted. “All...

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Day Hikes Around Anderson

By Christy Milan The stress of the week resulted in my desire to “blow off some steam.” I did not want to go too far due to time limits. This led me to discover many trails throughout my town, Anderson, and neighborhoods. The sun was finally shining and this made the need to go hit the trails become impossible to resist. I put on my walking shoes, grabbed my bottle of water and sunglasses and drove to a local walking/biking trail. The air was clean and I felt it rush into my lungs as I quickened my pace. Others passed me along the trail with a smile or wave as they enjoyed nature’s great...

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Three Local Hawks

What a rare find!  As we see many hawks in our area, we don’t see a Ferruginous Hawk (Buteo regalis) everyday! You will be able to identify this beautiful large hawk with their legs and feet feathered to their talons (also called chaps)!  They also have a distinct yellowish/orange marking around their beaks. They make their homes in open prairie areas; making their nests in a tree, bush, or even on the side of a hill.  The nest will often be made with roots, sticks, sagebrush, cattle dung and sometimes even cattle bones!  They will typically lay up to 5 eggs which are whitish in color....

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When Are Crossbows Legal?

Carrie Wilson is a 20-year CDFW veteran and an avid outdoor enthusiast, angler and hunter. She is a marine biologist with a strong background of professional experience working in both fisheries and wildlife management. An established award-winning outdoor writer, Carrie enjoys tackling the tough questions from the public and will be regularly tapping into the expertise of CDFW’s wildlife officers and many fisheries, wildlife and marine biologists to best cover all the topics. If you have a question you would like to see answered in the California Outdoors Q and A column, email it to...

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The Painted Lady Butterfly

Story and Photos by Jim Moore I do not often dream about bugs, but when I do it usually involves seeing an amazingly beautiful, never-before- seen butterfly, which of course I cannot ever catch. But recently I had an odd butterfly dream. In the dream I was the butterfly, and I was sunning myself on some lavender flowers in a park; and people kept pointing at me, and saying to each another, “Look, a Painted Lady Butterfly!”  But I wanted so very much to tell them, “No, no, I am a Painted Gentleman Butterfly!” But I could not, and it was very frustrating. About then, our cat stepped on my...

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Hotel James, Wine Time & The Lost Dutchman Taproom

By Melissa Wynn On a beautiful Spring day in early April, my friend Molly and I decided to treat ourselves to a weekend of shopping and adventure in Chico. The drive down Highway 32 was stunning,  framed with  moss covered rocky walls weeping with runoff and bubbling underground springs. Running along side, Deer Creek was rushing with spectacular force after a long awaited, exceptionally wet winter. Chico greeted us with temperatures in the high seventies under sunny skies and we couldn’t wait to get to the mall. After our shopping spree we wandered up the Esplanade in search of Hotel James,...

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Oroville, Then & Now

A Walk Through The History Of  Oroville By Rick Barlupi Photos by Rick Barlupi and Courtesy of Butte County Pioneer Memorial Museum If you’re looking for a weekend getaway that will include a scenic drive down beautiful Feather River Canyon, think about visiting a few intriguing museums of Northern California located in Oroville, Butte County.  The first time I visited Oroville’s most unique and desired destinations was 1991.  I have returned on many occasions and suggest spending your time at only the best three attractions.  And, if kids are along for the journey, they will definitely...

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Gaia Hotel, Restaurant & Spa A Green Experience

Photos courtesy of Gaia Food photos and article by Christy Milan Travelers driving along I-5 have an opportunity to experience the Gaia Hotel, Restaurant and Spa. Positioned perfectly along I-5, the hotel overlooks the serene Sacramento River. The mountains of Shasta and Trinity loom in the distance with Mt.Shasta standing as a focal point. The valley stretches out offering many activities to locals and visitors. The Gaia is in a unique location offering little travel time to great adventures of all kinds. Within an hour or so you can be fishing, hunting, swimming, kayaking, hiking, skiing...

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Access Adventure: Challenging the Limits of Disability

By Grayson Sorrels “Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in, where nature may heal and give strength to body and soul.” John Muir Michael Muir, great grandson of John Muir has lived with multiple sclerosis since he was 15 years old. Refusing to be daunted by the relentless course of his disease, Muir believes in challenging the limits of disability. In 2001, he led an international team of people with disabilities, driving wheelchair accessible, horse drawn carriages on a 3,000 mile, ten-month journey across America to Washington DC. The extraordinary...

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

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