Category: Activities

Schreder Planetarium Seasons of Light

By Christy Milan   Standing at the entrance to the planetarium is a crowd of various ages. The air is charged with excitement as the doors open and we enter. Everyone has come to be enchanted by the night sky courtesy of the Schreder Planetarium. The Schreder Planetarium offers educational and scientific information presented in a variety of different programs throughout the year. School field trips have taken advantage of the assorted programs and many people remember visiting the planetarium as a child. It began in 1979 when Jack Schreder followed his vision of the night sky. The...

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A Hike To Table Rock, The Greatest View

Story by Rick Barlupi Photos by Rick Barlupi & Chico Oroville Outdoor Adventurers Table Rock is a volcanic tooth in the Sierra Nevada, Plumas National Forest, and the epicenter of the 1849 California Gold Rush.  1849 Gold Rush miners from nearby Howland Flat shot fireworks off the top of Table Rock on the 4th of July and chiseled their names on the rocks, which remain today. From the trailhead the hike is an hour and a half and rated moderate by the US Forest Service, elevation change 6100 feet to 6908 feet.  The first mile of the hike is easy; most of the trail is a broad path through...

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2017 Dark Sky Festival At Lassen Volcanic National Park (held annually)

By Melissa Wynn Since the dawn of time man has been fascinated with the night sky and all that inhabits the heavens. Join us this summer, August 11-13, 2017 for the Dark Sky Festival at Lassen Volcanic National Park.  Special programs, presentations, hikes, and Junior Ranger Night Explorer activities will be offered, hosted by park rangers, astronomers, and astrobiologists celebrating all that is out of this world. Do you know where in the sky to find the constellation that matches your sign, be it Libra, Leo or Sagitarius? Learn the answer to this and more at this amazing three night...

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2017 Courage Run… So they don’t have to (held annually)

Photos by Jan Cox & Jan Carmichael Davies Courage Triathlon at Lake Almanor on August 26, 2017 They’re calling it a “mini sprint” triathlon consisting of three legs: a 2.8 mile run, a 7.1 mile bike ride and a 4.1 mile kayak ride. Participants can take it all on or participate as a three-person team. Either way is fine for organizers; they are here for the cause and want to include participants at all levels of ability. This family-friendly event also includes a 1/4 mile kids’ fun run. The event takes place at 10:00am on Saturday, August 26, 2017 and will start and end at Plumas Pines...

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Riding The Bizz Johnson Trail

By Molly Barber Photos Courtesy of BLM & Molly Like most kids away at college, summer always brought me a welcome sense of freedom; not just in terms of school work but it’s when I got to go ‘home’ to spend the long, warm days in the mountains of the Sierra Nevada. Most summers were spent working at least two jobs but that didn’t mean we didn’t get to have fun too-we always made time for that. Usually my partner in crime, Kyle Sawyer, and I enjoyed spending time in the outdoors. We played frisbee golf daily, went to the lake for swimming and bonfires, quad rides and hiked all over the...

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Redding Jet Boat Tours

By Christy Milan The water splashes up and you hear the motor whirling as you dash across the water with the speed of a jet. The sun is shining and the water is perfect. Summer is here in the North state and with the rains and snow of winter, our area is the perfect place to get away and play. One area to do just that is the Sacramento River. The Sacramento River is California’s longest river and it originates in the mountains of Northern California. The Upper Sacramento River, McCloud River and Pit River all flow into Shasta Lake. From there the water flows through Keswick Dam and down...

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Glow-In-The-Dark Golf At Mt. Huff Golf Course

By Melissa Wynn Blessed with a mild Summer climate, the mountain communities throughout the Sierra Nevada provide a wide variety of golfing options for locals and visitors from warmer climates alike. Several choices are available for those looking to enjoy a sunny afternoon knocking balls around the green. But when was the last time you played a round on a cool, clear, dark mountain night? During the months of Summer and early Fall, by the light of the moon, with some LED light bulb support, golfers are invited to do just that at the Mount Huff Golf Course in Crescent Mills. Each month when...

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Best Snowmobile Hot Spots

There is nothing like the feeling of a little wind in your face if you’re breaking through fresh powder on the top of a mountain somewhere, behind 700 cc of raw, untamed power. For some, that is exactly why they live where they live and do what they do. For many, a trailer is not even needed as alleys and access ways surround many of the rural communities in Lassen, Plumas and Sierra counties. As soon as the snow begins piling u p, the sleds are warming up. When kids are tucked in and most folks are settled in by a warm fire, you can hear the adventurous few heading out late-night after a...

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Wildlife Watching at Baum Lake

Photos & Article by Jan Ramelli Baum Lake is located in a quaint little community named Cassel, CA. It may be accessed either from Highway 89 or Highway 299 via Baum Lake Road, approximately 9 miles north east of Burney.  The moment you arrive you feel a sense of peace and tranquility. [media-credit id=13510 align=”alignleft” width=”300″][/media-credit] On Hat Creek, adjacent to Crystal Lake Hatchery, it is a mostly shallow lake with slow moving water which makes it perfect for kayaking, bird watching, and fishing. I have observed and photographed Bald...

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Take The Scenic Route Bicycling Bidwell Park Chico CA

Take The Scenic Route Bicycling Bidwell Park Chico, CA By Mara Dobyns Pack a lunch, grab a friend, and go enjoy the refreshing trails of Bidwell Park in Chico.  According to BidwellPark.org “Bidwell Park is “divided” by Manzanita Avenue. The area west of Manzanita Avenue is referred to as Lower Park and the area to the east is referred to as Upper Park. The noticeable difference between Upper and Lower Park is the terrain. Upper Park is located in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains. It has steep terrain and contains many rock formations, including the unique Chico Formation...

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WANDER BACK IN TIME AT THE MILTON GOTTARDI MUSEUM

WANDER BACK IN TIME AT THE MILTON GOTTARDI MUSEUM By Debra Hasbrouck When I last visited Sierra Valley, I was told that I must see the new museum. The Milton Gottardi Museum was recently moved to its present site in the City Hall Building (which used to be the junior-high school) at 501 School Street in Loyalton. The museum is operated by a staff of volunteers who are dedicated to “preserving the history of the Sierra Valley.” During the off-season, the museum is open by appointment only. However, curator Jackie Mitchell was happy to accommodate me. I was greeted by her assistant, Gary...

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