Category: Activities

Shining A Light On Night Time Activities- Under The Full Moon

“The moon is magic for the soul and light for the senses.”- Anonymous      Part of the magic of living in the mountains is randomly deciding to jump in your kayak and go explore a local lake under the light of the full moon. Which happens to be exactly what my husband and I did on our last date night.      The sun was falling quickly into the horizon as we pulled into the parking lot of Walker lake. A glowing glimmer of several shades of blue sang along the edge of the tree line as the...

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Chico Community Observatory

By Stacy Fisher Photos by Stacy Fisher & Chico Community Observatory  Our ancestors gazed into the star-studded night sky and wondered, “How did everything come to be?” Until the advent of telescopic instruments of sufficient power, such as the 100-inch Hooker Telescope at Mount Wilson Observatory, where astronomers like Edwin Hubble, often lauded as the father of modern cosmology, discovered the universe was expanding in 1925, answering such basic questions seemed beyond our reach. Although modest in size compared to scientifically important observatories found throughout the world, Chico can boast its own non-profit Chico Community Observatory, located on the outskirts...

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Run Wild- In The Wind

“There is freedom waiting for you, on the breezes of the sky. And you ask ‘What if I fall?’ Oh but my darling, what if you fly?” -Erin Hanson By Molly Barber Photos courtesy of Tyler Brown The world we live in can be a pretty overwhelming place sometimes. With the world wide web literally at our fingertips we have access to unlimited information, gossip and social media. Between televisions, computers, and phones, screens consume our days. I think that’s one of the reasons I love this feature so much. It highlights time spent away from screens and adventures...

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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 domed...

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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...

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