Category: Road Trips

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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Exploring Our Local Winter Wonderland – Snowshoeing, Skiing, Sledding And More

By Mara Dobyns Photos by Jessica Compton- JCM Photography In this beautiful area of Northern California we are often spoiled with snow which means we have countless opportunities for fun in the outdoor world. In my opinion it would be pretty silly not to take advantage of it. Whether you enjoy snowshoeing, cross country or downhill skiing, sledding, or just exploring your local backcountry, we’ve got something for everyone. When I was a kid having my birthday in January always meant one thing, going to our favorite local hill for play, Stover, celebrating with snow and sledding until our...

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Ladder Fishing at Pyramid Lake

  The Great Stone Mother Legend states that this lake was created by a mother who missed her children so badly she sat near the edge of a mountain and cried. She cried and cried, never moving. Her tears fell so hard and so fast they formed a lake around her. She sat there so long she turned to stone. The people call her “Great Mother” and she sits on the Eastern shore of Pyramid Lake, her lake, with her basket at her side. By Molly Barber and Photos by If you are in the mood for an adventure, let me tell you about this little gem… Pyramid Lake. Not only is this lake an awesome...

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Exploring Ice Caves In Lassen County

Photos and Article by Mara Dobyns “Life is an adventure. It’s not about the destination we reach that’s most rewarding, it’s the journey along the way. So write it down! & treasure the memory forever…” – Barlena Morina While exploring in Lassen National Forest, take highway 36 to Wilson Lake Road 29 & 63, then make a right onto the 29 N 19 road. Next, find the E. Spur Road off of 29 N 19, and if you’re lucky, you’ll stumble upon a tree marked “Ice” in blue paint. From there just ahead you will find an opening with a couch carved out of a tree, a trailhead, and a mailbox...

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A Journey To Lakehead

  Perched on 20 luscious acres, amid a forest of towering oak trees on the banks of Shasta Lake, sits an awesome little hideaway known as Tsasdi Resort. I recently had the pleasure of of an overnight visit with friends. We arrived on a sunny afternoon in the Fall to find owner Scott Schipper busily preparing for a weekend wedding party on the beautiful new deck. The leaves on the oaks were just beginning to change lending a serene sense of calm to the stunning scenery. We wandered the grounds for awhile with Scott taking in the wonderful improvements he and his business partner and life...

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Veterans Honored At The Living Memorial Sculpture Garden Weed, Ca

Veterans Honored At The Living Memorial Sculpture Garden Weed, Ca By Melissa Wynn Under the protective majesty of Mount Shasta sits a somber place of shocking beauty dedicated to those that gave their lives in war and those that continue to serve our country in the Military Armed Forces. This Living Memorial Sculpture Garden(LMSG) rests along the mountain’s northwestern slope,13 miles north of Weed, CA on Hwy 97 in Siskiyou County. Situated on 136 acres of land provided by the United States Forest Service, this garden of remembrance and healing includes more than 90,000 trees, also provided...

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New Map Points Out ‘Water Trails’ and Kayaking & Shore Fishing Spots

New Map Points Out ‘Water Trails’ and Finds Kayaking & Shore Fishing Spots A new waterproof map is now for sale at local businesses and is available from Mountain Meadows Conservancy (MMC), the group that recently published the informative map. The map points out shoreline public access locations, great shoreline and kayak fishing spots on Almanor, Butt Lake, and Mountain Meadows Reservoir. Picture yourself on these three beautiful lakes whose combined surface area is nearly half the size of Sacramento, according to MMC. Kayaking and shore fishing around the waters of the Lake Almanor...

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Pro Golfer Visits Westwood

Pro Golfer Visits Westwood by E. Majors In the area with his dad, Pro Golfer Phil Mickelson visited Westwood recently. Phil Michelson, Sr. attended school in Westwood and graduated in Chester. When their family arrived at the museum, Sheri Binswanger immediately called Terry Ferguson, a fellow board member for the Westwood Museum. He went to school with Mickelson, Sr. and the two had fun sharing old times. The Mickelson family also visited Buffalo Chips Pizza, where he may have gone unnoticed. The staff that was on duty enjoyed his visit and his compliments so much, they made a point to...

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Sharing The Experience: Junior Duck Hunt

Sharing The Experience: Junior Duck Hunt By Molly Barber Photos By Jeff Barber & Ronnie Theobald I come from a family of people who truly love the outdoors. Hunting and fishing were multigenerational activities along with most other outdoor recreation. Hunting isn’t something I got into but growing up with a grandfather, father, uncle, and brother who loved it, I participated in my own way. I remember riding on quads or in trucks looking for deer, walking countless miles with them while they chucker hunted, and camping with them before opening days. I loved the Jr. Duck Hunt for many...

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Dunsmuir Brewery Works+1530.235.1900, Brews and Blooms in Dunsmuir

Brews and Blooms in Dunsmuir By Melissa Wynn When the wanderlust sets in I always think of good friends, good food and beautiful places. When my friend Lorraine, who lives near Montague, suggested exploring her neck of the woods, I jumped at the chance for an overnight visit and a little down time. I had been eagerly awaiting a road trip with talented videographer Molly Barber, the newest member of our Mountain Valley Living team, so she and I packed up the camera and notebooks and headed North. I never tire of the beauty of the drive down Highway 44. Stunning views of both majestic Mount...

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Ceanothus Silk Moth: A Beautiful Moth From A Color Changing Caterpillar.

Ceanothus Silk Moth: A Beautiful Moth From A Color Changing Caterpillar. By Melissa Wynn Moth Photos by Jim Moore, Entomologist Caterpillar Photos Courtesy of WhatsThatBug.com On a warm Spring morning as I reached to unlock the door of our Westwood office I saw a big beautiful, fuzzy moth basking in a ray of sun on the wall beside the door. I was so intrigued by it’s fiery orange head and the Nike swish pattern on her wings that I just had to find out what she was. I carefully captured my incidental treasure in a large plastic storage container and rushed it to the home of our local...

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