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Riverbend Trail (last day of “vacation”)

Well, I’ve been on “vacation” for the last week.  My “vacation” has consisted of running a chainsaw, burning brush (from the aforementioned chainsaw), and getting a somewhat feeble start on building a fence.  I go back to work tomorrow and figured I better get at least ONE day of R&R on my week off (don’t feel too sorry for me; I only go back to work for 3 weeks before having 2 more weeks off, some of which will be really cool R&R, but I digress).  Not many better ways to spend the last day of “vacation” than  with my lovely daughter on a short spring hike.  She suggested Riverbend Trail near Red Bluff.  It is a nice little loop of about 5 miles without too many steep hills (good for me since I’ve put on plenty of beer weight this winter).

It didn’t take long to figure out the wildflower bloom is kickin’ at that elevation.  The lupines on the lower end of the trail were especially pretty…20170410_riverbend-hike_blog_0011

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The trail is pretty easy but it is composed of lots of lava rock so I’d advise good shoes and watching one’s step…20170410_riverbend-hike_blog_0013

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Pretty nice view once you reach the “top” (not like it’s some great summit you climb…the entire trail consists of a few  hundred feet of elevation change tops)…20170410_riverbend-hike_blog_0001

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Also at the top is this cool sign that says some stuff about Jedediah Smith that I may actually read next time I head up…
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We thought we’d head up on this little rock to kick back for a few minutes…
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However, the aforementioned lava rock attacked me (note to self, put a small first aid kit in the camera bag)…
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….nevermind…found the first aid kit….CHEERS!…
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The walk back down was pretty as well (unfortunately some ugly power lines DO detract from some of the scenery)…20170410_riverbend-hike_blog_0009

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Not a bad little jaunt!  Time for a couple more of those nice Hop Valley brews to close out this “vacation.”

CHEERS, PROST, PROOST, ZIGGY SOCKY!

Kings Creek Falls – An Evening Stroll

Well, the plan yesterday WAS to go hike to the Sierra Buttes Lookout with my daughter.  Unfortunately, life happens and she had to postpone.  Hopefully that epic hike will happen before the summer is out.  Needing a Plan B to get some “nature therapy,” and not having a great deal of time, I decided to hike into Kings Creek Falls in Lassen Park.  It is one of my favorite places in the park and I wasn’t super pleased with the last photos I took there.

I’m going to employ a little “artistic license” with this post.  I wanted to make sure to get there in time to set up the camera so I took no photos on the hike TO the falls.  However, it would seem a bit anti-climactic if I put the falls pics ahead of the trail pics so I’m going to put the shots of the hike OUT before the main subject…

The trail-head starts right next to Kings Creek, which you cross at a pretty little meadow if you’re coming from the south (SR36) entrance…
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It is definitely a pretty walk with very diverse landscapes considering it is only a couple miles…20160801_2016-8.1_Kings Creek Falls_Blog_014

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I call this the “falls before the falls.”  Just a pretty little spot on the creek…20160801_2016-8.1_Kings Creek Falls_Blog_002

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The park folks are doing alot of work to this area.  Indeed, the most direct trail to the falls is closed until 2018.  One has to hike around on the “horse trail” to get to the falls.  It is a bit longer but quite scenic. When I was here 2 years ago there was an ugly old metal railing.  Looks like they have spruced it up a bit…20160801_2016-8.1_Kings Creek Falls_Blog_007

Ok, I guess it is about time to “land the plane” before this post gets too long.  I think this is one of the prettiest waterfalls in northern California.  Some day I hope to get truly excellent photos of it!  To make that happen I think I’ll have to hike in in the early morning dark and shoot it in the golden light of the morning sun.  In the evenings, the sun is low and behind the falls making it hard for me to properly expose the falls without turning the sky into an ugly white mass.  However, these shots illustrate the splendor of the place fairly well…

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(As always, clicking any image above will allow you to view it larger)

 

Mother’s Day Dinner

I decided to take my gal out to dinner for Mother’s Day last night but I wanted to go to a more exclusive dining locale than Susanville has to offer.  The Smoke Creek area seemed just the place!  On the way to our “restaurant” we almost ran over this critter (Mel saw it. I never even noticed as I drove by…lol)…20160508_Smoke Creek Drive_Blog_004

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Upon stopping we noticed he/she had a friend (or mate?) in the weeds…

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After we harassed them for a bit, this one decided it was time to fly the coop…

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After we drove on for a bit, we saw these jackasses (LOL) standing next to the road…

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We also saw a small group of pronghorns and a badger (first time either of us had seen one in the wild) that we didn’t get pics of.

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Mike and Mel table for two!…

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Between the rain and the recent fire in the area stimulating alot of new growth, the desert is as pretty as I’ve seen it in years…

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(As usual, you can click any images above to see them larger)

Wildflowers and Waterfalls

We had to be in Chico and Oroville for the past couple days to take care of some business.  We didn’t have as much time for recreation as we would have liked but we did get out for a nice stroll in North Table Mountain on Monday afternoon.  The place wasn’t in as full of bloom as I would have hoped but I it was still nice and green and a few of the small streams were still flowing.

This little waterfall caught my eye.  As were were there before ideal photography light, I had a difficult time capturing what I wanted to but I snapped a few just to give it a shot (as will all posts here you should be able to click any image to view it larger)….
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I’d say this old fence is about 20 years overdue for some maintenance…

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It was definitely a gorgeous afternoon…

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Spotted this pretty redhead playing by the creek…

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We did catch a FEW wildflowers still in bloom…

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While killing time before Tuesday afternoon’s appointment we took a spin by Lake Oroville.  Saw these fellas hanging out at the Lime Saddle Campground.  Probably a smart place for them to be since I do believe the season is open…

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I can think of way worse places for a drive home than the Feather River Canyon in the spring time.   We pulled over a couple times and snapped a some shots of a couple of the seasonal waterfalls that dump into the river this time of year…

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The new (to us) Grand Cherokee seems like it is going to run for us.  Hoping it takes us to many more great destinations over the next several years…
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