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LASSEN VOLCANIC NATIONAL PARK ROAD OPENS

Thursday, July 14th, 2011

View from Kohm-Yah-mah-nee Visitor CenterHwy. 89 through Lassen Park will open to traffic Saturday, July 16th. This is the second latest opening for the park road in 30 years, in 1995 it did not open until July 21.  The earliest it has opened since 1980 is April 28th, this was in 1990.  The latest it has stayed open is November 21st.

Weekend of July16th is the last weekend for skiing and snowshoeing on Lassen Peak for the season.  Trail crews will begin work to rehabilitate Lassen Peak Trail for the second season of the Reach the Peak project.

Many of the park trails still have snow coverage, including Bumpass Hell and Brokeoff Mountain trails.  Snow conditions can be icy in the mornings and slushy and slippery in the afternoons.  Hiking in the snow-covered areas requires sturdy hiking boots and trekking poles.  Ice ax, crampons and helmet are recommended for safety.

Kings Creek Falls trail is not accessible due to snow and Dream Lake is closed due to restoration project underway.

There are still many hikes open for visitors wishing to avoid snowy areas.  Two areas outside of Lassen Park are the Subway Caves and Spatter Cone hike, which both are in the Lassen National Forest.  At the NW part of park Manzanita Lake is open.  South of Manzanita Lake is Hot Rock which amazes me every time I think of how high it had to blow from Lassen Peak to land where it did. The Devastated Area has great signage and views. NE corner of park has Cinder Cone and Butte Lake.  From the top of Cinder Cone you have views of Painted Dunes, Snag Lake and Lassen Peak.  SE entrance of the park has Boiling Springs Lake and Devils Kitchen.  If you contact Drakesbad  ahead of time you can make reservations for lunch or dinner.   If you want to see part of the park via horseback Drakesbad offers trail rides. Willow Lake is one of California most unusual lakes and it is the Warner Valley area outside of the Park, in the Lassen National Forest.

If you enjoy hiking it is time to make plans to visit Lassen Volcanic National Park.  For more information you may call the park at 530-595-4480 or call us at St. Bernard Lodge at 530-258-3382.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

WATERCOLOR IN NATURE

Wednesday, July 13th, 2011

August 20th and 21st, 2011

Lassen Association is providing  Watercolor workshop as part of its Field Seminar Program.

Professional artist, Kim Faucher will be personally guiding you in sketching and watercolor painting. Kim is a professional artist and instructor with years of experience teaching other outdoor enthusiasts how to capture nature by watercolor.  Kim is also a direct descendant of Alex Sifford, a pioneer who settled in the Warner Valley area of Lassen Volcanic National Park.  Kim currently teaches watercolor painting in Medford, Oregon.

The cost is only 49.95 per person per workshop.  A personal watercolor kit is included in price or bring your own supplies.  Meet at Drakesbad Guest Lodge 8:45 am both Saturday and Sunday.  Workshop lasts until 3 pm each day.  It is recommended to bring backpacks, small folding chair, water, sack lunch, snacks, comfortable shoes, sunscreen, hat, loose protective and comfortable clothing, insect repellent and light jacket just in case.

Beginner and Experienced Painters Welcome

Experience Lassen Volcanic National Park through Watercolor Painting.  Choose to spend one or two days with Kim Faucher in the Warner Valley area of Lassen Park.  Translate impressions of your surroundings into luminous watercolors as you create memories of your visit.  The class is designed to accommodate the beginner as well as experienced watercolorist.  Kim Faucher will demonstrate techniques for drawing and painting natural features such as rocks, mountains, water, weathered wood, wildflowers, trees and geological formations found in Warner Valley.  With Warner Valley as your backdrop and inspiration, you will learn how to compose a painting, understand the values of light and dark, sketch, transfer drawing to watercolor paper, background wash, wet into wet and negative painting.

Workshop details and registration are available at both Loomis Museum and Kohm Yah-mah-nee Visitor Center, or online at http://www.lassenassociation.org.  Class limit 20 painters – Ages 13 and up.

St. Bernard Lodge still has rooms available for this weekend.  Book your room and your class now, http://www.stbernardlodge.com.

Lassen Association will be offering two other field seminar topics this summer:  Star Gate; The Night Sky over Lassen Volcanic National Park with Instructor Ellis Richard and August 6 and August 27th. Also, Nature Photography for Digital & Film at Lassen Volcanic National Park with Instructor, Terry Nathan on August 27 & 28th.  Details of both to follow on future blog post.

 

 

 

 

49th GOLD DIGGER DAYS IN GREENVILLE, CALIF.

Monday, July 11th, 2011

 

 

 

Start the weekend Friday night the 15th with a Hot Rod Car show & Band in the Evergreen Parking Lot. Car show start at 5:00 pm Music by Side FX starts at 8:00 pm and goes until midnight.

Saturday July, 16th 2011

Start the day with a pancake breakfast at the Masonic Lodge on Main Street at 7:00am
Men’s Softball Tournaments start at 7:00 am both Saturday and Sunday.

Street Faire and Food Court are available all day along Main Street.

Horseshoe Pitchers Tournaments start at 9:00 am both Saturday and Sunday.

“Parade” starts at 10:00 am. There are cash prizes for best float: $200, $100 and $50. For more information on parade entry form call Indian Valley Chamber of Commerce at 530-284-6633 or www.indianvalley.net
After the parade join in on an Old Fashion Homemade Ice Cream Social on Pine Street.

Activities during the day include: Kids games, petting zoo, bake sale, Men’s best beard and legs contest, kids gold rush with $350 in prizes. Watermelon eating contest for all ages.

The is a “GOLD DIGGER RAFFLE” for a Henry .30/30. Drawing will be held Saturday at Street Dance, winner need not be present to win. Raffle tickets are available at local Indian Valley Merchants.

THE GENESEE-BECKWOURTH TRAIL

Saturday, July 2nd, 2011

 

Historic Heart K Ranch

Enjoy a guided tour along the Old Genesee Beckwourth Wagon Road in Plumas County. Dan Elliot a US Forest Archeologist and Farrell Cunningham a Maidu Historian will be leading the trip. You will learn avout the Maidu Indians who lived in the area for many generations as well as early European Settlers such as Jim Beckwourth.

During the tour you will visit the Heart K Ranch and learn its history and future presented by Feather River Land Trust.

Reservations are required. Call today to register at 530-284-1022. Cost is 50 per person or 95 per couple. Morning refreshments, lunch, snacks and bus transportation are all provided. The tour begins in Quincy at 8:00 am and will conclude by 5:00 pm