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Travel the Feather River Canyon by Train

Wednesday, May 14th, 2014

Have you ever wanted to relive a little bit of history? 

Keddie Train 50'sThis is your chance to join Trains & Travel for an unforgettable experience of riding a private charter train up the scenic Feather River and take part in the fun of the 32nd annual Portola Railroad Days.

 

The special charted train trip starts in Emeryville and will stop to pick-up passengers in Martinez, Davis, Sacramento and Oroville.  Departing eastbound from the Bay Area the train runs on the former Southern Pacific Route along water’s edge of the San Francisco Bay with breathtaking views of the Golden Gate Bridge. After the last pick-up in Oroville the rail line starts the climb in the High Sierra running around Lake Oroville and at one point you will travel over Lake Oroville on the West Branch and then travel through a series of tunnels running under Big Bend Mountain. Once the train reaches the lower region of the Feather River Canyon you will travel 91 miles  through three different regions of the rugged Feather River Canyon.  A number of PG&E hydro dams and powerhouses can be seen from the train. You will pass through a total of 32 tunnels as the train makes it journey from Emeryville to Portola. You will cross the Pulga and Tobin stacked bridges.

Six miles west of Quincy begins a stretch of railroad tracks referred to as the 7 Wonders of the Railroad World.  You will travel over 6 of these wonders between Keddie and Portola.

The first if referred as the “Keddie Wye”.  It is the only railroad wye in the world with two legs on bridges and a closing track in a tunnel.  The next is the Keddie yard, here two trains passing each other in opposite directions are both actually moving eastward.  East of Quincy is “Williams Loop” , the railroad track makes a continuous one mile loop to gain altitude.  The track crosses over itself to gain the necessary elevation required.  Long trains actually cross over themselves.  You will cross the Clio Trestle which is a breathtaking structure at 172 feet in height and 1,005 feet long.

 

You may choose to ride the train one-way or round trip.  This route is basically a freight only line now and seldom sees a passenger train.  It is very possible that this will be the last year that Trains and Travel will be offering this specific train trip due to costs.  The company is offering several different classes of tickets and lengths of trip to meet varying budgets.

 The second day of the trip you can spend at the Portola Railroad Days, starting with the Golden Spike Parade.  The passenger train will depart Portola at 2:00pm for the 40 mile journey down the Feather River Canyon to Keddie where it will turn  around on the famous Keddie Wye and Spanish Creek Bridge.

 Day three you board the train for a return trip down the Feather River Canyon and back to the bay area.

 For  more complete details on pricing, departure times, meals, lodging and transfers please visit Train & Travel’s website.  Train & Travel also offer other excursions all over the world.

 For more details on the Portola Railroad Festival please visit their website.  The Feather River Rail Society was founded in 1983 with a goal to preserve the memories and significant equipment from the 100 year history of the Western Pacific Railroad.

 The Western Pacific Railroad Museum now has one of the best collections of early diesel locomotives in the U.S.  Train rides in cabooses and vista flat cars are available on weekends during the summer and with special arrangements you can even drive a locomotive.  The Railroad Museum can be reached at 530-832-4131 or www.WPLives.org

 

 

Valentine’s Weekend Chilly Chili Cook-off

Friday, February 7th, 2014

Join in the fun planned by the Lake Almanor Chamber of Commerce on February 15th, 2014.

Ice Carving

 

Join us for a fairly new event in Chester, the Chilly Chili Cook-off. Talented chili chefs from Plumas County and beyond will be serving some great chili and competing for some great prizes. In 2013, thirteen teams with a wide range of chili recipes competed. This year more teams have already registered.

 

You have until Feb. 8th to register your team at www.lakealmanorarea.com/events.  Entry is free to chamber members and for non-members registration is only 30.00.

The event starts at 1:00 pm and goes until 4 pm at the Almanor Recreation Center. Eight dollars will buy you a tasting kit. Tasting kit includes voting ballots for the Peoples’ Choice Awards, kit also has a 10.00 discount for Coopervale Ski area. Plan on spending the afternoon either showing off your cooking abilities or just tasting some great chili while enjoying live music.

Live music will be provided by Edgewater. The group plays a mix of classic rock and roll, progressive and alternative rock,and rhythm and blues.

A special attraction of ice carving by Tim Carman, a chef from Reno’s El Dorado Hotel and Casino, will be back carving away at three 200-pound blocks of ice into works of art.

St. Bernard Lodge still has rooms available for this weekend.  Book three nights and get 20.00 off third night.

21st Annual Rails to Trails Festival

Thursday, October 10th, 2013

Saturday, October 12, 2013 at the Historic Susanville Railroad Depot.  This year is the Centennial of the Susanville Railroad Depot.

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The Rails to Trails Festival and Bizz Johnson Marathon draws guests from all over California and Northern Nevada.
Highlights of the festival include; chili cook-off, salsa contes, live music, rail road handcar races and great food.
This annual event besides being a day of fun, supports Lassen Land and Trails Trusts’s mission to conserve significant natural areas and landcapes and to promote and enhance a system of leading public trails in North Eastern California.
For more details on the days event. Still time to register your team for the handcar races.

 

Bizz Johnson TrailFall colors shoud be at their peak on the Bizz Johnson Trail this weekend.  Bizz Johnson trail is also desingated as a California Watchable Wildlife Spot.

Due to National Park closure the St. Bernard Lodge has rooms available for the weekend. Come spend one or two night with us.  Enjoy the Rails to Trails Festival and then take in the Fall Colors in Plumas County.

 

 

 

Wine Tasting and Annual Manton Apple Festival

Wednesday, October 2nd, 2013

Manton Apple Festival is the 1st Saturday of October each year. This year it is Saturday Oct. 5th at the Manton School. Festival runs from 9 am to 4pm.

There are over 100 vendors with handmade crafts and food. A range of activities for the whole family; dunking for apples, pie contest, games, live music and much more.  Come join in the fun, proceeds support community projects and scholarships.

While in Manton check-out the local wineries; Alger Vineyards, Cedar Crest Vineyard, Indian Peak Vineyards, Mount Tehama Vineyards,  and Shasta Daisy Vineyards.

From Manton it is a short drive up the hill to St. Bernard Lodge, plan on spending a night at the lodge.  Lassen Volcanic National Park may be closed, but we still have miles of hiking trails. For availability at St. Bernard LOdge

On Sunday enjoy a hike or drive around Plumas County and the Feather River Canyon.  An array of fall color awaits you to discover. Current leaf peeper reports.

 

Fall Play Day at the Heart K Ranch in Genesse Valley

Monday, September 30th, 2013

October 12th, 2013 9 am – 4 pm

The Feather River Land Trust has planned a work and play day at the Heart K Ranch.

Join in on some fun work on the ranch at the historic granary starting at 9 am. Check video link to see what work needs to be done at the granary.

http://youtu.be/gQApkZirhpY

 

Later in the morning take a hike or listen to talks on sustainable ag practices and Native American land use.

BBQ lunch served between 1 and 2pm. Please RSVP by phone at 530-283-5758 or send e-mail to kkleven@frlt.org. BBQ lunch is 10 dollars for adults and chlidren 10 and under are free.

For more information on this year’s Fall Play Day please check website.

The Heart K Ranch is about 45 minutes from the St. Bernard Lodge. Fall is a great time to make a drive from St. Bernard Lodge to Indian Valley and out to Genesse.  You will have an opportunity to enjoy both the Fall Colors of the area and many of the Barn Quilts in the Indian Valley.

For room availability at St. Bernard Lodge.

Download flyer with directions.

Increased waterflows in the North Fork of the Feather River Whitewater Rafters Mark your Calendar!

Thursday, August 1st, 2013

RaftingPG&E will increase water flows for whiteater rafters in the Rock Creek Reach of the North Fork of the Feather River. The higher water levels are scheduled for Aug. 24th, 25th, 26th and 27th and then again Sept. 28th and 29th.

Rock Creek Reach is an 8.3 mile stretch of the Feather River in the Plumas National Forest.  This part of the river is near Storrie  and between PG&E’s Rock Creek Dam and the Rock Creek Powerhouse.  For a map and more information on Rock Creek-Cresta Ecological Commitee, please visit their website.

Currently flow is about 210 cubic feet per second and will be increased to 800 cubic feet per second, then held at 700 cubic feet per second during the scheduled dates of increased water flow.

The Sept. dates will overlap with the 4th Annual Art & Wine of Lassen at the Lassen Volcanic National Park on Sept. 28th.  Park admission is free.  Wine tasting and art exibits and music will be held at the Kohm Yah-mah-nee Visitor center from 11 am – 5pm.

 

Make a weekend of it.  St. Bernard Lodge has rooms open for both weekends.  Come visit Lassen Park one day, stay at the Lodge then go whitewater rafting.

For more useful information on Plumas County and the Feather River Canyon visit:  http://www.plumascounty.org

 

 

 

 

 

 

Equine Trails Celebration Red Bluff California

Tuesday, April 2nd, 2013

Join Back Country Horsemen April 5, 6 and 7th in Red Bluff  it is “Wild Wilderness Weekend”

 

ETC Raffle

The BCHC Equine & Trails Celebration is an annual three day event. Back Country Horsemen of California caters to  members as well as the general public by offering varied training opportunities so attendees are better prepared to work in and enjoy our magnificent open spaces. The event is free to the general public. The last two years were a huge success, drawing over 2000 attendees each.  This event is held at the Tehama District Fairgrounds in Red Bluff.

Admission is free.   For additional information visit www.equinetrailscelebration.com or to register for event.  Make sure to check out the great raffle prizes.

Classes scheduled include:

Trail Maintenance & Construction Tools for Trail Construction & Maintenance Legs & Leg Issues Colic – What is it General Equine Health Equine Dentistry Equine Back Country Emergency First Aid Saddle Fitting Breeding for Mules Packing 101 – Iron Mules Packing 101 – Stock Advanced Packing Skills Odd Load Packing Restraining Stock in the Back Country Pack Saddle Types & Uses Pack Stock & Packing Techniques in Wilderness Dutch Oven Cooking Wilderness First Aid for People Trailer Safety Leather Working for Adults Miniature Donkey Demonstration Gentle Use – Plan Ahead & Prepare Gentle Use with Others Gentle use with Waste Gentle Use – Leave What you Find

For  the most updated information on classes.

Bring your horse and participate in the Trail Obstacle Challenge.  There will be both novice and advanced classes.  Check-in is at 8:30 am.  For Registration information.

There are a variety of contests to participate in or just watch without your horse.  Some of the contests are; Dutch Oven Cook-off, FFA Horseshoe Pitching Contest, Horseshoe Pitching Contest, Odd Load Packing Contest, Western Art Show and a Farrier Contest. More information and registration forms for contests.

Cheryl Henderson, owner of Oregon School of Natural Hoofcare and ABChoofcare.com will be teaching Friday at 5:00 pm and Saturday and Sunday at 1:00 pm in the Pauline Davis Pavilion.  Trainers from the USFS Region 5 include: Lee Roeser, Michael Morse, Ken Grave, Erik Cordtz and Matt Carson.

Horse Boarding at the St. Bernard Lodge

St. Bernard Lodge offers horse boarding for guests.  St. Bernard Lodge makes a great location to base out of when visiting the PCT in Northern California, Lassen Volcanic National Park, Plumas National Forest or Lassen National Forest, and the Bizz Johnson Trail.  Please give us a call if you would like more information on horse trails in the area.  Horse boarding is $20/night per horse.  We can be reached at 530-258-3382.

 

 

Goals of a Backcountry Horsemen of California Event

1. To perpetuate the common sense use and enjoyment of horses in America’s backcountry and wilderness
2. To work to insure that public lands remain open to recreational stock use.
3. To assist the various government and private agencies in their maintenance and management of said resource.
4. To educate, encourage and solicit active participation in the wise use of the backcountry resource by horsemen and the general public commensurate with our heritage.
5. To foster and encourage the formation of new units of the organization.

 

 

Presidents’ Weekend Lake Almanor Snowmobile Poker Run

Saturday, January 26th, 2013

Join the Lake Almanor Snowmobile Club for their Annual Presidents’ Weekend Poker Run. Registration is from 8:30 am to 11:00 am at the parking area on Hwy 36 and A-13. For locals this is the large parking area east of Chester near the transfer station. There is lots of room and plenty of easy parking. The ride is on groomed trails of the Lake Almanor Snowmobile Park.

Lunch will be prepared by the Chester Rotary and served 11:30 to 1:00 pm. Cost for ride and lunch is 25 dollars. If you have non riders coming with you lunch is available for 10 dollars.

 

 

This run is used as a fundraiser for the Lake Almanor Snowmobile Club. The club encourages anyone interested in snowmobiling to join. Each year part of the profits are donated to a local community group or individual. This year a portion of the profits will be donated to help Gavin Beane with the costs of his service dog.

Please make sure you have stickers on you sleds and helmets are required to ride in the poker run.

Raffle and prizes begin at 2:00 pm. $300.00 cash prize for best poker hand.

St. Bernard Lodge has both lodging and dining available. There is parking for trailers if needed. Please call ahead to make reservations for meals or rooms. The lodge can be reached at 530-258-3382.

If the ride needs to be re-scheduled due to snow conditions the alternate date is March 2. If you enjoy snowmobiling this is a great ride, so bring your machine and join in. If you are thinking about learning about snowmobiling come visit for lunch and meet some great people who love snowmobiling.

The Lake Almanor Snowmobile Club website has contact information or e-mail kathy@thedonleys.net if you needed additional information on the poker run or club activities.  General questions on the area please call St. Bernard Lodge and we will be glad to help.  530-258-3382.

For updated information on winter trail grooming reports.

Nominations for Coolest Small Town 2013

Thursday, October 11th, 2012

For the seventh year running Budget Travel is looking for ten standout communities across the country. Please vote for Quincy, California as one of these ten standout communities.
To qualify for the coolest small town contest the town must have a population under 10,000. Budget Travel is looking for a small town with an edge and a heart. Quincy is under 10,000 residents and it definitely has a heart and an edge.
Please consider voting for Quincy, California. Quincy is in the heart of Plumas County. It has a great downtown with a wide variety of shops, restaurants and a few bars. It reminds me of downtown Mayberry. It is fun to stroll the downtown and shop without having any feel of a tourist trap, which many small towns now have. Downtown merchants work together in many ways helping each other and going the extra mile for their guests and customers. They decorate downtown with beautiful hanging flower baskets in the summer, host a girls night out in Sept. Host the county fair ( one of the best for a small town) and many other events during the year for the benefit of local residents and guests to the area.

 

In Quincy as a tourist you are treated like a treasured guest by the local lodging providers and merchants. Each business owner strives to help you have a great time while visiting the area. Each business owner loves the area for different reasons and they want you to love the area and your visit.
Just outside of Quincy you have millions of acres to enjoy the great outdoors. Hundreds of lakes and waterfalls to discover. Some of the more notable are: Plumas Eureka State Park, Plumas County Museum, Bucks Lake, Lake Almanor, Butte Lake, Indian Valley, and Lassen Volcanic National Park.
If you want more information on the area in general please check-out www.plumascounty.org or more information on St. Bernard Lodge website.
Once again please take a minute to help Quincy, California become one of the 10 finalists for Budget Travel’s Coolest Small Towns of 2013.  If traveling North from Quincy to Lassen Volcanic National Park call ahead and plan on stopping in at the St. Bernard Lodge for a meal, drink or even spend the night with us.
Click here to vote for Quincy, Ca.  Please votes need to be in by Oct. 15th, 2012.
Thank-you for your support. Come see our Awesome Autumn and Barn Quilt Tour now.

100,000 For Lassen Volcanic National Park or Plumas Eureka State Park

Sunday, July 1st, 2012

America Is Your Park Campaign This Summer!

Vote for Your Favorite Park from May 23 – July 15

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St. Bernard Lodge is asking you to vote for Lassen Park (b) and Plumas Eureka State Park. Lassen Park is in Tehama, Shasta, Lassen and Plumas counties.   Plumas Eureka State Park is in Plumas County.  Help us get both these parks in the top 25 favorite parks.  At this time only 3 parks in California are even in the top 25.

Coca-Cola is calling everyone out to the park this summer to vote in the third-annual America Is Your Park campaign. Parks are the anchors of our communities, providing places for friends, families and neighbors to be active and enjoy the outdoors together. Last year, park supporters cast more than 13 million votes for their favorite park to win money for improvements. 

Let’s help Lassen Volcanic National Park and Plumas Eureka State Park take advantage of this campaign.  Helping both of these parks helps are community.

The park with the most votes will win a $100,000 recreation grant from the Coca-Cola Live Positively initiative and the coveted title of “America’s Favorite Park.”

What’s even better is more than one park will win! Second- and third-place parks will receive $50,000 and $25,000 grants, respectively.

And one lucky park will be chosen, at random, from the remaining top 25 spots on the leader board to win a $15,000 grant.

With just the click of a button, people can vote for their favorite park at LivePositively.com/parks. On the site, park enthusiasts can learn how to earn more votes by “checking in” from the park and download voting tools to help rally their communities.

Any park, big or small, can win! Last year, Oak Park in the small town of Minot, ND, captured the title of “America’s Favorite Park” and the $100,000 recreation grant. The community united to vote for Oak Park, which was completely destroyed last year in a historic flood that damaged much of Minot. The grant helped with the park’s restoration, so families have a place to play together again.

For more than 40 years, Coca-Cola has supported efforts to maintain and rebuild parks across the nation. Whether it’s buying new recreation equipment or enhancing activity areas, grants awarded through this family-friendly competition will help improve spaces where people go to play.

The America Is Your Park campaign was developed in collaboration with the National Park Foundation, America’s State Parks and the National Recreation and Park Association.

How to Cast Your Vote

Park goers can vote for their favorite national, state or local park from May 23 at midnight ET until 11:59 p.m. ET on July 15, 2012.

Park supporters can vote for their favorite park by:

Going online (via computer or smartphone) to LivePositively.com/parks (1 vote each)

“Checking in” from the park (100 votes each) – Details on the site

Oak Park in Minot, ND, took home the title and $100,000 recreation grant last year. Soudan Underground Mine State Park in Soudan, MN, and Cunningham Park in Joplin, MO, came in second- and third-place, taking home $50,000 and $25,000 grants, respectively. Let’s see what we can do to be listed as 2012 winners.  Please share with your friends and ask them to vote for Lassen Volcanic National Park and Plumas Eureka State Park.  We have 14 days to go!

Please vote and share for Lassen Park, Ca and Plumas Eureka State Park Ca.