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GeoTourism Council Great Escape Tour Starts

October 4th, 2013

The “Great Escape Tour” of the Sierra Nevada Region of California and Nevada starts Sunday Oct. 6th and continues thru Oct. 11th.

Nicole, with the Sierra Business Council, will start with a radio spot on KGO. Travel with John Hamilton , Sunday morning at 9:35 am. Tune in and find out where Nicole and Brittany will be heading in the Sierras. Watch the roads and the special places in the Sierras for the campervan pictured below.

Escape Campervans out of San Francisco has donated this van for the Great Escape.

camper vanFollow their journey on the GeoTourism Facebook Page. Make sure to check-in often to see just where the team and van are at and to suggest stops that should not be missed. Nicole and Brittany are looking forward to hearing your suggestions. During the Great Escape they can be contacted via Instagram @sierrageotourism or Twitter @sierratour.

When you spot this van between Oct. 6th- Oct. 11th, it will be the Sierra Nevada GeoCouncil on their “Great Escape Tour”.

After spending the day in Auburn on Sunday the Great Escape team will be spending most of Monday Oct. 7th in Plumas County. Some of the locations you may find them at are heading north on Hwy 70 up the Feather River Canyon. Of course the team will be on the look-out for Fall Colors throughout the area. Leaf peeper reports are on the PlumasCounty.org website.

A few of the stops planned for the day include: Indian Falls along Hwy 89 just north of the Hwy 89/70 junction heading to Taylorsville and then on to the Heart K Ranch in Genesse. Stopping at the Indian Valley Museum and the Cy Hall Museum in Greenville. Checking out Pioneer RV Park and Ada’s Place in Quincy, with various stops in downtown Quincy.

A get together is planned at the Brewing Liar in Blairsden in the late afternoon. Many Plumas County Tourism Council members will be attending along with representatives from TRAC and the Sierra Buttes Trails Stewardship. If in the area please join us at the Brewing Liar to greet the Great Escape Team.

After leaving Plumas County the Great Escape Tour will continue onto Truckee, Tahoe and Western Nv on Tuesday. Plan on spending Wednesday in the Eastern Sierra before heading to the Yosemite Gateway communities on Thursday.  Sonora and the Foothill Communities are planned for Friday, Oct. 11th, before returning the campervan to San Francisco.

Please send in your favorite places to visit along this general route via facebook or twitter.

If you want to join the tour on Monday, when Nicole and Brittany are visiting Plumas County please call Sharon at 530-258-3382 at the St. Bernard Lodge.

To help plan your next great escape to the Sierra Nevada go to: www.SierraNevadaGeotourism.org. During the Great Escape Nicole and Brittany will be posting on http://sierrabusiness.org/whats-new/blog

 

Wine Tasting and Annual Manton Apple Festival

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

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!

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

Learn about the Amazing Birds of Lassen Volcanic National Park

June 1st, 2013

June 21st and 22nd

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Join Dr. Roger Lederer at the Kohm Yah-mah-nee Visitor Center Friday June 21st from 4-5 pm.  Dr. Lederer will be presenting a power point presentation which is open to all that are interested in attending at no charge.  The lecture will be an introduction to both the birds of Lassen Volcanic National Park and interesting and amazing adaptions of birds. Background and books by Dr. Lederer.

 

This program targets local community members and visitors who have basic or no knowledge of birds.  This is your opportunity to learn from Dr. Lederer.

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Saturday morning meet at the Kohm Yah-mah-nee visitor center at 8:30am.  Dr. Lederer will be leading a guided walk of the Mill Creek Falls Trail.  This walk will last until approximately 10:15 am.  There is a $25 fee for the guided walk.  Group size is limited to 15 participants.  A second session will be scheduled at 10:30 am if needed.

 

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Please direct questions or register with Melanie Allen at 530-378-1495 or online at lassenassociation.org.

Bring your camera, you may just get the perfect shot for the 2014 Lassen Volcanic National Park photo contest.  You may also want binoculars and bird guide.

Please contact St. Bernard Lodge at 530-258-3382 for dining or lodging options.  St. Bernard Lodge is offering a 15.00 dinner voucher at the lodge for any guests staying at the lodge and attending the guided walk of Mill Creek Falls with Dr. Lederer.

Opportuntity to Bike Lassen Park Main Road without Vehicular Traffic

May 20th, 2013

A once in a lifetime opportunity awaits cyclists this year at Lassen Volcanic National Park

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Due to continued road construction on Hwy 89 in Lassen Park near Sulphur Works, the 30 mile stretch of Hwy 89 in Lassen Park will be open to pedestrians and bicyclists only.  The road will be open May 28th to June 6th from the North entrance near Manzanita Lake to the South entrance and the Kohm Yah-mah-nee Visitor center.  During this time frame vehicles will not be allowed past Sulphur Works on the south side and the Devastated Area on the north side of  Lassen Park.  The road is open May 20th- to May 24th noon for pedestrians and bicyclists per park ranger today.  It is not being promoted due to debri near Sulphur Works. If you are careful getting by construction at Sulphur Works you may bike or hike the complete 30 miles of Hwy 89 in the park.

Please if cycling is important to you contact Lassen Park at 530-595-4480.  Leave a message that you are unable to make it this year, but are interested for future years.  The park road has opened as early as May 10th in 2001 and as late as July 16th in 2011.  Once snow is removed it may be possible to allow bicyclists and hikers for 1-2 days before traffic is allowed.  To have this happen you need to make your voice heard.

This is a unique opportunity to enjoy the park and all the great views along Hwy 89  from your bicycle.  Hwy 89 runs 30 miles north and south through Lassen Park.  This Hwy has the distinction of being the highest paved road in the entire Cascade Range reaching 8,512 feet.
Hwy 89 is part of the Volcanic Legacy Scenic Byway which many bicyclists enjoy each year.  To have the rare opportunity to enjoy the views along Hwy 89 in the park with only other bicyclists and hikers is something not to be missed if possible.

There is lodging and camping on both the north side of Lassen Park, (Rim Rock Ranch Resort), camping in the park, and lodging and meals at the St. Bernard Lodge 20 miles from the south entrance of Lassen Park.

If you have more than a day you may want to include a ride around the West side of Lassen Park and include Manton.  Manton has several wineries to visit.  A ride around the east side of Lassen Park could include visiting the Subway Caves in the Lassen National Forest.  South east of Lassen Park you have St. Bernard Lodge, the town of Chester and Lake Almanor.

A few great rides in the Chester area include; Last Chance Loop, Lake Almanor Recreation Trail and riding around the 52 miles of shoreline of Lake Almanor.   The Bizz Johnson Trail runs from Westwood to Susanville.  Bodfish Bicycles and Quiet Mountain Sports has some artistic maps of these trails.  We always recommend riding the Lake Almanor Recreation Trail to our guests traveling from St. Bernard Lodge to Quincy.  It adds little in the way of distance and gets you off of Hwy 89.  The trail is 6 feet wide and paved.  In the height of summer you may have to share with hikers, but no cars to deal with.

Chico Velo Cycling Club has a June Adventure Ride scheduled for Lassen Park on June 8th.  Please check their website for details.

Coming up in the near future are two century bike rides in the area.  The first is June 15th and  is the Mile High 100 ride around Lake Almanor.  this will be the 31st  year for this ride..  The second ride is in Greenville and travels through Indian Valley this ride is schedule for June 22nd.

Some of the best back roads of Plumas County are included on the Barn Quilt Trail.  These routes get you off the main roads and allow for beautiful scenery and also stunning barn quilts.  More information on biking Plumas County.

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Heart K Barn

 

 

Hwy 89 in Lassen Park will be open to traffic for Memorial Day Weekend.  Road is due to open to traffic at noon on May 24th and closes May 27th or early May28th.

We hope to see you and share our mountain with you.

 

 

Photography Workshop at Lassen Volcanic National Park

April 30th, 2013

Lassen Association holding Photography Workshops July 19th & 20th and Sept. 6th & 7th

Photo Workshops at Lassen Park

 

Each seminar will consist of a combination of in-class and hands-on photography experiences in Lassen Park. The seminars will be taught be Terry Nathan.

Basic compositional principles will be covered enabling you to make compelling photographs spanning a wide range of natural subjects. Subjects will include wildflowers, geologic features and grand mountains views found in Lassen Volcanic National Park.

The workshop will begin with a two hour class presentation covering the principle of lighting and composition. This part of the workshop will be on Friday evening from 6-8 pm at the Loomis Museum. The 5 hour field excursion will begin at 7am at the Loomis Museum on Saturday morning. Lunch break from noon to 1:30 pm. First optional session is from 1:30 to 3:00 pm. This session will allow for your questions and additional practice. A post photo-shoot critique session from 5:30m-7:30 pm also at the Loomis Museum. A second optional session is scheduled from 7:30 pm – Sunset. This will cover Sunset photography.

The cost for this 2 day photo workshop is $150.00. To receive a discount please become a member of the Lassen Association. Basic membership fees are only 25.00.   With a basic membership cost of this workshop is reduced to only $135.00.  Please visit the Lassen Association website for more information on membership levels and benefits.

For more information or to register, please contact Melanie Allen by phone at 530-378-1495 or e-mail at lassenassociation@yahoo.com. Information about this program is also available at either visitor center in Lassen Park. The Loomis Museum at the north entrance or at the Kohm Yah-mah-nee bookstore at the south entrance of Lassen Park.

St. Bernard lodge still has rooms available for the Sept. 6th & 7th workshop. We are offering a 10.00 discount for anyone staying with us for two nights and attending the photography workshop. Check our availability or give us a call 530-258-3382.

Equine Trails Celebration Red Bluff California

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.

 

 

National Park Week 2013

March 22nd, 2013

Monday April 22 thru Friday April 26th 2013 is National Park Week. April 23rd is National Junior Ranger Day and April 27th is Volunteer Day.

 

Join National Park Week 2013

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Make your plans now to visit a National Park close to you during National Park week. During this week all National Parks offer free entrance.

Participating California National Parks include:

Lassen Volcanic                                                                                                                      
Cabrillo
Death Valley
Joshua Tree
Lava Beds
Muir Woods

Pinnacles
San Francisco Maritime
Sequoia Kings Canyon
Whiskeytown
Yosemite
Find a park near you!

National Park Week was first proclaimed in 1991

President George H.W. Bush proclaimed National Park Week to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the National Park Service.  Yellowstone was the first National Park in the world in 1872.  Lassen Volcanic National Park was originally two separate national monuments; Cinder Cone National Monument and Lassen Peak National Monument.  These two monuments and surrounding area were declared a National Park in 1916.  The National Park Service was also created in 1916 by Woodrow Wilson.  Both Lassen Park and the National Park service will be celebrating their 100th anniversary in 2016.  As of 2013 the National Park system has over 450 natural, historical, recreational & cultural areas throughout the U.S. and its territories.

Fun facts about our National Parks

84 million acres are designated as National Park land,  17,000 miles of trails, 43,000 miles of shoreline, 27,000 historic or prehistoric structures, 100 million museum items and 12,000 campsites. As of 2013 there are 398 National Parks.  There is at least one National Park in every state except Delaware.  California is host to the most National Parks in a given state.  Every American is less than 100 miles from a national park experience.

Fun facts specific to Lassen Park

Find Yourself at Lassen

Over 106,000 acres, 150 miles of trails, only National Park with all 4 types of volcanoes, largest plug dome volcano in the world, southern most volcano in the Cascade Range, 779 plant species, 216 species of birds, 11 campgrounds with 496 campsites, 3 areas with stock corrals (Butte Lake, Juniper Lake and Summit Lake).  Lassen Park road is the highest road in the Cascade Mountains reaching 8,512 feet. One of the least visited National Parks, making it a great park to get out and explore without crowds found at some other National Parks. Plan you trip now to Lassen.

Find a park near you and take advantage of free entrance during National Park Week this April.  Call St. Bernard Lodge for special pricing for lodging during this week.  St. Bernard Lodge is only 20 minutes from the SW park entrance of Lassen Park  also within a few hours of Whiskeytown and Lava Beds. Whiskeytown should have spring flowers and Lassen will still have snow for snow-play for the kids, snowshoeing or cross country skiing. If you enjoy exploring caves Lava Beds is for you.  Get out and enjoy the Spring!

Bring your kids on April 23rd for National Junior Ranger Day.  Currently there are over 290 Junior Ranger Programs in the National Park Service.

If you choose to visit Lassen Park please make sure to stop in for a visit at St. Bernard Lodge.  Even if you are not planning on staying with us, call ahead and dine with us. To make reservations for rooms or dining 530-258-3382.

 

 

Help Quincy, California Become the Coolest Small Town in America for 2013

February 11th, 2013

We are in the last few days of the 8th Annual Coolest Small Town contest held by Budget Travel.  This year has been the biggest contest to date.  There have been 924 nominations and 96,605 votes placed to select the top 15 towns.  Now Budget Travel is narrowing it down to the people’s choice of the top 10 Coolest Towns in America.  Voting will end Friday night February 15th at midnight EST.  You are allowed to vote once per day for your favorite small town in America.

To be part of this contest the Coolest Small Town must have a population below 10,000 and have “an edge and a heart”.  Budget Travel is looking for small towns across America that have that indescribable something like; independent shops, a sense of energy, an epic backyard, culture and of course delicious coffee.

Quincy, California is a great small town and fits the bill perfectly.  Population stands at 5,500 and Quincy serves as the County seat for the large and diversified County of Plumas.  Plumas County and Quincy sit in a wonderful hidden part of Northern California, 1 1/2 hours from Reno, NV and 2 hours from Tahoe.  Downtown Quincy is made up of a variety of independent shops, with merchants that enjoy sharing their knowledge of the area.  Main Street Quincy is decorated by a group of dedicated local merchants; in the summer beautiful hanging flower baskets, and during the holiday season decorated wreaths line the street.  A leisurely walking tour starts at the Plumas County Museum and wanders through town featuring murals and historic buildings.

Quincy has a strong art community with Plumas Arts, the historic Town Hall Theatre and the newly opened West End Theatre.

 

 

When visiting Quincy you can start your day off with great coffee at the Alley Cat Cafe, lunch at the Court House Cafe and dinner at Moon’s.  Cocktails and entertainment at Main Street Sports Bar and Lounge.  Some of the unique shops in Quincy include; Emily’s Garden, La Casa Bella Fine Furnishings, Village Antiques & Associates, Carey Candy Company, to name a few.

When you are ready to get out and explore the epic outdoors surrounding Quincy you may want to consider Lake Almanor Kayak Rentals or the Sierra Touring Company.  Plumas County is home to over 100 lakes, 1,000 miles of streams and numeroues waterfalls,and over 2,618 square miles of National Forest.  The Pacific Crest Trail runs close to Quincy and Lassen Volcanic National Park is a short drive north of Quincy.  Some of the best Fall Colors in California can be found in Quincy and the surrounding area as well as a great Barn Quilt Trail.

If you would like more information on the diversity of geography, attractions, lodging or history of the area please visit PlumasCounty.org.  Check the  65 comments posted by locals and visitors of Quincy made in support of Quincy, Ca being worthy of Coolest Small Town in America for 2013.

If you have not voted please do so now.  We are  looking forward to sharing our corner of the world with you.

Just to let you know these are the other towns competing with Quincy ; Bay St. Louis, Mississippi; Camden, Maine; Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin; Flagler Beach, Florida; Glenwood Springs, Colorado; Greenville, Kentucky; Gulf Shores, Alabama; Lititz, Pennsylvania; Put-in-Bay, Ohio;  Shepherdstown, West Virginia; Travelers Rest, South Carolina and Watkins Glen, New York.

 

I love Quincy because it’s one of the last small towns that hasn’t been “citified”. It is surrounded by pristine forest, secluded mountain lakes, 1000′s of miles of streams, with clean air, pure water, organic farms & ranches and you can still see the stars at night. - Emily Webb

Charming town in a gorgeous natural setting. All the outdoor activities your heart desires plus a vibrant arts community – galleries, live music, community theater – and every summer a world class music festival. Excellent locally owned eateries. Best of all, a diverse population of neighborly, welcoming people who work together to maintain the uniqueness of their beloved hometown. - Libbie Coleman

 

Website to vote:    budgettravel.com/contest/americas-coolest-small-towns-2013,14/