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17th Annual Winter Trail Days

December 9th, 2011

 

 

 

 

Come Enjoy the New Year in the Snow

Learn To Snowshoe. It is easy!

 

 

St. Bernard Lodge , Chico XC Club  and Lassen Volcanic National Park are participating Jan. 7th 2012 in Winter Trail Days.

To commemorate National Winter Trails Day on Saturday, January 7, a special snowshoe program will be offered at 10:30 a.m. from the Kohm Yah-mah-nee Visitor Center and led by Park Rangers.

Chico XC Club will be offering free XC ski instructions at the McGowan Trailhead in Lassen National Forest.

St. Bernard Lodge will have limited number of free snowshoes for use on Saturday.

The lodge will be offering a special 20% discount for rooms for anyone staying two nights between Jan. 5th and Jan. 8th.  Need to call the lodge directly for this pricing, 530-258-3382.  Please check  our facebook page for up dates of special events and locations for Winter Trail Day.

Lassen Volcanic National Park offers unparalleled opportunities for winter recreation, including snow play, skiing and snowshoeing. Ranger-led snowshoe walks for the general public leave from the Kohm Yah-mah-nee Visitor Center – open year-round – on Saturdays and Sundays at 1:30 p.m. from December 17 to April 8.

New this year, rangers will lead more challenging snowshoe hikes to Ridge Lakes on December 30 and March 24, available by reservation only. Call (530) 595-6133 to make reservations for special programs or organized groups.

When planning special programs for groups consider the St. Bernard Lodge for accommodations and meals.  The lodge is open year-round and only 20 minutes from SW entrance of Lassen Volcanic National Park and one hour from both Chico and Red Bluff, Ca.

Saturday Jan. 14th Lassen Park will be hosting a wonderful winter day at the Lassen Film Festival,  beginning at 10:00 a.m. Films that highlight park and outdoor recreation will be shown in the visitor center auditorium. Visitors can plan for a fun day of snow play, lunch at the Lassen Café,  or St. Bernard Lodge and viewing one or more films.

Lassen Volcanic National Park is also pleased to announce that with the assistance from Caltrans, four new highway signs have been installed in surrounding communities to inform travelers about the park road status. The signs indicate whether travel through the park is possible and provide a phone number for updated road conditions. During the fall and spring, when rapidly changing weather requires temporary road closures, the signs will help alert travelers prior to their arrival. Signs are located at the following highway junctions: 36 / 99 near Red Bluff; 36 / 89 near Chester; 89 / 44 near Old Station; approximately 10 miles east of Interstate 5 on 44 near Millville. More detailed information on current park conditions can be found online at www.nps.gov/lavo, on Facebook and Twitter.

Visitors traveling to the park should be prepared for winter weather and driving conditions. Carry tire chains in your vehicle from October through May, along with extra food, water, and blankets. For more information, please contact the park at (530) 595-4480, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. or visit the park website at www.nps.gov/lavo.  Caltrans can be reached at 1-800-427- ROAD for current Highway conditions in the area.

 

Thanksgiving in the Mountains

November 18th, 2011

Join Us For Our  13th Annual Thanksgiving Day Feast at the St. Bernard Lodge

Featuring Roast Turkey with all the trimmings,  Glazed Ham, Candied Yams, Fresh Baked Bread, Salad Bar and an assortment of Homemade Desserts.

We will be serving  Thursday, November 24th,  1 pm – 5 pm
$24.95 per person
To make your reservations please call  530-258-3382

If you want to stay the weekend and enjoy the many local events book a room with us at the St. Bernard Lodge.

Special events for the weekend include Christmas Tree Permits and tree cutting in the Plumas and Lassen National Forests.  With a $10 permit Christmas trees may be cut until December 24, 2011.  The Almanor Ranger District in Chester will be open Saturdays: Nov. 26, Dec.3,10 & 17th from 9 am to 3pm.  Make sure to stop in an visit us at the St. Bernard Lodge for breakfast, lunch or dinner while you are in the area.  give us a call at 530-258-3382.

November 25th the Chester area merchants will be hosting Merchant’s Open House from 5 pm – 9pm.  It is a night of Holiday fun for the entire family.  Merchants stay open with holiday goodies and sales.  There will be bonfires, carols and Christmas Tree lighting, a special visit from Santa and an informal light parade.

On the 26th  Taylorsville hosts their 11th Annual Light Parade with craft booths, Chili Dinner and of course Santa.

 

 

Celebrate Veteran’s Day

October 30th, 2011

B&Bs FOR VETS

B&B's offering Free Rooms for Vets

Innkeepers want to say thank you to those who’ve served their country by inviting veterans to wake up on 11-11-11 in a B&B. Inns and B&Bs throughout North America will open their doors to active and retired military and vets and one guest by offering a free room to those who’ve served in the military on Thursday, November 10, 2011. While hundreds of inns and B&Bs have signed on to provide rooms, they will be reserved quickly, so review the list below from innkeepers in the U.S. and reserve your room while space is available.

For a complete list of Canadian inns and B&Bs participating in the B&Bs for Vets program, visit BBCanada.com’s B&Bs for Vets page and search by province. At this time there are over 495 B&B’s in the U.S. and 295 in Canada which are participating in this program.

St. Bernard Lodge is offering a free room on either November 10th or November 11th.  Please call the lodge directly to make a reservation.

Lassen Volcanic National Park is offering fee free days November 11, 12 and 13.

From the entire B&B industry, thank you to all those who are presently serving or have served to protect our freedom.

Instructions for Vets:
1.Vets – please contact the inns and B&Bs directly to reserve your room.
2.Rooms are complimentary for Thursday, November 10, 2011 for vets and one guest; most rooms accommodate two guests only.
3.Proof of veteran status may be requested.
4.Vets – please note no fees will be charged for a reserved one-night veteran’s stay but a credit card may be required to book your stay. Credit card or cash may be accepted for add-ons and additional nights. While policies vary from inn to inn, the full rate may be charged if the complimentary room night is not occupied or not canceled in a timely manner according to the inn’s standard reservation practices or cancellation period set for this special event. Please be considerate if your plans change; most inns will have a waiting list for their complimentary rooms, and a proper cancellation will always be filled with a fellow deserving vet.

Point Cabrillo Light Station

October 27th, 2011

 

Point Cabrillo Lighthouse

If you are visiting the Mendocino Coast, Point Cabrillo Light Station is well worth a visit. The first and third weekend of March 2012 they will be hosting a special Whale Festival with some of the best views for whale watching on the coast.

If you have a few days to stay in the area check-out staying at the Point Cabrillo Lightkeeper’s House. Price is very reasonable compared to other lodging in Mendocino.

The Point Cabrillo Lighthouse was established in 1909. It is one of the best restored lighthouses on the west coast and is located just north of Mendocino and south of Caspar, Ca.

California State Parks purchased the light station in 2002, unfortunately it is one of the 70 state parks slated to close July 1, 2012.

It is a 1/2 mile walk from parking area to lighthouse with views of wildlife and the ocean.  The Light Station is also close to Mendocino Headlands SP, and Russian Gulch SP.

Fall Colors are Here

October 25th, 2011

Lassen in background

Come visit Lassen Volcanic National Park and Plumas County. We have a variety of fall colors to see and the weather is great!
For a complete driving guide check out Plumas County Fall Color Guide, it will show you driving routes for the best fall colors in Plumas County.  Hwy 89 through Lassen Park will give you great fall colors and views of Lake Almanor.  If you want to hike while you are here check out Mill Creek Falls  and Kings Creek Falls both great hikes in Lassen Park.

For some great photo tips check Awesome Autumn.  Plumas county also has a self guided driving and biking tour of local historical barns displaying quilt blocks.  This tour was created through a grant of the California 4-H Youth Development Program.  Many of the barns are in the same areas as our wonderful fall colors.

Lassen Volcanic National Park is offering no fee days November 11,12,and 13th.  St. Bernard Lodge is offering a lodging special of book three nights and get the third night at 50% off until November 31st.

 

LASSEN VOLCANIC NATIONAL PARK ROAD OPENS

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

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.

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

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

LASSEN VOLCANIC NATIONAL PARK – A COOL PLACE TO VISIT THIS FOURTH OF JULY

June 30th, 2011

View of Lassen Park on June 30, 2011Lassen Park will be a cool summer retreat from the valley this holiday weekend for visitors looking to camp, hike, fish,picnic, kayak, and even play in the snow. The park has a wonderful variety of activities for visitors because of the differing elevations in the park. The main road through the park will not be completely open until July 8. At this time it is open ten miles in on the north side of park to the Devastated Area and seven miles to the Bumpass Hell Trailhead parking area from the Southwest Entrance. Hikers to Lassen Peak will find that it requires an ice ax, crampons and a helmet for safety. It will be an excellent weekend for spring skiing and snowshoeing in the higher elevations.

Fourth of July weekend the park will be offering special programs, visitors are welcome to attend programs featuring former Lassen Volcanic National Park interpretation rangers. More information can be found on the park website at htttp://www.nps.gov/lavo

If you need a great place to eat breakfaast, lunch or dinner just call ahead for reservations at the St. Bernard Lodge 530-258-3382.