Sunday, April 5, 2020

Cosumnes River Preserve ↔ Sacramento County, California


The Cosumnes River Preserve is a great place to see wildlife, photograph birds and simply enjoy the wonderful scenery.


The walking trails were so beautiful and diverse, and the views from the boardwalk were amazing!


Don't you just love it when the clouds put on a show?


I'll be posting pics of the birds we saw over on my birding website Wings and Daydreams. Plus, you can find the wildflowers at Wildflower Wednesday.


Here's the link to the preserve's website for more about the trails and activities.

Let's go on an adventure!


Wednesday, March 25, 2020

California Dutchman's Pipe ↔ Battle Creek Wildlife Area Wildflowers

Anderson, California wildflowers

Sometimes you see something amazing growing in nature and you have no idea what it could possible be...

Anderson, California wildflowers

Anderson, California wildflowers

Luckily, this incredible-looking plant was pictured on the sign at the kiosk at the Battle Creek Wildlife Area!

Anderson, CA northern California wildflowers

🎕 For more wonderful wildflower pics, visit Wildflower Wednesday 🎕


Let's go on an adventure!


Sunday, March 15, 2020

Battle Creek Wildlife Area ↔ Oaktree Trailhead

shasta county walking trails

The Battle Creek Wildlife Area offers a diverse 4-mile round trip trail that winds through riparian forests, marshes, and oak woodland.

shasta county walking trails things to do

We saw lots of birds, butterflies and wildflowers during our walk. Bald Eagles and Osprey nest there in the spring and, sure enough, we we lucky enough to see two Bald Eagles and their nest.

Keep in mind that each visitor must have a CDFW Lands Pass.

things to do in shasta county easy walking nature trails

More about the birds we saw in the area can be found at my birding website Wings and Daydreams. And you can find my wildflower photography over at Wildflower Wednesday.



Let's go on an adventure!



Wednesday, March 11, 2020

Gray Lodge Wildlife Area ↔ Northern California Nature

Gridley, CA places to see birds in northern California

Our annual visit to the Gray Lodge Wildlife Area in early March did not disappoint!

Gray Lodge Wildlife Area Northern California Nature
Wetland Discovery Trail
Gray Lodge Wildlife Area Northern California Nature
The Sutter Buttes as seen from the auto tour route
Gray Lodge Wildlife Area Northern California Nature
Sunrise at the observation platform
Gray Lodge Wildlife Area Northern California Nature
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For more info about the many birds found in the area,
please visit my birding website Wings and Daydreams.

Gray Lodge Wildlife Area Northern California Nature

Let's go on an adventure!



Wednesday, March 4, 2020

Battle Creek Wildlife Area ~ Northern California Walking Trails

walking trails birding nature wildlife trail easy walks

There were plenty of birds, ducks and wildflowers to see at the Battle Creek Wildlife Area today!

Battle Creek Wildlife Area Anderson Cottonwood Northern California

Battle Creek Wildlife Area Anderson Cottonwood Northern California

We only had time for a quick visit, but we'll definitely be back so I can put together a video of this beautiful area for you...

Battle Creek Wildlife Area Anderson Cottonwood Northern California

You can find my bird photography over at Wings and Daydreams and more wildflower photos at Wildflower Wednesday...


Let's go on an adventure!


Friday, February 21, 2020

Orchard Blooms ~ Arbuckle, California

The best thing about driving down a country road in Arbuckle in Colusa County? Seeing all the beautiful orchard trees in bloom...

vaughn the road again

vaughn the road again

vaughn the road again


Let's go on an adventure!


Sunday, December 29, 2019

Top 10 Adventures of 2019 ↔ Vaughn the Road Again

looking back at the top 10 travel adventures of 2019

It's always fun to take a look back and remember all the wonderful adventures of the year!

We did a lot of hiking during the summer, along with a dozen visits to our local wildlife refuges here in Northern California. All of our trips in 2019 were special in their own way and I cherish the tons of photos and video we took, so it was tough to narrow it down to just ten!

Here they are...

10. Hat Creek Rim Overlook. Not only was this a beautiful drive, but when we arrived, there were colorful wildflowers growing everywhere and incredible views of Shasta and Lassen. What a lovely stop along the Pacific Crest Trail!

northern california wildflowers photography

9. Paradise Meadow. Even though we hiked this trail a little too early for the wildflower bloom, the payoff was pretty and I enjoyed how the path followed along the creek.

northern california hiking adventures

8. Sheepy Ridge Wildlife Trail. This was our second time trekking up Sheepy Ridge and the views at the top were just as wonderful as I remembered.

hiking sheepy ridge wildlife trail

7. Ridge Lakes. We also did a return hike to Ridge Lakes, and were able to compare how the different seasons transform the scenery. I swear, this lake has some of the most incredible reflections in all of the park!

northern california hiking trails

6. Manzanita Lake. The walk around Manzanita Lake never disappoints. This year we had our first-ever Western Tanager, Pileated Woodpecker and Evening Grosbeak sightings.

northern california hiking trails

5. Speaking of sightings, our Beaver sighting at the Codora Unit of the Sacramento River NWR was something I'll never forget!


4. Manzanita Creek Trail. This trail had a lot of wildflowers and the views at the end made the steep 7 mile round-trip hike totally worth it.

northern california wildflowers

3. McCloud Falls. Oh boy, this was an awesome trail! We took the 5 mile round-trip hike and saw all three of the waterfalls, Upper, Middle and Lower McCloud Falls.

best waterfalls in northern california

2. Brokeoff Mountain. This bad boy was a total beast and I still can't believe we made it all the way up to the top! There's definitely some truth to the whole "the higher you climb, the greater the views" thing.

northern california hiking trails

Before we get to the Number One adventure of 2019, here are a few Honorable Mentions:

→ The purple wildflower superbloom at the Sacramento NWR
→ Driving through snow-covered Lassen VNP, right after the road opened
→ The Gray Lodge Wildlife Area wildflowers (what started Wildflower Wednesday)
→ Walking the Logan Creek Trail for the first time

All right, that brings us to my favorite adventure of the year! Drumroll please...

1. Mt. Harkness Fire Lookout Trail Loop. I loved the payoff of this hike, even more than Brokeoff! The views at the fire lookout were absolutely spectacular and I'm so glad we stuck with it and made it all the way to the top. Standing up there at over 8,000 feet made me feel more on top of the world than I've ever felt in my life.

best northern california hiking trails views

Well, after this little trip down memory lane, I've got to say that we definitely made the most of 2019. I literally took thousands of photos and I'm so proud of the videos I made for my YouTube channel. Most of our hiking goals were accomplished and I'm thrilled to have made these memories with the love of my life. He definitely pushed me to climb higher, hike further and be the kind of strong, fearless woman I've always dreamed of being.

As for 2020, well, the sky is the limit...