Thursday, May 23, 2019

World Turtle Day ↔ Smiling Pond Turtles

🐢 Happy World Turtle Day!

Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge northern California

You can find plenty of smiling pond turtles at the Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge in Northern California!

Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge

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Sunday, May 19, 2019

Moment of Zen ≈ Beaver at Packer Lake

If only we could all be as chill as this Beaver we spotted at Packer Lake, in the Codora Unit of the Sacramento River National Wildlife Refuge...



Sunday, May 12, 2019

Virtual Hike 👣 Devil's Kitchen Trail in Lassen Volcanic National Park

An autumn sunrise hike to Devil's Kitchen in Lassen Volcanic National Park in northern California...


Read more about my hike to Devil's Kitchen here.


Sunday, May 5, 2019

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Sunrise at Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge


We enjoyed the most beautiful drive through the Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge auto tour. As a bonus, there was a full moon during our sunrise visit.

I put together a little video of some of the birds and wildlife we spotted along the way...


For more info about the variety of birds found at the refuge, please visit my birding website Wings and Daydreams.


Let's go on an adventure!



Sunday, April 28, 2019

Lower Klamath National Wildlife Refuge ↔ Klamath Basin Complex


Last month, we took a drive up to the Lower Klamath National Wildlife Refuge to see for ourselves if there really are up to 500 Bald Eagles wintering there. Sure enough, we were not disappointed.


(For pics and video of the birds in the area, please visit my birding website Wings and Daydreams.)


The roads were icy on the way up, but the scenery and views are totally worth slippin' and slidin' all over the road! Once we arrived at the refuge, it was a little frosty and all of the mountains and foothills were dusted beautifully with snow.




It's amazing what a difference a drought year can make!




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Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Wildflower Hunting 🌼 Gray Lodge Wildlife Area

We found so many beautiful wildflowers at the Gray Lodge Wildlife Area in Gridley, California!

Now I'm on a mission to find out their names...


Read more about my visits to this scenic area in northern California HERE.

Let's go on an adventure!


Sunday, April 21, 2019

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Sacramento River National Wildlife Refuge ↔ Pine Creek Unit

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We enjoyed the most beautiful walk on the nature trail loop at the Pine Creek Unit of the Sacramento River National Wildlife Refuge!


It was a cloudy day (my favorite kind!) and there were plenty of birds to keep us company as the clouds drifted overhead. We didn't encounter a single person during our two hour walk and it was a great place to reconnect with nature. I already can't wait to go back!



→ For more info about the birds we spotted, please visit my birding blog Wings and Daydreams.

→ HERE is the link to the Pine Creek Unit brochure provided by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service.


Let's go on an adventure!


Sunday, April 14, 2019

Virtual Hike 👣 Boiling Springs Lake Trail in Lassen Volcanic National Park

An autumn sunrise hike to Boiling Springs Lake in Lassen Volcanic National Park in northern California...


Read more about my hike to Boiling Springs Lake here.


Thursday, April 11, 2019

Logan Creek Trail Wildflowers ↔ Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge


The sun is rising up over the valley, storm clouds are on the move, and we're walking the Logan Creek Trail at the Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge in northern California...


For more info about the many birds found at the refuge, visit my birding website Wings and Daydreams!


Sunday, April 7, 2019

Sunday, March 31, 2019

Virtual Hike 👣 Horseshoe Lake Trail in Lassen Volcanic National Park

An autumn sunrise hike to Horseshoe Lake in beautiful Lassen Volcanic National Park in northern California...


Read more about my hike to Horseshoe Lake here.



Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Relaxin' in Lassen ~ 1 Hour of Beautiful Nature and Calming Music


Lose yourself in the beauty of northern California's Lassen Volcanic National Park...

This one hour video of picturesque lakes, waterfalls, geothermal areas and scenic Lassen locations paired with soothing music is sure to relax and delight you.


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Sunday, March 24, 2019

Moment of Zen ≈ Lower McCloud Falls

Here's a little glimpse at the beauty of Lower McCloud Falls at sunrise...


Click here for the post on my hike to all three McCloud waterfalls.


Sunday, March 17, 2019

North Central Valley Wildlife Management Area ↔ Llano Seco Unit


Llano Seco at sunrise is one of the most beautiful ways to spend a morning. We took a walk down the picturesque nature trail and saw lots of Pintail ducks, a Kestrel, Phoebe and heard the magical song of the Western Meadowlark.


The Llano Seco Unit is part of the North Central Valley Wildlife Management Area, and consists of over 1,700 acres, with wetlands, grasslands and some riparian habitats. Its close proximity to the city of Chico (about 10 miles to the southwest) makes accessibility a breeze.



Make sure you watch the video below to get a 360 degree taste of how scenic this spot is and how loud the birds and ducks are!


For more about the birds found in the area, visit my birding blog Wings and DaydreamsHere's the Fish & Wildlife website with more info, maps and directions on how to get to the refuge.


Let's go on an adventure!


Sunday, March 10, 2019

Moment of Zen ≈ Dancing Clouds

Today's relaxing moment of zen is brought to you by the beautiful dancing clouds on the Ridge Lakes Trail in Lassen Volcanic National Park in northern California...


Read more about my hike to Ridge Lakes here.


Sunday, March 3, 2019

Fowlers Campground ⛺ McCloud, California


While we were hiking the McCloud River Falls Trail, we noticed this beautiful campground situated right next to the river.


It's steps away from Lower Falls and next to the trail that leads to Middle and Upper.




Although it was closed when we went by, it looks like a beautiful place to camp. I did some checking and the campground is open from mid-April to mid-October and has over 30 sites for tents, RVs and trailers. There area also vaulted toilets and piped drinking water.


Read more about our hike to all 3 falls (and watch the video!) here.


McCloud River Falls Trail ↔ Lower, Middle and Upper Falls


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Today's adventure takes us to the McCloud River Falls Trail!


Instead of driving to each waterfall individually, we parked in the Lower Falls parking lot and walked the 5 mile round-trip trail.

Lower Falls


The trail was icy and slippery in some spots, but we adventured on to see the other two waterfalls...


I have to say, this was probably one of my favorite hikes so far. I know, I know, I've probably said that already about a half dozen other trails, but I really enjoyed this one. There's just something so magical about a trail that follows a river and I can't get enough of the wonderful sound of rushing water.




Middle Falls is a massive wall of water that you can hear long before you even come up on it...




I couldn't believe how much water was pumping through the Upper Falls. (You'll get a better idea of the power of it when you watch the video below.) Make sure you walk the trail that takes you up past it because the rushing river is just as fun to watch as the waterfall itself.

Upper Falls


The fact that there are three uniquely beautiful waterfalls within a few miles of each other still blows my mind. And you don't necessarily have to take the full hike to them because they are reachable from their individual parking lots.


Without the treacherous ice, this trail would be an extremely easy hike, with just one steep spot and some stairs to climb to reach the top of Middle Falls. We got an early start and arrived at the Lower Falls at around 8:30 a.m. and didn't see a single person during our entire hike. When we returned to Lower at around 1:30, there were a few people around the falls and just beginning their hike. These falls can get quite busy during the warmer months, so we were delighted to have the place to ourselves!


There's also a nice campground right next to the Lower Falls (Fowlers Campground) where we enjoyed our picnic lunch. It's closed for the winter right now, but I bet it's a great place to camp right there next to the river.

We will definitely be returning to this gem of a trail in the spring!


Let's go on an adventure!