Sunday, June 30, 2019

Modoc National Wildlife Refuge ↔ Alturas, California

Part of me doesn't want to share with you how wonderful I think the Modoc National Wildlife Refuge is because I want to keep it all to myself!

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This little slice of heaven in Alturas, California is never crowded and it's so nice to get out into nature and feel like you have the place all to yourself. Despite my selfish reasons, I'm sharing it anyway because I think it's one of the most beautiful wildlife refuges I've been to in northern California and it deserves some love.

Kaye Johnson Nature Trail

There's a 3 mile auto tour route, a lovely paved walking trail, a viewing blind, and best of all, you can't swing a camera without it landing in a gorgeous spot to snap a photo. We're talking 360 degree views (as you'll be able to see from the video below) and the scenery makes me want to buy a little farm next to the refuge, prop my feet up on the front porch rail, and watch the clouds mosey on by.

Rachelle Vaughn is Vaughn the Road Again

The drive from Redding to Alturas is absolutely gorgeous. Since it's way up there in northeastern California and might not be on your road trip itinerary, I made the staggering sacrifice of putting together a little video showcasing the beauty of Modoc. We'll zip through the auto tour around Teal Pond, take a walk on the Kaye Johnson Nature Trail, and cruise down some of the countryside boundary roads. Let's go!


For more photos/videos/info about the birds found at the refuge, visit my birding website Wings and Daydreams. And here is the link to the Modoc NWR website so you can plan your own trip to this Pacific Flyway wildlife oasis.

It's adventure time!


Saturday, June 29, 2019

Manzanita Creek ↔ Lassen Volcanic National Park

The sights and sounds of Manzanita Creek throughout the seasons, including the American Dipper and Spotted Sandpiper that call this beautiful creek home...


You can find more posts about my visits to Lassen Volcanic National Park HERE.


Let's go on an adventure!



Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Hat Creek Rim Overlook ↔ Old Station, California ↔ Pacific Crest Trail

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Located near Old Station, California (on the way to Lassen Volcanic National Park), the Hat Creek Rim Overlook is a breathtaking viewing area showcasing Lassen Peak (10,457 ft), Mt. Shasta  (14, 162 ft), Crater Peak (8,677 ft), Burney Mountain (8,550 ft), and Magee Peak (8,550 ft). There are vault toilets (the cleanest I've ever used!), several picnic tables, and lots of RV parking. This site is wheelchair accessible and the overlook is easy to get to with a paved path.

The Hat Creek Rim Overlook also provides an access point onto the Pacific Crest Trail.


Have a look at the incredible views, plus some early summer wildflowers blooming around the picnic area...


Let's go on an adventure!


Sunday, June 23, 2019

Moment of Zen ≈ Shadow Lake, Lassen Volcanic National Park

Shadow Lake is one of my favorite lakes located in Lassen Volcanic National Park in northern California.


For more info about my hike to this beautiful lake, click here.


Let's go on an adventure!


Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Northern California Road Trip ↔ Butte Lake, Lassen Volcanic National Park

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The trip to Butte Lake in Lassen Volcanic National Park is such a beautiful drive that I thought I'd share it with you via my dash cam footage! This is a 1 hr. 45 min. drive (the video has been sped up a little) and begins on Deschutes Rd. in Anderson, right off of Interstate 5.

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The Butte Lake Campground is remote and has few amenities, but offers beautiful views, hiking access to Cinder Cone, a .4 mile hike to Bathtub Lake, and a non-motorized boat launch for paddling along Butte Lake's lava rock shores.

Let's go!


Let's go on an adventure!



Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Moment of Zen ≈ Bathtub Lake, Lassen Volcanic National Park

Take a moment to appreciate the beauty of Bathtub Lake in Lassen Volcanic National Park...


Let's go on an adventure!



Sunday, June 16, 2019

Virtual Hike 👣 Terrace Lake & Shadow Lake in Lassen Volcanic National Park

An autumn sunrise hike to Terrace Lake and around Shadow Lake in Lassen Volcanic National Park in northern California...


Read more about my hike to Terrace Lake & Shadow Lake here.

Let's go on an adventure!


Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Moment of Zen ≈ Manzanita Lake, Lassen Volcanic National Park

Got a minute? That's all it takes to appreciate the beauty of Manzanita Lake in northern California's Lassen Volcanic National Park...


Let's go on an adventure!


Sheepy Ridge Wildlife Trail Tule Lake Lookout

After hiking Sheepy Ridge in March, I thought it'd be fun to look back at the photos from when we did it a couple years ago. (Here's the link to the March visit. And here's the link to May's.)



What a difference 2 months makes!

I'm so glad I took photos from the same spot each time. Wonder what other locations I've been to in different seasons. Hmmm...that sounds like a project...


Let's go on an adventure!


Sunday, June 9, 2019

Sheepy Ridge Wildlife Trail & Discovery Marsh ↔ Klamath Basin National Wildlife Refuge Complex

When we returned to the Klamath Basin National Wildlife Refuge, I knew we had to make time to hike up Sheepy Ridge. The trail is right behind the visitor's center and I highly recommend it. Gosh, it's steep, but that view at the top is spectacular!

Klamath Basin National Wildlife Refuge Complex

Here's the link to the blog post from my first time hiking Sheepy Ridge. It's pretty hilarious to look back and read it! I had no idea what I was in for.

Klamath Basin National Wildlife Refuge Complex

We also walked the Discovery Marsh Trail, which is right across the street from the visitor's center...

Klamath Basin National Wildlife Refuge Complex



What is it about those cloud time lapses that I love so much? Gorgeous!

Let's go on an adventure!




Sunday, June 2, 2019

Moment of Zen ≈ Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge time lapse

A storm is rollin' in at the Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge...


Read more about my visit to the refuge here.