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Up and Around a Waterfall

Nature brings out what is important.

As I’ve written plenty of times before, a great thing about my job is the ability to experience those things off the beaten path.

For the past 2 weeks we’ve had claims northeast of Redding. 2 weeks ago we had claims in Redding then the following day in Mt Shasta and Eureka. Lots of driving! This also meant taking roads we’d never been on before.

On the way to our claims in Fall River Mills we had a clear view of Mt Lassen from Redding. The Mt was so beautiful. We were reminded of our hike up to the top many years ago when our boys were young. When we took the grandkids the path was full of snow and we couldn’t make it to the top.
Before arriving at Fall River Mills we saw a sign with an arrow to Burned Falls to the west. We wondered what in the world was at Burned Falls, but had to put it aside as we need to get on with the work at hand.

We finished our claims quicker than anticipated and started on another new road towards Mr. Shasta. We were driving along and saw a signed for Burned Falls but to the east this time. As it was earlier than we’d thought it would be we thought “why not?”

We took the road to Burned Falls State Park; the campground was not open yet for the season but the hike to the falls was open. The falls are not visible from the rim so one must take a walkway down.

A very short walk down the paved walkway leads to a Y: A lookout to the left and a path down to the right. If visiting 1st go to the lookout for a breathtaking site. There are 2 main falls and then lots of small falls coming thru the rock face of the cliff. The path leads to the bottom of the falls and beyond.IMG_0971.jpg

We went on to take the walk down to the bottom of the falls, stopping along the way to take photos. The sky was not great but I still took a ton of photos.IMG_0941.jpg

This past week I received more claims and at the last minute, as we were driving, I received one in Burney. It was a very long claims day but we thought that we’d stop again in Burney Falls if there was time. We had our 3 younger grandkids with us and thought that it would be a great place for them to do some stretching out.

We did get to Burney Falls late afternoon. I was finishing up some work so Dale went ahead with the kids. When I finally hit the trail I didn’t see anything of Dale and the kids. I figured that this time they took the loop. I just decided that I needed to stretch my legs and go the entire 1.3 mile loop walk as well. The kids, it turned out, ran the loop.

The loop walk is paved from the parking lot to the bottom of the falls then there is a path along the river. One crosses the river over a small bridge, then hikes up other side to a spot higher than the top of the falls, crosses over on another bridge and walks back to the parking lot.IMG_0957.jpg

As I walked I was enjoying the peace of the forest, the falls and the river. I stopped at one point to smell the forest. While I was just in the moment of being alone in the forest I thought of my relatives and friends who I’ve recently seen. Ones who will not, for various medical reasons, have the chance to hike like this.

I thought about the fact that we are all born with genes, and while some are good and some are bad, we have no control over them. And we do not know what turns our life will take even 5 minutes from now. The decisions we make, in good faith, may be bad due to another’s bad decision. So many factors; such is the circle of life. But what I knew in that moment is that I must be grateful for my good health, my ability to hike, the ability to travel, to remember those who are not so fortunate, not take anything for granted.

I smelled the pine trees and the fresh forest. I looked at the moss on the rocks, the waterfalls. I tried to soak in the surroundings for those who won’t be able to.

To my cousins and my friend. Thinking of you and I’m carrying you in my heart.

Posted by Miss Chris 21:45 Tagged hills nature hiking outdoors grandkids california_state_parks burney_falls Comments (0)

Crazy Horse & Mt. Rushmore

Visiting Crazy Horse Memorial and Mt. Rushmore

IMG_5682.jpg8 years ago we came thru this area on our way to Mt. Rushmore passing the Crazy Horse sculpture. We didn’t stop because we did not want to spend too much extra money but did take photos from the road. Since that time we learned that the Crazy Horse Memorial is only being made thru private donations. Also because we were spending time with American Indian issues we thought it would be a good time to visit.

Crazy Horse is a very short drive from Custer although driving an RV adds to the time for us. I think it takes about 1 hour with an RV.

The memorial is well organized with lots of RV and auto parking. We paid $25 which is the price for a car load of people. After parking visitors enter into a Visitor Center to watch a film on the building of the memorial and then enter a very large museum. Many people have made donations of historic items filling several large rooms. It is really collection overload.

From the museum, people go onto a patio where the models of the monument are located. Everyone takes a photo of the model with the actual sculpture in the background; well I didn’t but others did. We wanted to go out to the actual monument but there is a charge of $4 or $5/ person to ride a bus to the base and $125/person to go up on the arm. We didn’t feel like paying so much more so we just looked from the patio.

I should mention that the exhibits also include a couple of rooms of the home of the sculpture and a peek into his workshop.

Mt. Rushmore is only another hour away so worth a visit. When we arrived at Mt. Rushmore it was starting to rain so we went into the Visitor’s Center 1st, but we needed to collect the Jr. Ranger info anyway.

It continued to rain and mist but we enjoyed the visitor’s center, learning about the area. We would go out on occasion, when the clouds would lift, for a look and photo or two. We were lucky though, the rain stopped and we were able to do some walks before leaving. A longer walk is available that goes to the sculpture studio and then back to either the visitor’s center or the parking lot. The walk is considered more strenuous but we didn’t think that it was so bad and very scenic.
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Posted by Miss Chris 10:30 Archived in USA Tagged landscapes hills road_trip travel family tourist rv tourist_sites family_travel grandkids mt_rushmore crazy_horse_memorial Comments (0)

The Austrian Alps

A trip to St. Gilgan and the Lake Wofgangsee

Before leaving on this trip Dieter had emailed that he and Inge wanted to take us to a lake in the Bavarian Alps and do a steam train ride. We were not sure what this was all about but thought that it would likely be fun. Dieter arranged to call on the cell and ring twice when he was near the hotel and Inge would walk towards us our hotel meeting us.

Dieter drove to the lake while Dale and I enjoyed the views of lakes and mountains. He stopped at a lookout above St. GilgeIMG_4726.jpgn with views of the St. Wolfgangsee, see=lake, below. Dieter’s landlord had loaned him 2 Bavarian style hats and with Dieter also wearing his new Bavarian style jacket the guys posed for a great photo while Inge and I laughed until we were crying.

We drove on to the St. Woflgangsee where Dieter suggested that we take the boat cruise to the side where we’d catch a cog train to the top of the mountain. It was warm but partly cloudy, perfect for sitting on the top deck of the boat.

The SchafbergBahn is the cog train that goes nearly straight up the steep hill with only a few twists and turns. Much of the time the rails are on the edge of the hill with wonderful views of the lake and village. The train is pushed up the mountain with an engine that appears to be tipped to the front but it works very hard to get the 3 or 4 cars up the hill.

At the top of the mountain there is a guest house with restaurant and then off to the left a small coffee house with a small selection of foods. The coffee is served on the balcony overlooking the surrounding hills, lakes and villages. We were cool but sweaters were enough.

After returning to the valley below we stepped into a salt shop as Salzburg is really a city based on Salt mining for the past 25,000 years until just recently. I would have loved to take the tour of a mine but there was no time. By then it started raining.

Dieter returned us to our hotel only to find that his car was overheating and water pouring out of the radiator. We ran to the hotel room and filled the trash can with water, running it back to him. He made it back to where they were staying, not sure that we would try that but it worked for him.

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Posted by Miss Chris 15:10 Archived in Austria Tagged hills salzburg train lake austria salt cog wolfgangsee Comments (0)

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