Scott River in the Marble Mountain Wilderness in N. California. Both views of this wild river were taken from Indian Scotty bridge which leads to an awesome campground, as well as a cool road that takes you several miles up the mountain to Lovers Camp. Lovers Camp is the starting point for many trips up to Sky High and the Marble Mountain rim both by horse and foot. Sky High is an incredible beautiful huge meadow with three lakes and is about 13 miles up ftom Lovers Camp. It connects with the Pacific Crest Trail and the views from the top of the mountains are unbelievable with altitude running over 8500 ft. Lots of bear activity and rattlesnakes can be found sunning themselves, or cooling down under trees. On my first trip with Charlie and a few other people, I was petrified due to the straight down steep canyons our trail followed. I prayed the horses knew more than I did. Joel, Charlies long time friend, had a cranky mule that gave us all fits. However, we all loved him dearly, especially after a big rattler was on the upper trail. This mule and another one we had along trampled on that huge snake until it left the trail. I had never seen anything like it. I spent my first night ever alone on top of Marble Mountain with a zillion stars overhead and my few rations hanging high in a tree to keep the bears away. Mid August it was still freezing at night with the high elevation and I was thankful for my down bag. That night and that first trip in the high country lives with me today. And I am forever linked to this wild rugged landscape in N. California.
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What an absolutely beautiful place. The McCloud reservoir doesn't need filters of anykind. This incredible blue water is what your eyes see. McCloud itself, the rustic small town is south east of Mt. Shasta on Hwy. 89 that takes you to Lassen Park or Reno if you keep on going. One of my favorite roads in N. California, it's wild and straight. The McCloud river is name after a fur trapper from the Hudson Bay Company and boasts three waterfalls, although the hike in was too far for our aged legs. So we went exploring further and found this place.
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Good People, Good Partners: In summer 2016, the Mammoth Cave fire burned nearly 50,000 acres within the Shoshone Field Office, and while good portions of the burned area will be rehabilitated through drill and aerial seeding measures, the recovery could be hastened through the planting of sagebrush seedlings. Armed with tens of thousands of seedlings, borrowed and purchased dibble bar tools and a crew of team leads, the Bureau of Land Management (@mypubliclands) organized an impressive planting project for this inaugural effort with @clifbar. 📷: BLM-Idaho
Hilt California is a tiny town nestled in the foothills of the Siskiyou Mountains bordering S. Oregon. In 1907, the Fruit Growers Supply Company purchased the Northern California Lumber Company in Hilt. The Sunkist brand of Oranges and other citrus growers needed wooden boxes to ship fruit so it would not be damaged. In 1972, the lumber mill closed but Fruit Growers still owns considerable timberlands in this area. Responsible stewards of this land, some lumber is still harvested but in strict accordance with laws and their own personal standards. Driving through this area you find beautiful old growth trees and a myriad of different species of pines which speak of a healthy forest. The above pics show a stream meadering through the forest, an old homestead road, as well as the original barn on the Hilt family home.
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Blue Hour on the Klamath River in N. California. On the left is Hwy. 96 and on the right is the old stage coach road that came from Happy Camp up to Elk Creek Bridge which crossed back to Hwy. 96. Close to here is one of the most loved campgrounds on the Klamath, TREE OF HEAVEN. Nestled in a flat area among the willows on the river, this beautiful place was an old Chinese Settlement in which they brought this special tree with them from China. They boasted it could cure anything and their are alot of stories in the historical records of many settlers being cured by this plant and the unique Chinese medicine.
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Three roads at Shasta River Canyon in N. California. The lower road along the river is a continuation of the old stagecoach road that brought passengers from places along the Klamath River to the old gold mining town of Yreka. I am taking this pic from the back road we call the Shasta River Canyon Road and Interstate 5 runs along the ridge up above. If you pull in and look closely, you can see a truck on the far right just above where the Shasta River Canyon Road makes the hairpin turn. Most of the time our roads still feel like the old stagecoach road in this rugged.and wild country. Also, check out the Shasta River Canyon Road at the hairpin..far right. See how the ridge extending out from the canyon is cut in half so the road can go through their.
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The Klamath River flows through some of the most remote and rugged country in the United States. Starting in Oregon with it's headwaters very near Crater Lake, this wild river flows 267 miles, through California to the Pacific Ocean. The serene view here is deceiving, as the Klamath River flows fast and treacherous. However, the numerous tributarties and streams of the Klamath River offer beautiful waterholes for swimming and staying cool in the hot summer sun.
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High in the Marble Mountains lives Charlie Red Hawk Thom's Medicine Altar. Charlie, a Karuk Medicine Man and Ceremonial Leader from the Klamath River of N. California, uses altars like this to offer his prayers, songs and roots and herbs for the healing and benefit of Mother Earth and all her sentient beings. Ceremonies like this have been held for tens of thousands of years by Native American people across the globe to facilitate the care and well being of our planet. Earth, our home in the cosmos, holds all of us in her care and love. Without Mother Earth, nothing would exist. All my relations.
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