Wednesday, June 30, 2021

Pit River Falls Overlook

  The Pit River cuts through a deep valley and a limited view of the falls, an old bridge, and remains of an unmaintained 1920s era road can be viewed from the overlook. The Pit 1 Hydroelectric Powerhouse and a section of the large pipes supplying water for the turbines are also visible from the overlook.
   The overlook is accessible.

   The parking lot is large enough for any RV. Pit River  40.99199, -121.47443

Friday, June 25, 2021

Fort Crook Museum

  The museum grounds includes relocated and reconstructed buildings plus three large exhibit buildings. The main museum houses nicely arranged items donated by the local community. Trucks, tractors, ranching and farming equipment and a working blacksmith shop fill the machinery building. The local James family had so many artifacts to contribute that they built a special building to display everything!
  The site is partly accessible. The first floor of the main museum is accessible; the second and third floors are accessible by stairs only. Some of the remaining buildings have high thresholds and stairs while others have ramps.

  The parking lot is large enough for any RV. Museum  41.00233, -121.44551

Sunday, June 20, 2021

Pit River Campground–BLM

   With so many people discovering RVing, the well known places are becoming overcrowded but it’s not hard to find campgrounds like this one – off the beaten path and small in size but with all of the usual primitive campground amenities such as vault toilets, tables, and fire rings. This one has the added attractions of shady sites and a river for fishing and swimming. We camped over a weekend and the day area was very busy so the campground may become busier as the weather warms.
   None of the sites are designated as accessible but all have accessible tables and high fire rings. The ground is hard-packed for easy rolling.

  Some of the sites are long enough for large RVs.  Campground    40.99172, -121.50788

Wednesday, June 16, 2021

Large Junk Sculptures

    Worn out machinery parts pile up when a business has been around for almost sixty years but these guys have figured out a fun way to reuse them. Richard Hathaway, owner of Packway Materials, gets together with his brother Will every winter during the business’s slow season and builds another large sculpture out of accumulated and donated scrap metal. The twenty sculptures include a dinosaur, giraffe, two tin men, an inch worm, giant bugs, and a snow man.


 The ground is soft and lumpy so pushing a wheelchair is difficult even with assistance. The sculptures can be seen from your vehicle,

  The parking lot is large enough for any RV. Sculptures  40.93838, -121.56924


Monday, June 14, 2021

Lassen National Forest Boondocking

  The forest road that accesses this boondocking spot parallels Route 89 and is very good condition. Flat, open areas with trees for shade provide nice camping spots and the roads are good for hiking. Plots of private logging land break up the continuity of Lassen National Forest so check to make sure you are camping on forest land. Zooming in on this site brings in a lot of the detail on the roads, trails, and forest boundaries. Forest  40.61082, -121.51923

Saturday, June 12, 2021

Lost Creek Road Boondocking

  Lost Creek Road is just one of many forest roads in Lassen National Forest with easily accessed boondocking spots. This road is particularly good because the terrain is fairly flat. Most of the clearings were made during logging operations so the large areas of the ground are covered with wood chips.

  The soil is very fine and dusty making it difficult to navigate with a wheelchair.

  The roads are in good condition.  Forest  40.26439, -121.36088

Wednesday, June 9, 2021

Nickie and Jimmy

photo by Nickie
   Nickie and I have been reading, commenting on, and enjoying each others blogs for years. We knew that eventually we would meet in person but we never seemed to be in the same place at the same time. This year, after Nickie and Jimmy were fully vaccinated, they took off on a cross country trip just as we were heading north from our winter in the desert.. We would be passing close to their home in northern California and I figured we would probably miss them again but we move so slowly that we ran into them as they were headed home – at a gas station! We had stopped to get cheap gas in Nevada before entering California and there they were.

  When Nickie and Jimmy had  time to settle in after their long trip we accepted an invitation to come to their house for lunch. What a nice visit – good food and good conversation! Thank you Nickie and Jimmy! It was so much fun to meet you in person - hope to meet up with you again soon!

  Nickie and Jimmy are always on the go, whether in their RV or with Road Scholar groups and Nickie writes about it all in her very interesting blog. Out and About with Ruthie (aka Nickie) and Jimmy

Friday, June 4, 2021

Feather River Parkway

  Sandy roads, closed to traffic, crisscross the park making it easy to tailor the length of your walk to your ability. It appears that at one time people could drive to the rivers edge but now they must walk about 500’ from the parking lot to get to the beach. Swimming, tubing, and dog walking are popular activities. There are restrooms and a picnic shelter close to the parking lot.
   A very small portion of the roads are paved. The rest are loose, sandy soil and very difficult to push through even with assistance.
   Finding the park is a little confusing but follow the signs and you’ll get there. Large RVs may not be able to make one hairpin turn. The parking lot is large enough for any RV.  Park  39.14657, -121.60872

Wednesday, June 2, 2021

Truckee River Legacy Trail

  There are three access points with parking along this 4.4 mile paved trail.  The Truckee River Regional Park provides assess at the west end, about mile east there’s parking at the Riverview Sports Park, and at the east end there’s a lot along Glenshire Drive. All of the lots are large enough for RV parking.

  We parked at the Riverview Sports Park. Look for the paved trail through the playing fields. After a few turns the trail intersects with the River Trail. The trail has a slight grade going east and a steep grade with switchbacks at the far east end.

  This is a quiet, peaceful trail with river views and steep dirt paths down to the river. Trail  39.32824, -120.15568