Red Bluff Round-Up Parade 2018, part 3

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The last photos from the round-up parade. You can see part 1 here, and part 2 here.

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If you see yourself, or someone you know, in any of these photos, feel free to share this post. Share buttons after the post. If you’re in one of the photos, and would like a free digital copy, let me know in a comment, and I’ll send one to you.

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A few years ago, (maybe 4, or 5 years ago,) I attended a horsemanship clinic at Cottonwood Creek Equestrian Center, in Cottonwood (close to Red Bluff.) By chance I happened to be seated next to this lady. We were both attending the clinic as audience, and while the trainer worked with the participants, we had plenty of time to talk. I quickly discovered that this lady new more about horses than anyone I ever met (I’ve bee around horses all my life.) She invited me to her ranch, and I did visit her there a few weeks later. I watched her work with some students that she had. I was very impressed by her horsemanship skills. I took some pictures of her and her friends at a breast cancer awareness event that same year. I haven’t seen her since then, and I was so happy when I saw her at the parade last weekend.

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A colorful part of the parade 🙂



Isn’t she absolutely beautiful, Miss Redding Rodeo?

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Our local search and rescue team was represented by these two handlers, and their dogs.

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Growing up I wanted to be a part of the mounted patrol. That is one of the few things that I really wanted, that I never even gave a try. Don’t ask me why. I’d say that I’ve done pretty much everything else that I dreamed of as a little girl.

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Impressive horses those Clydesdales, don’t you think?

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I hope you enjoyed the parade 🙂 The photos from the actual rodeo are still on my camera. I’ll start going through those tomorrow. It was a weekend full of fun, and good times. It always is at Red Bluff Round-Up.


Ms Zen

Subway Cave – A Winter Adventure

Twenty thousand years ago and just 15 miles north of Lassen Volcanic National Park, the ground broke apart and huge volumes of volcanic rock poured forth to create the enormous expanse that is the Hat Creek Lava Flow.

Exposed to the air, the top of the lava flow began to cool and solidify, while molten rock below continued to flow – insulated by the now solid roof and creating lava tubes which carried the red-hot rock miles from its source.

Subway Cave is a section of lava tube less than a third of a mile long, located between two areas of ceiling cave-ins. Substantial concrete steps have been constructed at both ends of the cave, providing easy access for all would-be spelunkers.

– All Trails (Hiking App)


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My daughter going into the darkness of the cave for the first time, a little scary, and very exciting.

We had a big adventure visiting the Subway Cave last Saturday. I had seen it during summer, along with tons of other people. It’s a popular place during the summer months. (It’s easy accessible, and near a campground.) It’s definitely more of an adventure during winter. We didn’t see any other people, and no other vehicles at the parking lot. It’s pitch dark down there, so flash lights is a most if you want to go yourself.

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The entrance of the cave, seen from the outside.


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The entrance of the cave, seen from the inside.


Map of Subway Cave.


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Since we didn’t see any vehicles at the side of the road, or at the parking lot, it was safe to assume that we weren’t going to run into anyone. My dog enjoyed the adventure tremendously!


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Icicles hanging from the roof of the cave.


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Climbing rocks at one of the dead ends, near the exit.


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Walking through Subway Cave towards the exit.


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Dead end near the exit.


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Light at the end of the tunnel – Stairs leading up towards the exit. You can turn around and go back the same way you came, if you want, but the views outside are gorgeous. There’s a nice trail making a loop around the cave, that will take you back to the parking lot.  
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Exit staircase seen from a dead end tunnel.

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It was a beautiful winter day when we visited.

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I hope you enjoyed the visit to Subway Cave as much as we did!



Ms Zen


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As this weekend comes to an end I feel an overwhelming wave of gratitude coming over me. It’s been a fantastic weekend. I have no words. So instead I’m sharing this photo from earlier today. I hope your weekend was magical, relaxing, fun, energizing, and everything else you wanted it to be.


Ms Zen