Towards The Big Move 

This is my last week in northern California. Difficult to really understand. After a somewhat chaotic Saturday, yesterday was a great day. If you’ve been following this blog for a while, you know that my horse Ghost (originally from a hoarding case with minimal contact with people,) has good days when he’s like a puppy dog, and not so good days when he’s scared of everything. Well, Saturday was a not so good day. Sunday was a GREAT day. Different as night and day. I did explain this to the lady that came to see him yesterday. Everything she said, and did, made me convinced that she is the perfect person for Ghost. She was not timid around him, but still very soft, and present in the moment. She also brought a horse that she trained herself, that came from a similar situation as Ghost. She told me how she trained him, and I saw how the horse acted in different situations, during the time she spent getting to know Ghost. I felt very good about it. So did Ghost. He showed his best side to her. It was relatively easy to ask him to get up in her trailer, next to her horse. I am so pleased with how wonderfully it turned out in the end. That relationship, Ghost and this lady, was definitely meant to be. She sent me a text later telling me that everything was good, the trip, and the first hours in his new home went excellent, and that she LOVED his good mind. How could I not be pleased with that? Finding him the perfect home have been the biggest question on my mind, because of his background, and unique personality. He is in the perfect, for him, home now. 

I still haven’t bought a car, that was another goal for this past weekend, but I’m not stressing out about that. I have the cash, and cash is king. It will work out. I still have a few days.

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Castle Lake, and Castle Lake Trail, with Mt.Shasta in the background. Yesterday the Carr Fire was burning only a few miles from the little town of Castella, where the trailhead to this amazing hike (in the photo above) is located.

Some of you have asked about the fire. These are the latest numbers for the Carr Fire, burning around us.

Size: 201,680 acres 

Containment: 61% 

Expected Full Containment: Unknown 

Fatalities: 3 

STRUCTURAL SUMMARY 

Structures Threatened: 528 

Residential Structures Destroyed: 1,077 

Commercial Structures Destroyed: 22 

Other Destroyed: 500 

Residential Structures Damaged: 191 

Commercial Structures Damaged: 26 

Other Damaged: 65 

Today is also the day when my daughter starts first grade. It’s a big thing. I talked to her for a long time before she went to bed last night. She is very excited. She talked about her teacher, the excitement about making new friends, and showed me her new first day outfit. She also told me that she was not going to be in the same class as her step sister, even thought they are the same age. She did not seem sad about it. They are still going to take the bus together every morning, attend the same school, they share a room, and a bunkbed, they spend all their free time together. From a teacher’s point of view, I am very happy that they are in different classes. I am happy for my daughter that she has a new sister, and I am happy that they get to spend a lot of time together, but from a learning point of view, it is a great thing to separate them during school hours. Maybe some parents think this is shocking, but I know from experience as a teacher, how it holds some children back form reaching their full potential, if they are in the same class as a sibling. Now my daughter have to make her own friends, which she is really good at. She can focus better on the teacher, and actually learning. I know from talking to her on the phone how challenging it is to get her attention, and keep it, when she and her new sister are together. A teacher with maybe 30++ kids in the class would not be able to get her attention. My daughter is well prepared for this day, in every way. She can read and write a little, and is motivated to learn more. Besides English she knows some Spanish, and some Swedish. She excels in math, and knows her numbers up to ten thousand, forwards and backwards. She is interested in geography, and history, having traveled to 48 states herself. I do hope that her teacher sees her potential. She is not shy, but just like me, if she’s focused on something, she’s quiet. A busy person might not understand how much she really knows. I’m looking forward to meeting her teacher, hopefully sooner than later. We have a long line of teachers (and even a principal) in my family, myself included. I know to appreciate a good teacher. It feels weird to not be the one taking my daughter to her first day of school, but I have done everything in my power to prepare her. In the best way I know, and I will be there for her very soon. 

Have a wonderful, amazing day out there!

Love,

Ms Zen

Hedge Creek Falls & Sacramento River Overlook

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In the weekend coffee share last weekend, I shared that we always go for at least one day trip in the weekend. We do some research, usually over the internet, and set our sails towards an amazing destination in northern California. We drive there, and enjoy the nature for a day. Usually by going for a hike, and having a picnic lunch. If it’s a longer hike we might try some local restaurant for dinner. I’d say that we try a couple new spots every month, and return to a couple favorite spots every month. I had two different ideas for our Mother’s Day weekend adventure. One about an hour drive away, with a waterfall, the other a little further away..well my family voted for the closest one. They didn’t feel like a long drive.

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We set our sails towards Dunsmuir (CA,) where my waterfall idea is located. It was an easy uneventful drive through our northern California landscape. I particularly enjoy driving over Shasta Lake, it’s so beautiful looking down at the lake, with the mountains in the background.

Hedge Creek Falls, is a beautiful spot to stop at, if you’re driving the I-5 and happen to pass Dunsmuir, in northern California. The waterfall is very close to the Dunsmuir Ave/Siskiyou Ave exit of the I-5, and there’s plenty of signs to guide you, and a parking lot dedicated to visitors of the falls.

This fall is sometimes called the million dollar fall. When they built the I-5, the original plans would of destroyed this place. The locals raised hell, and eventually the plans were changed, and now everyone can enjoy this amazing place. Thank you citizens of Dunsmuir!

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There’s a cave behind the falls.

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Hedge Creek Falls is located on the southernmost tip of a pre-Pleistocene lava flow from Mount Shasta. Thousands of years of erosion, mostly from the freezing and thawing of water trapped in cracks on the basaltic face, has resulted in the sheared appearance at the face of the falls. The cave behind the falls is a normal occurrence in thick lava flows and not the result of splashing water. – Wikipedia

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There’s a legend (with some evidence of truth,) about a stage coach robber, named Black Bart, using this cave as his hiding place, back in the 1870’s. I told my daughter about the legend before we visited, and naturally she had to explore every inch of the cave. She crawled under the narrow part you can see in the photo above, to the other entrance (the light by the end of the tunnel.) She hit her head twice, pretty hard. Didn’t think of bringing a helmet..to view a waterfall ..lol. Some people have taken the red clay next to the falls, and made hand prints on the wall.

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The trail continues on the other side of the cave, to a beautiful overlook of the Sacramento River.

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I had seen photos of the waterfall, the cave, and the overlook, but those did not match the beauty that we saw with our own eyes. It was breathtaking.

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I need to go back on a clear day, to see Mt.Shasta from this amazing spot. It was a little cloudy when we were there, and we only saw glimpses of our beautiful volcano. (Speaking of volcanoes, I watched the old movie Dante’s Peak last night. Made me feel good about not living super close to either of our two dormant volcanoes..)

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We wandered of the trail a little bit, and had our picnic lunch by the river.

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After lunch we climbed up on a ridge to enjoy the views. My daughter loves climbing. (It does make me slightly nervous sometimes.)

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I hope you enjoyed our weekend adventure, and that your new week started out in a fantastic way! Time for me to go out and see about my four legged friends outside, and get some work done in the garden, before it get’s to hot. There’s lots of mulching on the schedule today. I believe in lots of mulch, and less weeding. Weeding is not my favorite thing. Let’s grab a cup of coffee soon, OK? Have a great day!

Love,

Ms Zen