Nevada was first investigated by Jedediah Smith.  He’s big over in Northern California.  We’ve got the Smith River named after him and a State park as well.  Interesting guy. Tough.  Had his scalp ripped half off by a bear, I believe, and then had someone hold the thing in place while he stitched it back … Continue reading

Day 1, Reno

The drive from Eureka to Reno is one of my favorite stretches of road, especially around Lassen National Park, the Southern Most tip of the Cascade Range. Interstate 44. Near Shingletown, CA. Don’t you love the name of that town? Today’s trip was lovely and long, mainly because we got a late start waiting for … Continue reading Day 1, Reno

Road Trip! Plan B

And tomorrow we begin. As of about three weeks ago, our plan was to drive back to Minnesota where we would hook up with an outfitter who would hand us a canoe, stick us on a pontoon plane, and plop us in the middle of Quetico Provential Park for 10 days of paddling. Unfortunately, Mother … Continue reading Road Trip! Plan B