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Enjoy camping in a Lil’ Pea Vintage Trailer

Jen and Steve Luck spent their honeymoon camping in a vintage 1955 Shasta trailer. It was such a wonderful experience that they started to buy other vintage trailers to restore. At first they thought that they would resell them but they decided it would be better to make them available to campers coming to the Intermountain Area for a “vintage trailer camping experience.”

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“The thing that is wonderful about a vintage trailer is that they are so simple.” says Jen.

You have a bed and cooking area. If you are in a dry campground, you can cook with propane gas and you have a battery for lighting and supply of water. If you are in a campground with hook-ups you can hook up to water and electricity. Campgrounds generally have fire pits, bathroom facilities, and other amenities.

Lil’ Pea Vintage Trailers will deliver the trailer to your selected campground, set it up, and pick it up when you’re stay is complete.

2018 will be the first year of operation. The 2018 Season will run from April 13 – September 30 with Peak times from May 28 – September 3. To begin with, two trailers are available.

1957 Fireball-Lady Belle

1958 FIREBALL “LADY BELLE” provides sleeping accommodations for 2-3 adults or 2 adults and 2 small children and is fully outfitted with linens. There is a full size bed and a comfy couch at the front of the unit for relaxing or extra sleeping space, and a small kitchen including a sink, stove top, an ice box, and cabinets for food storage. Cookware and place-settings are provided. An armoire is available to hold your belongings and additional storage is available under the couch. Rental for “Lady Belle” begins at $100 for a night.

Kitchen-Lady Belle

1960 TRAVELEZE “LYNETTE” offers more space and has sleeping accommodations for 3 adults or 2 adults and 2 small children. All linens are provided for the double bed and the dinette that converts into a XL twin bed. Bath linens complete this full bathroom with sink, toilet, and shower. The kitchen includes a dinette, double sink, stove top, oven, refrigerator, and cabinets for food storage. Cookware and place-settings are provided. An armoire and dresser are available to hold your belongings. This unit also has a furnace to make it cozy on those chilly nights. This unit will be offered primarily as an air bnb. Rental for “Lynette” begins at $150 for a night.

1960 Traveleze

1960 Traveleze

More trailers will become available as they are renovated.

Lil’ Pea Vintage Trailer Rentals has partnered with the following RV Parks to make your booking as seamless as possible.

  • BURNEY FALLS TRAILER RESORT
  • HAT CREEK HEREFORD RANCH RV PARK & CAMPGROUND
  • LASSEN RV RESORT
  • MCARTHUR BURNEY FALLS STATE PARK
  • MCCLOUD RV RESORT
  • RANCHERIA RV PARK

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Choose a campsite and a trailer and Lil Pea will help make all the arrangements for you to have a wonderful stay. Amenities vary at different campsites and parks.

To kick off this year’s season, Lil Pea is having a special contest to win a two-night rental at one of their RV site options in the Intermountain Area by purchasing a Lil’ Pea Vintage Trailers t-shirt.

For more information contact Jen Luck at lilpeavintagetrailers@gmail.com or call 530-339-1985

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1934 Ford Fordor wins best of show at Rex Club Day

Hundreds of people came to the Mountain Cruisers Car Show at Rex Club Days on Saturday May 28. The event was co-sponsored by the Rex Club and Mt. Burney Coffee Co.

Lots of people at the Mountain Cruisers Car Show

Lots of people at the Mountain Cruisers Car Show

There were plenty of really cool classic cars. Ron Conley, president of Mountain Cruisers, said that they had 75 entrees.

Best of Show

Best of Show

Sandy McCullar said that a dozen car clubs from Northern California and Southern Oregon were represented. People came from as far away as Santa Rosa, Napa, and Cool, California.

The show began at 10 a.m. The first seventy-five entrees received goodie bags, a t-shirt and dash plaques. First and second place were awarded in 17 show classes. There were also awards for Club Participation and Best of Show. The award for Best of Show went to Dreu, Ed, and Mary Ann Murin from Susanville for their 1934 Ford Fordor Sedan.

Mr. and Mrs. Murin with their Best of Show 1934 Ford Fordor Sedan

Mr. and Mrs. Murin with their Best of Show 1934 Ford Fordor Sedan

One really amazing piece of history on wheels was this 1901 Oldsmobile that still runs.

1901 Oldsmobile still runs

1901 Oldsmobile still runs

All of the cars were stellar. Here are just a few examples:

1961 Nash owned by Milt and Terrie Berry from Susanville

1961 Nash owned by Milt and Terrie Berry from Susanville

 

1926 Ford Roadster owned by Beckie and Bob Neihart from Shasta Lake

1926 Ford Roadster owned by Beckie and Bob Neihart from Shasta Lake

1935 Ford Pickup owned by Dave Rasmussen from Napa

1935 Ford Pickup owned by Dave Rasmussen from Napa

To add to the occasion, Bobo the Clown was there throughout the day giving out whistles. Nancy Bobo is running for honorary Mayor of Burney to raise funds for a new performing arts center.

Every town needs a clown!

Every town needs a clown!

The weather was perfect and it was a really great show. Thanks to all who worked so hard to make it a success!

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NorCal Road Gypsies Car Show Shines

The NorCal Road Gypsies hosted their Summer Show and Shine Car Show at Clearwater Lodge on Sunday July 19th. Clearwater Lodge is located at Pit 1 just off Hwy 299 between Burney and Fall River Mills.

NorCal Road Gypsies Car Show

NorCal Road Gypsies Car Show

The show began at 9:30 a.m. There were 78 entries from Northern California and Southern Oregon, with cars coming from as far as Medford, Alturas, and the Redding area.

1928 Plymouth Sedan

1928 Plymouth Sedan

At 2:00 p.m., one of the organizers, Bob Eastman from Burney, gave out awards for cars in different categories by decade. There were also  awards for the five best cars voted on by members of the NorCal Road Gypsies and one award for the “coolest car.”

Bob Eastburn from Burney giving awards

Bob Eastburn from Burney giving an award to Ellie Haydock

1940 Dodge Coupe was a winner

. 1940 Dodge Coupe was a winner

Phil Mitsueda won the 50-50

Phil Mitsueda won the 50-50

Before the awards were announced there was a 50/50 raffle. The prize of over $700 was won by Phil Mitsueda, the owner of Phil’s Propellors and Fishing Tackle in Redding. Mitsueda donated most of the money back to the event.

Proceeds from the car show go to Intermountain Hospice of Mayers Memorial Hospital District that serves patients who reside in Round Mountain, Montgomery Creek, Burney, Hat Creek, Cassel, Old Station, Fall River Mills, McArthur, Nubieber, Beiber, Adin, Lookout, Canby, and Big Bend.

Car Show proceeds benefit Intermountain Hospice

Car Show proceeds benefit Intermountain Hospice

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PCT Hikers take a break at Crystal Lake hatchery

 Article by Alex Colvin and photos by LACE Photography

After enjoying the music and food at the 36th Annual Deep Pit Barbecue at the Hat Creek Hereford Ranch Campground on Saturday July 18, my wife Linda and I were uncertain what to do next. I had been thinking of checking out some local fishing spots to get pictures for a story on fishing. However, we were both a little tired so we decided to head back to Burney.

Heading south on highway 89, a small caravan of Model A Fords was slowing traffic. Linda loves vintage cars so we decided to let the fast vehicles move on and just join the parade of old cars. The Model A’s turned right on Cassel Road and we followed.

Following the Model A's

Following the Model A’s

We drove over the Rising River, past Clint Eastwood’s ranch and into Cassel. As we drove through Cassel, I saw a line of fishermen on the bank of Hat Creek across the road from the PGE campground. I was tempted to stop but instead continued on with the vintage parade. We had seen these cars at the barbecue but we didn’t know where they were from or where they were going and we were curious.

Amercian White Pelicans on Baum Lake

Amercian White Pelicans on Baum Lake

When they passed Baum Lake Road, however, we decided to turn right and go over to Crystal and Baum Lakes. As we drove into the parking area at Baum Lake, Linda let out a little exclamation of joy. The lake was filled with American white pelicans that we loved to photograph.

Fisherman on Baum Lake by PCT Trail

Fisherman on Baum Lake by PCT Trail

There were a number of families picnicking by the lake. One man was paddling in a small rubber raft through the reeds and grasses that had grown up in the recent hot weather. Over by the white water where the water from Crystal Lake flows into Baum Lake two more young fellows were fishing.

Baum Lake is named after Frank Baum, a world-famous hydroelectric engineer who designed the hydroelectric power sites on the Pit River from Pit 1 to Pit 8. While investigating potential power sources in Shasta County in the early 1900’s, he bought the Crystal Lake Ranch where he later built the Hat 1 and Hat 2 power stations.

Baum Lake in a hot July

Baum Lake in a hot July

He also built a home where the water flows between Crystal Lake and Baum Lake. Baum lived there with his wife until his death in 1932. The house burned down in 1936 and was never replaced. In 1939, his widow, Mary, sold the property to PG&E. PG&E later leased some of the land across the road from the lakes to the state of California where they began the Crystal Lake Fish Hatchery in 1947.

The Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) runs right over the bridge between the two lakes where Baum’s home was and then continues up alongside Baum Lake towards Hwy 299.

After Linda and I took some pictures, we decided to head home. At the entrance to the park, a young man and woman with back packs were standing by the road.

PCT hikers Sara bishop and Adam Kirby

PCT hikers Sara bishop and Adam Kirby

“Hi!” I said, “Are you hiking the trail.

“Yes,” the bearded young man answered.

“Would you like a ride into Burney?”

“No thanks. We saw a sign posted on the trail that said there was free beer and food at the fish hatchery. Have you seen a third hiker. We were hiking with a friend and we’re not sure where he went.”

We told them that we hadn’t and pointed out the fish hatchery and headed on toward Burney. After driving only a few hundred yards though, I said to Linda, “Wow! I should go back. I’ve been wanting to write about the PCT for awhile. We should go talk with them.”

The Model A Ford Club of Quincy

The Model A Ford Club of Quincy

So we turned around and drove into the parking lot of the fish hatchery. The funny thing was, when we drove in, we saw the very cars we had been following parked by the table where the hikers were sitting.

So, while I introduced myself to the hikers, Linda went to meet the motorists. They were members of the Model A Club of Quincy on a tour of Northern California.

I introduced myself to the hikers. There were three now because they had found their friend, Kelly Cohoe, from Portland Oregon. The two other hikers we had met earlier were Sara Bishop from New York and Adam Kirby from Seattle, Washington.

Adam was hiking the whole 2,660 miles of the PCT northbound. He had started April 21th. Sara was also hiking the whole trail. She had begun hiking north on April 26th. They had been hiking together since they had met at about mile 600. Adam said that he was hoping to reach the end of the trail before the end of September.

PCT hiker Kelly Cohoe

PCT hiker Kelly Cohoe

Kelly, whom they called “Flying Eagle,” was a section hiker. This year he was hiking 1065 miles. Once he finished, he would have hiked the entire trail. Kelly had met Sara and Adam the night before when they had camped at the Hat Creek Hereford Ranch Campground, the very place where Linda and I and the Model A Club had just been at the barbecue.

But while we had been enjoying a hefty barbecue and music and touring, the hikers had been hiking almost 30 miles on a stretch with no water. So they were very happy to have this break, refill their bottles and rehydrate.

Happy PCT hikers rehydrating

Happy PCT hikers rehydrating

We talked for awhile about their journey. I learned that a zero is a day that a person logs no miles on the trail. A nero is a day that one only hikes half or less of their normal days hike. These hikers normally hiked 22 to 30 miles a day.

I told them that Burney was a PCT friendly town. There are several access points to the trail including Baum Lake, a station near Hwy 89,  the crossing at 299, Burney Falls State Park, and Rock Creek Falls. Many of the Burney Residents enjoy giving hikers rides to and from Burney where there is a Safeway store and a health food store where they can stock up on food and drink. Burney also has other local businesses who like to serve the hikers and residents who are willing to supply a place to stay or camp if they want to take a break. It’s also a great rendezvous point for people who want to meet friends or loved ones who are hiking the trail. Burney is just over half way from Mexico to Canada.

After chatting for awhile, Linda and I wished them well, jumped in our Jeep and headed to Johnson Park for ice cream.

“Wow!” I thought, “You never know what great experiences you will have if you just get in your vehicle and drive around Pit River Country!”

Alex Colvin is co-owner of The Lace Gallery in Burney, California. He previously wrote for non-profit corporations in the Washington-Baltimore Metropolitan Area. Since returning to Burney, where he has deep family roots, Alex and his wife Linda have dedicated themselves to exploring and photographing the natural beauty of Northern California.

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Hat Creek Barbecue sports food and fun

Article and photos by Alex Colvin

Hundreds of people came to the 36th Annual Deep Pit Barbecue at the Hat Creek Hereford Ranch Campground on Saturday July 18 to support the Hat Creek volunteer fire department. The ranch is located on Doty Road just off Hwy 89.

36th Annual Deep Pit Barbecue

36th Annual Deep Pit Barbecue

As well as a wonderful beef barbecue, the event featured live music, a craft fair, and a raffle. Raffle prizes included a half-day fly-fishing trip, a hand-crafted picnic table, a kayak, fishing gear, and a hand-made quilt.

Mountain Messengers

The Mountain Messengers

Two bands alternated playing sets of music. One of the bands was the Mountain Messengers, a talented group who played bluegrass and country gospel.

Honey Storlie and Kay Nichols

Honey Storlie and Kay Nichols

Playing with the Mountain Messengers were the popular Gerry Goldman, a banjoist from Round Mountain, and singer Honey Storlie from Redding. Kay Nichols from Buzzard Roost Road backed them up playing stand-up acoustic bass.

The US Forest Service also had a booth handing out goodie bags for children and adults. Last year, Hat Creek was the site of a serious forest fire that burned a restaurant and several buildings and threatened to burn Burney. The Forest Service was providing information on how to prevent and minimize the danger of wildfires.

US Forest Service handing out goodies

US Forest Service handing out goodies

Smokey the bear was also there to roam the crowd, greeting children and spreading the wisdom of fire prevention.

Tyler from the Forest Sevice with Smokey the Bear

Tyler from the Forest Sevice with Smokey the Bear

Photographer Susan Hanson displays her Smokey Bandana

Photographer Susan Hanson displays her Smokey bandana

The craft show included a variety of booths displaying local photography, handcrafted items, and jewely.

The campground sits by a lovely lake where families could relax, swim, or fish. Visitors could buy a one-day fishing permit and rent equipment at the local store. There was also a tetherball court and a volleyball court where folks could enjoy friendly matches.

Families enjoy a dip

Families enjoy a dip

Quincy Model A Club stops by for the barbecue

Quincy Model A Club stops by for barbeque beef

An additional special treat was added when the Model A Club of Quincy stopped in. They were on a tour and stopped in to taste the barbecue providing everyone with an awesome display of vintage vehicles.

All in all, the day was a wonderful happening of natural beauty, delicious food, country culture, and family fun!

Butterflies at the barbecue

The butterflies came too

Alex Colvin is co-owner of The Lace Gallery in Burney, California. He previously wrote for non-profit corporations in the Washington-Baltimore Metropolitan Area. Since returning to Burney, where he has deep family roots, Alex and his wife Linda have dedicated themselves to exploring and photographing the natural beauty of Northern California.

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Mountain Jubilee was lots of fun

Article and photo by Alex Colvin 6/30/15 – Copy

Nathan Dougherty of Burney 4H explains about chickens

Nathan Dougherty of Burney 4H explains about chickens

Residents, businesses, and organizations of the Fall River Valley and surrounding areas joined together to create a wonderful Mountain Jubilee. The three-day display of Inter-Mountain culture and activities was organized by the Inter-Mountain Fair Heritage Foundation and took place at the fairgrounds in McArthur from Friday June 25th to Sunday June 27th.

Susan Hanson of Fall River displays her photos of the Intermountain Area

Susan Hanson of Fall River displays her photos of the Intermountain Area

Overall, the Jubilee offered everyone an opportunity to experience a broad range of intermountain life including trail rides, barrel racing, team roping, a small animal show and a horseshoe tournament. There was also a country craft show, an antique show, and a big ball tournament. Friday and Saturday both ended with a delicious barbecue in the evening and live music till midnight

Who will plop first

Who will plop first

A sense of country fun and humor enlivened many of the activities. Horses Assists Lives Organization had apony plop bingo. People could win a prize by guessing where one of two ponies would first drop its manure in a fenced area.

A highlight of Saturday afternoon was the mud races.

Getting down and dirty at the mud races

Getting down and dirty at the mud races

Contestants of all ages wore attire ranging from tutus to Hawaiian skirts. One man was dressed in a banana costume.  Racers slid into a pool of mud, climbed through muddy tractor tires and culvert pipes, and shimmied through muck under bannered ropes. They then ran a course through the entire fairgrounds before crossing the finish line back in the arena.

After the mud races the fun continued with a blow fish race and adults racing on tricycles. In the blow fish races, contestants competed by blowing bubbles to guide small fish down a narrow channel of water over the finish line.

This was the third annual Mountain Jubilee organized by the Inter-Mountain Heritage Foundation. The proceeds from the jubilee go towards maintaining and improving the fairgrounds and supporting the Inter-Mountain Fair that will be held from September 3rd to September 7th.

Alex Colvin is co-owner of The Lace Gallery in Burney, California. He previously wrote for non-profit corporations in the Washington-Baltimore Metropolitan Area. Since returning to Burney, where he has deep family roots, Alex and his wife Linda have dedicated themselves to exploring and photographing the natural beauty of Northern California.

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1928 Ford wins at Burney car show

Article and photo by Alex Colvin 5/24/15 — Best of Show Trophy for the Rex Club Days car show hosted by Mountain Cruisers car club of Burney on Saturday, May 23 was awarded to John Abacherli from Round Mountain for his 1928 Ford truck. Abacherli said the truck was the dream of his friend Tom Bush, who bought the truck from a winery in San Jose in 1983, but died in 2007 before he could finish the work. Abacherli bought the truck from Bush’s wife and finished the project.
Tom and Jana Abacheri stand by thier best of show 1928 Ford
Tom and Jana Abarcherli stand by their best of show 1928 Ford

This was the 23rd annual celebration of the Rex Club Days car show. Car clubs and individuals from across Northern California, including the Intermountain Area, Susanville, Redding, and Sonoma and Napa counties, participated. Many Intermountain businesses served as sponsors, and 70 classic vehicles were entered. The Early Ford Club of America from Napa and Sonoma had 20 cars in the show. Hundreds of local residents and tourists came to view the show.

Ron Conley, President of the Mountain Cruisers car club said that proceeds from the event go into a fund to support local charities including the Fall River Hospital, scholarships, Toys for Tots, the Burney library, and the community swimming pool.

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