I had time off work for Halloween this year and since my Parents were heading up to Greenville we decided to make it a big family get together. I had an enjoyable drive up the Feather river canyon and of course made a few stops on the way to admire the scenery and take a few pictures. The season has been somewhat strange this year with sudden dips of cold followed by warm spells, so the fall colors weren’t as bright as in past years.
I made it to Greenville around midday and we had a pleasant afternoon catching up on family news. That evening we took my nephews to a Halloween carnival at the local school, Dad even dressed up as the mad hatter. He was surprised to see there were several people with hatter costumes as well!
Mad as a hatter?
The next day we headed out to Indian falls to join the folks at the Dawn center for some apple picking and cider pressing. It was a fun event with music, a wonderful potluck. kids and dogs running through the orchard and a whole lot of apples getting squished. We headed back to Greenville as the sun started to go down tired but happy.
When Wednesday rolled around we were finally looking at the big day- Halloween, for this we traveled to were my brother works in Quincy, here there was trick or treating organized along main street, It was like the whole town was involved with all sorts of great costumes and decorations. Even the high school band was performing.
James,Michael and Mathew ready for trick or treating
Jack o lanterns
We also did some sightseeing, and while fall was late this year there was some fall color to be seen.
Near Indian Falls
I drove home through Reno which gave me a chance to stop at Scheels- a sporting goods store so big they have a Ferris wheel inside!
Another great trip in my Baja Bug
For the 3 day weekend this month I headed up to see James, Emily and Michael.
Last year I was greeted by a thick layer snow, this year it was no where to be found. There was a beautiful sunrise on the way up.
I stopped to take a few pics and admire the ducks getting started on their day. Once I got up the canyon, there may not have been snow but it was certainly cold enough. there was lots of frost and ice covering the landscape.
The sun had come out and thawed most of Dog Rock by the time I reached it though
We decided to head up to the reservoir the next day to take some family pictures since Emily is pregnant and to check out the ice.
by the reservoir
What we didn’t count on was the freezing wind so we didn’t spend very long alongside the reservoir. The waves from the wind had broken up the ice on the lake and made for an amazing sight as ice piled up along the shore. The tinkling as the ice moved sounded like hundreds of chandeliers
Ice piling up on shore
We had a little excitement on the return trip as we decided to take the long way on a forest service road- my land rover had other ideas and started to overheat! After a short break while we let it cool we were back on our way and returned to Greenville without incidence. We even continued on to Chester for dinner.
When I headed back to Sacramento I decided to take the long way and enjoy some different scenery so I headed off to lake Almanor and then over to Susanville through Reno and then on to home. A very enjoyable weekend.
- Lake Almanor
Sunset at Donner pass