Northern California

Taking the Middle McCloud Falls head on and offering up a nice full view. Located in the small town of McCloud at the base of Mt Shasta, the McCloud River is dotted with camp grounds for visitors to stay at while enjoying the beautiful yet cold river.
A series of three main waterfalls, this being the second, are the primary attraction in the area. Continue reading
One of the towers along the main wall at Castello di Amorosa Winery. Located on the northern end of the valley this place is just stunning to see! Continue reading

The iconic Napa Valley sign on the north end of the valley.

Folie a Deux winery just outside of Napa, California offers a great indoor or outdoor tasting experience for visitors. It is one of the first stops when making your way from the city of Napa up into the heart of the wine country.

Barrels line the walls in the lower chambers of the V. Sattui Winery just outside of St. Helena California. Ended up here one day while touring around the Napa valley with a Japanese exchange student. There was a party scheduled and the place was just packed!

All along the McCloud River are small tubs and pools that were once used for bathing by the natives. This particular tub is just above the upper falls where the river is quite narrow.

Here again we have the lower McCloud falls just outside of the Fowlers campground. This one was taken right at the edge of the rocks overlooking the pool below with a nice view up river into the forest.

Catching a glimpse of a sun ray coming through the trees just after lunch time at the Middle McCloud Falls. Took this one during a very rare break in the usual crowd that likes to hang out on the rocks.

The McCloud River is ripe with evidence of old lava flows and much of the riverbank is made up of hardened ancient lava rock. The signature swis cheese looking black rocks heat up quite nicely under the afternoon sun so shoes are recommended.

A few miles above the upper falls is the Cattle Camp Swimming Hole. This is a nice big and deep pool where the water isn’t moving too fast. Perfect for the whole family! There is even a really unstable looking rope swing to use if you dare.



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