Healdsburg Memorial Veterans Beach, Sonoma County

Train bridge in Healdsburg over the Russian river.
Train bridge over the Russian river, in Healdsburg, CA.
I have been visiting Healdsburg, California a bit more and exploring some of the neighborhoods.  I was driving by the river, and noticed the old train bridge.  I pulled over and ran down the tracks to take a couple of pictures.   I always drive over the car bridge, which in one of the pictures, you can see it in the distance.  That bridge crosses over at the Healdsburg Veterans Memorial Beach is a public beach for swimming and day camping of sorts, or picnics.   
View of Russian river in Healdsburg.
View of car bridge over Russian river, and Healdsburg Memorial Beach in Northern California.
View of Russian River and Healdsburg Memorial Beach.
Wine Goddess.
Wine Goddess at a local winery.
Wine Goddess of Healdsburg.

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Whiskeytown Lake, Oak Bottom Water Ditch Trail.

Beautiful Whiskeytown Lake in northern California, bright blue and green waters and blue skies with lots of pine trees and douglas fir trees.
Whiskeytown lake is usually always full in the summertime.
Whiskeytown Lake in Shasta county is a great getaway for the day for many Shasta county and Trinity county residents.  A great place to get out for hiking and getting outdoors.  We went for a hike last weekend out at Whiskeytown lake and it was quite warm.  The trail we chose was a beginning level trail, mostly shady and very pleasant overall.
Whiskeytown lake is full up to the shore with water, as well as other lakes in northern California.  Lot’s of rain and snow this year, and late in the season. This is going to be an excellent year to enjoy our rivers, creeks and lakes for sure.  
Beautful tree lined trail in Whiskeytown Lake, Oakbottom Ditch Trail, northern California. Pictue is a trail lined with trees hanging over.
Beautiful trail at Whiskeytown Lake, in Shasta county.
Oak Bottom Water Ditch Trail was originally a  canal system that provided water to the mining operations in Clear creek.  The Water Ditch Trail, meanders, along the lake and also highway 299 west towards Clear creek.  The trail is well shaded, and right on the lake for the most part.  We did not hike the whole trail, it is 2.75 miles one way.
 
Beautiful day on Whiskeytown lake in Shasta county.
Portion of the Oak Bottom Water Ditch Trail.
We found these quaint man made steps from stone and cement.
A dead tree in the sea green colored part of the lake.

 

Lots of wild flowers in the spring at Whiskeytown lake.

 

Here is a link to the Whiskeytown National Recreation Area website.  There you can view information about the different trails and more.

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Farmer’s Markets In Northern California

Here is a listing for the Farmers Market in Shasta County.  Starts April 3rd.

http://www.shastagrowersassociation.com/

For Trinity County, I didn’t find a website, but i found a Facebook page, if you are interested in that Farmers Market.  It is every Wednesday starting at 4pm

https://www.facebook.com/WeavervilleCAFarmersMarket/

Chico has a market on Saturday and Thursday, both located downtown, in addition to other days.

http://chicofarmersmarket.com/

Below is the California Certified Grown Farmer’s Market you do a search to find local market’s in each city.

http://www.cafarmersmarkets.com/

ARC American Red Cross, northen California

Volunteering for Red Cross in Northern California

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Have you thought about volunteering in your county in northern California?  Do you live in Modoc, Siskiyou, Shasta, Tehama, Lassen or Trinity counties?  Have you wanted to help people in your community, especially in times of tragedy and disaster?  Have you wanted to help people throughout the nation during disasters? Do you have internet access? If you have answered yes to any of these questions you might consider volunteering for the Red Cross.

I started volunteers after the 2014 summer fires.  I was motivated by homes, and forest fires burning many acres in my county.  I tried to help at that time.  Many people like me, want to help in that moment of crisis, but  Red Cross has a fairly rigid screening process.  Not everyone or anyone can just walk into an evacuation shelter and help.  I am very grateful for that, for the clients, and for myself.  So even though I couldn’t go and help at that moment, I decided that I would train and become a volunteer for future disasters.

I am so thankful that I did!  It has been a wonderful experience!  There are myths and rumors that you have to be a nurse or medic to volunteer for Red Cross.  I used to think that, and since I’ve started volunteering, several times I have been asked if I was a nurse. That isn’t the case at all!

I volunteer in the Disaster Services and so do most the people in northern California.  One way Red Cross supports your county,is for every house fire, Red Cross helps the victims.  But that is just one aspect, and there are many positions volunteers can choose from.

If you want to help make a difference, helping people during disasters, and or events in disaster preparedness, please go and apply online!

http://www.redcross.org/volunteer/become-a-volunteer#step1

Happy New Year!