I don't think you have to visit faraway places to find beauty or experience the joy of traveling. I’ve discovered so many magical places that are close to my home in Siskiyou County, California. For example, a few months ago we attended a fundraiser for the Yreka Women in Business Network. We bid on a few silent auction items and came home with a basket full of gardening tools and an overnight stay at the McCloud Mercantile Inn in McCloud, California.
Last weekend, we stayed at the Inn and it was an amazing experience. When I walked into the room, I was blown away by the light that steamed in from two big dormers. The dormers offered a view of Mt. Shasta and old railway cars. Original wood lined the walls and the bathroom was tiled in smooth black river pebbles. It was pure awesome!
We timed our visit to McCloud so that we could attend a bluegrass festival in Hoo Hook Park. From the Inn, it was a fast walk to the park. We spent Saturday afternoon lounging in the grass, drinking beer, eating food, and listening to live tunes by Paige Anderson & The Fearless Kin.
Other highlights of our weekend getaway included:
- Discovering a giant book sculpture in Hoo Hoo Park. The sculpture is a 10-foot by 13-foot open book that features the work of Joaquin Miller; a northern California literary figure.
- Visiting the Brown Dog Gallery was lovely! It’s filled with paintings, yard sculptures, photography, beautiful postcards, and more.
- On Sunday morning, Logan and I had breakfast at the White Mountain Cafe. It has a fun 1930s vibe. I loved the giant windows and their veggie scramble.
- We closed off the trip with a hike along the McCloud River. We also spent time at the lower and middle McCould Falls. It’s a peaceful place. Although, watch out for the local chipmunks. They are tenacious critters who have a keen interest in human food.
Parting words …
As a teenager, my mom and I stayed in McCloud frequently because we spent many winter weekends skiing down the slopes at Mt. Shasta. It was a treat to visit McCloud as an adult and I’m excited to attend Bike-toberfest in October.