TRINITY RIVER ADVENTURE INN CABINS
& DUNSMUIR'S ALPINE FISH & SKI HAUS
FISH~KAYAK~RAFT~SUP~HIKE~GROOVE~EXPLORE

By Heidi Tiura 18 May, 2016
Happy Spring!

MEMORIAL DAY UPDATE: This newsletter has taken a long time and it's an even longer story to explain why, but here are the highlights after an update on Memorial Day Weekend availability. We have a full house at all of our Trinity River locations as well as the Alpine Fish & Ski Haus in Dunsmuir. After Memorial Day Weekend, it opens up and you can enjoy the spring blossoms, occasional rains and temperatures that vary from toasty (we had a few days in the high 80s this past week) to chilly enough to warrant a cozy fire in the woodstoves some nights.  If this sounds like your cup of tea, give us a call at 530.778.3444 to discuss cabin options.

SKIING & SNOWBALLS (not the good kind): Since we had a ski season and have gone without for several years, after the holidays Steph announced it was finally our time to play. We had pretty big work plans at our Trinity River cabins after the Ski Park closed in early spring, so I agreed with him. We moved our menagerie north to our Fish & Ski Haus in Dunsmuir and skied almost all of the days we were there. It was a pure kick in the pants and then it time to tackle our spring projects. Everything was more or less set and then we experienced the well-known snowball effect, as you will see.

THE BIG SPRING PROJECTS COLLIDE WITH THE BIG RELEASE FROM THE DAM (and how it grew):   We still really want to sell the Thistle Lane cabins and semi-retire, running just 3 vacation rentals: Sow's Ear by us, the Birdhouse on Steel Bridge Road and the Haus in Dunsmuir. However, Alpen Glow's old deck was proving too much for prospective buyers to contemplate replacing. We did get an offer and went it into escrow, but the buyer backed out for this very reason, so we decided to do the job ourselves  (I use this term loosely), as well as removing a smaller deck upstairs that nobody used and replacing it with a window. But just as Steph had set up a carpenter he likes to work with, we got the news we'd have a very large river release, right about at the start of the deck job. Every spring, there is a release of water from Trinity dam to flush the river of accumulated debris (which it definitely accomplishes) and to improve fish habitat, along with various projects carried out with this goal in mind (ask any 10 people whether this is successful or not and you'll get 10 different answers). A major concern centers around how much water should be released and this year, following a severe, multi-year drought, the opinions have more heat than usual.

This has been deemed a wet year and so more water will be released than on a regular or dry year, even if it leaves places at the northern end of Trinity Lake high and dry. But the quantity of the release is decided by the feds and they said let her rip, so she is. But the forecasted maximum was quite big and in previous years, they've even released more than was planned, which does little to ease one's concerns. The picture above was our view just a few days ago. It shows the Trinity River at over 10,000 CFS (cubic feet per second from the dam; I think it got up to 10,400). Can you imagine the force of that water spewing out at the dam? It could cut you in half.

We had two of these high pulses  and in between it's still been high enough to jump our bank and climb some of our stairs. The faster and higher river loosens logs that were wedged in somewhere upriver over the past three years, if not more. It's not uncommon to look out the window and see an entire large tree go zipping by. 

Many things just downriver of us and above our bridge out of Bucktail (several hundred yards from our place) have changed since we had a 10K CFS or higher release. An overflow area that was built to channel water away from the bridge and back into the river below the bridge was sabotaged by a detour pipe that was way too small for the job, so instead of easing the pressure above the bridge, it made it worse. The river came to within 6" of the surface of our patio and we had a moat worthy of a Scottish castle around our pump house. Inside the moat were two sump pumps. Those pumps ran 24 hours a day for many days, and every few hours around the clock, Steph or I would fire up the fire pump and drain the interior.

Following that year, the engineers redesigned the bypass and after that project was done, we didn't have another wet year or big release. This meant we couldn't count on how high the same amount of water would come. Even though we thought it wouldn't impact our pump house, we couldn't be sure, so it was sandbagging time instead of construction time on Alpen Glow's projects, which have to be finished before Memorial Day weekend. Steph filled a bunch of sandbags and arranged them around our pump house. That is heavy and tiring work; again, I was of no help. Then he set up sump pumps and staged our fire pump nearby, but we hoped the pumps wouldn't be needed.
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    Cruise this slider for highlights of our cabins and adventures we provide, then go to their links at top of page for details

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    Our guided kayak trips begin with a lesson and are a great way to enjoy the river!

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    The Carriage House has a wood stove and great river porch

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    Alpen Glow at night is even more magical

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    Alpen Glow is large, grand and right on the river, but this shot doesn't show the new deck which has stairs down the front and stainless steel wire horizontals!

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    Sow's Ear has a deep front porch with a bit of river view and lots of river sounds

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    Birds at the feeders at the Birdhouse are fun to watch from the porch or the living room

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  • Our guided raft trips

    Our guided raft trips are an excellent way to enjoy the river and wet dogs offer a quick cooldown!

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    Alpen Glow's living area features a leather sectional with a queen sleeper & 2 recliners

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    The river view from Alpen Glow and the Carriage House is peaceful and beautiful. This is one of several lovely wedding sites

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    Sow's Ear is by our cabin and has use of our hot tub and patio, both right on the river

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    We'll teach you to SUP. It's fun, easy and Lewiston Lake is perfect for it.

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    The rustic Carriage House has beautiful leather and tapestry upholstery and a toasty warm wood stove

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    The view from the Carriage House's river porch which has a 2nd dining set & a summer mist system

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    The Miner's Cabin is mere feet from the river & very private. Wait until you see the river rock landing with the fire pit!

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    The Birdhouse living room is full of light and plants. It's a perfect place to relax, unwind and let the world go by

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    The Miner's is compact and unique with limited but adequate cooking facilities including a Keurig coffeemaker

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    Our Dunsmuir place is perfect for a Mt. Shasta getaway, as well as overnighters passing through on I-5

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    The Dunsmuir Haus has a private and pleasant patio off the kitchen. Lots more pix on each cabin's page

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Our unique Trinity River cabins are spread out over 3 different locations about 15 minutes from Weaverville. Their  links are above in the header bar. They range from a real miner's cabin that has been lovingly restored and enhanced and is just a few feet from the river all the way up to Alpen Glow, our stunning A frame that looks out on sweeping lawns, the river, mountains and sky. Alpen Glow has gotten some impressive improvements which you can read about in our newsletter (the link is above).

Memorial Day Weekend  Availability: We have a full house for the weekend, and then the calendars open up.
 5/19/16: "Beyond my expectations! Hiking trails at Lewiston Lake were amazing. Bring binocs and find some eagles. My dog Ruger loved it. Free reign to explore." Lyle Mosher

"Everything was wonderful. So cozy & started to feel like home. Enjoyed gorgeous views and sounds, sketched, went on spontaneous hikes. Doggie heaven. Hope to be back soon!"  Guests at the Miner's Cabin Victoria & Ivan/San Francisco, CA  

Join us for a relaxed stay in a charming cabin on the Trinity where you can fish, read and observe nature.

Or come to our Alpine Fish & Ski Haus by Mt. Shasta. The area is known for its exquisite spiritual retreats and mineral spas. Of a simpler outlook? Fantastic hiking and climbing everywhere.
Alpine Fish & Ski Haus in Dunsmuir is an ideal rendezvous point from the north and south. It has 3+ bedrooms, 2 baths, full laundry, a private patio with fire pit and much more. Just 20 minutes from the mountain. See our Dunsmuir page for details.
You're going to love our lodging and what their locations have to offer!

WE OFFER DISCOUNTS ON 3 OR MORE NIGHT STAYS. CALL FOR SPECIALS CLOSE TO ARRIVAL DATE, AS WELL AS GREAT WEEKLY RATES FOR EXTENDED STAYS. 
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We had guests at Sow's Ear next to us with whom we really hit it off.  They admitted to wondering if our stories could possibly be true, because if they are, there is so much crammed into our lives. From Steph's having  paddled a sea kayak from Canada to Mexico and Heidi running a towboat on the infamous Columbia River Bar in Oregon; to whales;  motorcycles; ferocious conservation efforts and so much more,  it has been one wild ride and still is. All true. Check it out.
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