By Heidi Tiura 21 Jul, 2016
This is the briefest of newsletters because July is our busiest month and I am lucky if I get to half of my outside and office chores before hitting the river or lake with guests.  Here are some important highlights:

  • Bucktail access to put in or take out river craft is now limited to weekends only into September. Trinity River Restoration Project is increasing wetlands above us and will be changing the entrance road to the river. In the meantime, they're adding an alcove just above the Bucktail bridge so we can launch rafts on weekdays. The river's flow may preclude retrievals there, but the main run we do is from our place to Steel Bridge Road, so this works for us. 
  • La Grange Cafe in Weaverville is open again! New owners took over earlier this year and we just had a delightful dinner there. Our server was Casey, who was professional, efficient and friendly. Perfect combination. Call them at 530.623.5325 for reservations, or go to their Facebook page. Ignore the sites that say La Grange is closed.
  • Our cabins are pretty solidly booked, but there are some openings. Your best shot is to call us for availability, or wait until the middle of August. The Miner's just got a beautiful new river porch railing with stainless steel horizontal wires below the handrail and custom-framed lattice at both ends. It's the same design as Alpen Glow's deck and it's fantastic. I'd love to put a photo of it in here, but my porch shots are all safely in a new phone I can't decipher and the river's calling; I am nothing if not subservient to the river gods.
We are currently taking the Cowells--some of our favorite people--on yet another river trip, which will make 4 in as many days. A few times, I have taken a double kayak so our dogs can join us (they are way too good at guilt-tripping me with scowls as I grab my gear and promise we'll do something fun soon,  just not right now). But on the trip when this picture was taken, one and then both dogs hopped on Steph's SUP and he then took on some exciting water. These conditions would be an enormous challenge for anyone on a SUP, but for a leg amputee who has many additional challenges balancing on a SUP and with dogs?! It is such an incredible sight that even as I took pictures, I was agog. They stayed up and dry throughout the run.

Bisco and Scupper are experienced river kayakers, though, and their lake SUPs have taught them to respect the reduced stability of a SUP compared to a kayak. So when Steph bravely put them on his board and headed downriver, it was impressive to see how relaxed, yet poised, they were.  
See you up here! heidi, Steph and the gang
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    Alpen Glow's new deck has stairs to the lawn and river, plus see-through railings!

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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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    Cable rail allows a great view of a great view

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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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    The Carriage House has a wood stove and great river porch

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    Watch salmon spawn in the fall

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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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    A great sign near our Dunsmuir place

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    The river view from Alpen Glow and the Carriage House is peaceful and beautiful

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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 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 single-cup 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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    This Miner's shot needs no explanation

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    Snack time down the road from
    Sow's Ear in Bucktail

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    View from Alpen Glow's dining area & the new deck

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    Sunlight sparkles on the Trinity by the Miner's

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

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    Entrance to the Miner's Cabin

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MAPS TO ALL LOCATIONS AT BOTTOM OF THIS PAGE.
Our unique Trinity River cabins are spread out over 3 different locations about 15 minutes from Weaverville (we also have a cool place in Dunsmuir by Mt. Shasta; see it below). 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 and the Miner's Cabin have gotten some impressive improvements. You can read about Alpen Glow's in our newsletter (the link is below). 

Come for a relaxed stay in a charming cabin on the Trinity where you can fish, read and observe nature.
Join us for guided river trips (raft and kayak) or rent kayaks and SUPs for Lewiston Lake!
7/18/16: "We were absolutely thrilled with our stay and very much enjoyed the kayaking trip! " Amanda Williams

7/18/16: "Your cabin is rustic (without being anything close to primitive) and we were impressed that you have done a great job of provisioning with all that we could need to make our stay enjoyable. We all fell in love with that covered front porch and the three granddaughters and I made that our very special place to take our meals together… not to mention sharing the exciting deer sightings!
Thanks again for the hospitality." Steve Lucas

6/12/2016: "You two are the most positive, full of energy and life people we have ever met. You are not only masters of the river, but also observably masters of love and appreciation for good things in life such as soul mates, courage, passion and respect for nature. [Our] river rafting trip was the highlight." Birdhouse guests Christine, Andreas, Mikah, Serena and Sammy (all of whom blew us away as well with their intelligence, interest in everything and joyful approach to nature!)

Or come to our Alpine Fish & Ski Haus by Mt. Shasta. The area is known for its world-class hiking and climbing opportunities, fishing, exquisite spiritual retreats and mineral spas. 
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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    SUP PUPS!

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    Note the kayak on right has places to stand & SUP!

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    Steph & Scupper surf the Trinity

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    1st time on a SUP and he did very well

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    There are a few exciting spots on the upper Trinity as well as peaceful meanders

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    1st time rafters who all wanted to go again!

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    Lewiston Lake is ideal for easy paddleboarding

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    Some rafters paddle while Steph rows & steers, while others just cruise

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    This family was such fun! Interested in everything

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    This family had never been to the Trinity area, but they sure will come back now!

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    Heidi on a winter's day SUP

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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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