Tall Trees and Wide Open Spaces

Clio-01a-on-the-road-toClio-01b-on-the-road-toClio-06-the-herdClio-05-wildflowersDriving into Plumas County is entering a rural and mountainous region of California.

Clio-02-welcome-to-ClioClio reminded us of a more isolated Prescott, AZ – without the town. There isn’t nearly the Western history, even though there was a gold rush here in the late 19th century.

Trestle over Feather River

Trestle over Feather River

It is more a place where people demand ‘elbow room’ and don’t want their neighbors too close.

Clio-07-GraeagleThe railroad down the Feather River opened this area up to people and the center of this little valley is the town of Graeagle. With Clio to the south and Blairsten to the north, the valley becomes filled with summer vacationers, but is fairly deserted in the winter.

Clio-10-Doug-BettyDoug & Betty have been friends of Craig since his college days and they retired to Clio in the late 90’s. Both are interested in animal rescue and they began, and largely financed the building of, the High Sierra Animal Rescue shelter in the city of Portola, CA one of the few shelters in Plumas County. Clio-09-High-Sierra-Craig-PattyIt is a modern facility built with the latest technology in heating and cleanliness to protect all the animals. It is a ‘no kill’ shelter and, due to other facilities for cats, now concentrates on sheltering and boarding dogs. Doug & Betty have two shelter dogs of their own, Max and Joy, and keep a close watch on everything that goes on in the shelter. Take a look at their website at HighSierraAnimalRescue.net.


This area is the center of the High Sierra’s and rain water either flows east into the flats of Nevada or west to the Pacific Ocean from this point. Only a couple of rivers cross this ‘backbone’ and the Feather River is one of them.

Feather River

Feather River

Clio-08-dinner-at-Cuccia'sThe town of Graeagle, though small, has four restaurants and we can attest to one – Cuccia’s – being an excellent place to have dinner.

The following morning we were on our way up the Pacific Coast via Hwy 5.

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