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    Modoc Country

    This was a special weekend for Christy and I. It was our ten year wedding anniversary. We had thought about what we wanted to do for months to celebrate, but with the shop short staffed and me only able to take a couple of days off we decided to head up to our property in the Modoc Forest. We would do some camping, fishing and a bit of exploring.

    Our first stop on the way up would be in the McCloud area. Christy needed a McCloud Redband Trout for her second Heritage Trout Certificate. It was only a few minutes off the path so we figured it would be a great place to take a break from the drive and catch a few fish.

    Home of the McCloud Redband Trout.


    Christy's first McCloud Redband.



    That night I cooked up some delicious spicy sausage sandwiches in the dutch oven.

    The next day we decided to get up early and head to the most beautiful swamp in California. To get to the swamp requires traveling on a long dirt road only suitable for high ground clearance vehicles. The road climbs for what feels like eternity passing abandoned cabins, old mines and all kinds interesting terrain. When you finally arrive at the swamp, you realize the name is not very fitting. There is a small creek that runs through the swamp that contains an extremely rare subspecies of the rainbow trout called the Warner Redband. Christy would also need this fish for her Heritage Trout Certificate.


    Home of the Warner Redband Trout.


    Christy's first Warner Redband.




    On the way back to camp we decided to stop of at the Stringer Plum Winery. The winery uses the Native Pacific Plum which is extremely rare and only grows in that region. We bought two bottles. We were getting a bit hungry so we decided to just have  lunch right there at the winery. They had nice picnic tables that offered a great view of Goose Lake. The wine went very well with our crackers, summer sausage and cheese.


    On our third and final day we headed to the famous Lava Beds National Park. The park is somewhat close to the property and it really is amazing. The park blew us away and I have to warn that the next section of this post is going to get a little picture heavy.


    Should I go in?????







    A big one!!!!!



     On the final night I made an amazing rosemary chicken in the dutch oven. Christy said it was the best chicken she ever had. It could of been the alcohol talking, but it was pretty good.



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