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August 2014 - Hide Away

07/24/2014 11:11AM ● By Enjoy Magazine
A perfect summer day is when the sun is shining, the breeze is blowing, the birds are singing, and the lawn mower is broken. ~James Dent

The end of summer is quickly closing in, but there’s still time to enjoy the long days and warm nights before autumn arrives in earnest.

Have your kids started the “I’m bored” chorus yet? We’ll show you how to make your own chalk paint (fun for a back-to-school project). Or take a little road trip to Chico and treat the family to the North State’s most magnificent grilled cheese sandwiches, found at a place called Mayhem. Up north, the Sisson Museum provides a fascinating history lesson on the Mount Shasta region—a great way to dust off those brain cells before school resumes.

If Mom and Dad need a quick escape, consider a trek to the lovely hamlet of Whitmore, home of Dakaro Cellars. The boutique winery is part of a growing community of winemakers and viticulturists who have found unique, productive microclimates in our corner of the state. For the more adventurous, check out Stewart Springs Mineral Retreat, designed to serve as a retreat for mind, body and soul.

If you’re looking for one last summertime vacation, Paul Bunyan and his blue ox, Babe, await you at the Trees of Mystery in Klamath. You’ll find magnificent redwoods, an interpretive trail and some respite from scorching North State summer temperatures. Walking amongst the trees that are among the oldest living things on the planet is simply magical.

Meanwhile, we’re inspired by people like Ryan Johnston, whose Cast Hope organization provides peace and escape to 250 underprivileged and at-risk youth through fly fishing. The experience blends mentoring, personal achievement and appreciation for natural resources.

And it all began with the question, “How are you using what you do best to help your community?”  Hmm...