Christmas day ride 2017
Shasta and Kathy had an amazing ride on Christmas Day 2017
Northern California has some perfect weather for winter riding…
Ventura, officially the City of San Buenaventura, is the county seat of Ventura County, California, United States. European explorers encountered a Chumash village, referred to as Shisholop, in Ventura while traveling along the Pacific coast. The eponymous Mission San Buenaventura was founded nearby in 1782 where it benefitted from the water of the Ventura River. The town grew around the mission compound and incorporated in 1866. The development of nearby oil fields in the 1920s and the age of automobile travel created a major real estate boom during which many designated landmark buildings were constructed. The mission and these buildings are at the center of a downtown that has become a cultural, retail, and residential district and visitor destination.
In some areas of Canada and the United States, “leaf peeping” tourism is a major contribution to economic activity. This tourist activity occurs between the beginning of color changes and the onset of leaf fall, usually around September and October in the Northern Hemisphere and April to May in the Southern Hemisphere.
Visiting the General Sherman Tree
Two trails lead to the Sherman Tree. Parking for the Main Trail is off the Wolverton Road (between the Sherman Tree and Lodgepole); just follow signs. The trail runs half a mile (0.8 km) down to the tree. It has a few stairs and is paved. As you walk, you’ll enter the Giant Forest sequoia grove. Exhibits along the trail explain the natural history of giant sequoias. The walk back is uphill.
Those with disability parking placards can park in a small lot along the edge of the Generals Highway. From there, a wheelchair-accessible trail leads a short distance to the tree. If you don’t have a placard but can’t manage the Main Trail, during shuttle season you can ride park shuttles (all are wheelchair accessible, and some kneel) to the accessible trail. Another option, if you can do the initial downhill walk, is to park at the Main Trail, walk down to the Sherman Tree, then continue down to the shuttle stop along the Generals Highway. A shuttle can return you to your parking area, eliminating the uphill walk.
A fence protects the shallow roots of the Sherman Tree. Please help us protect the tree by staying on the paved trail.
Whether your an avid fisherman or like just like the gentle nudge of the water against your boat. Paradise Lake is a wonderful place to visit. In addition the boating and fishing, there is a running/biking/walking path around a good portion of the lake. But don’t worry, there are a few benches along the way to rest and enjoy the views
on several visits to this trail we have witnessed deer just a few feet from the trail…bear and mountain lion may also be present
Paradise Lake is one of two reservoirs which stores water for our community. It is a source of public water supply; therefore, it is strictly regulated. It covers an area of 244 acres and is surrounded by beautiful wooded land and has a shoreline of 7.5 miles. Its’ function is to store raw water for our community of Paradise. It holds approximately 11,500 acre feet of water. It is our only reservoir that allows fishing and recreation. Magalia Reservoir is located on Little Butte Creek downstream from Paradise Lake and does not allow fishing or recreation. Paradise Dam separates the two reservoirs.