I prefer winter and Fall, when you feel the bone structure of the landscape — the loneliness of it, the dead feeling of winter. Something waits beneath it, the whole story doesn’t show. ~Andrew Wyeth

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

"An Old Man Loved is Winter with Flowers" Part 1.

This was a trip to Susanville, Calif.  for my Uncle's 90th birthday party and it was worth every moment. We were heading to our Uncle's territory, in the high desert of the northern Sierra Nevada Mountains, to a well deserved party in his honor.
My sister and my cousin Suzi met us on the highway. The Prospector drove me down to Lodi and we loaded my things into my sister's car. I drove north on Highway 5 to Chico and Sis drove into the mountains to Chester. The forecast was for light snow. We brought chains but never needed them.
We played a little....
 We worried about the snow, which never got too heavy and made the trip from Chico to Chester a Winter Wonderland of a drive...
This is Deer Creek on highway 32. It was stunningly beautiful. It was also very cold.
We finally reached Chester and Lake Almanor which was covered with ice and snow around its edges. What a beautiful photo shoot this was.
About an hour later we drove over Fredonyer Pass and into Susanville, CA. (elevation 4200 ft.) on the east side of  Lassen National Forest.  about 85 miles north west of Reno, Nevada.
We had reached our destination.
The Roseberry House Bed & Breakfast was waiting for our arrival. 
The innkeepers, Richard & Charmy Sorem, greeted us with such warm hospitality that we felt like we were members of their own family.
Then we went upstairs to our room.....
 Sis and I had the queen bed and Suzi had a charming single in the "alcove".
No one else was staying in the house so we had the whole upstairs to ourselves. My sister and I spent one miserable night sleeping together in the beautiful antique bed and the next night Sis chose to take another room across the hall. It was a joint decision. The rest of our stay was much more comfortable.
I had no idea that my sister talks in her sleep and hogs all the blankets. Tellin' on you sis!! I love ya but we can't sleep together, can we?
The next morning we woke up to snow falling softly all over town and  came downstairs to one of the most amazing breakfasts ever, cooked by Richard, and served in the wonderful old dining room.
This was a luxury I'm unaccustomed to. It was a most elegant and filling breakfast.  My cousin, Suzi, having just returned from Ireland, was very impressed with the variety of food. She had seen a lot of meals prepared and served in the last few weeks and this one rivaled them all.
After breakfast Sis and Suzi went for a long walk. I stayed in and read my book. Took a nap. The oldster was tired. I wasn't about to go for a walk in the snow.
I got a call from my cousins, in Ashland, Oregon, wondering about the weather and asking which pass we took through the mountains.... checking to see if we had arrived. They were raised in this town. They had no fear and seemed to take all the late snow rather matter of fact. 
Sis and Suzi came back from their walk in the snow with stories of what Susanville calls ".... just down the road." and decided to take the car next time if they needed something on the other end of town. It was their turn to take a nap.
Tomorrow I will continue... with a little history of  Susanville, a walk downtown and getting ready for the Birthday party.


  1. Wow!! What beautiful pictures. The bed and breakfast place is so quaint and the breakfast they served looked fantastic. I know you all have a great time. Have a blessed day. Madeline

  2. What a nice break; to get away with your sis! Hubby and I traveled through Susanville one September; it was beautiful. Enjoy your trip.

  3. Sounds wonderful. Naps, walks, reading books, delicious food (that you didn't prepare)...all except for the hogging blanket noisy sister!
    can't wait to hear the rest. xo, Cheryl

  4. Sounds like my hubby- I often threaten to move into the guest room, or buy twin beds...and he says he doesn't snore! Yi yi yi yi yi...

    Such a beautiful place!

  5. I have a feeling this is going to be a wonderful little holiday for you all. The B & B looks fabulous. Don't know whether I like the look of the beds or the breakfast the most! And family gatherings are always fun, aren't they? (Not the gathering of family in one bed, though!)

  6. gorgeous photos! Oh my, I can't wait to see more..;j

  7. I am looking forward to hearing more! Tina

  8. Such a lovely place! I've never been to a B&B and that's a shame LOL

    I loved Deer Creek and would love to linger there if it were a tad warmer. I think of water flowing over rocks sometimes when I can't get to sleep :)

    Looking forward to more (when blogger cooperates)!

  9. Such fun and adventures on your "road trip" Farmlady!


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