This past weekend we rented a small cottage on a family farm in Fall River Mills through Airbnb. Fall River Mills is an unincorporated town in Shasta County, which is about five hours north of the Bay Area. It was a long drive for us with baby (he had a couple of meltdowns), but we made it. Once we arrived, he settled in quite nicely, as you can see. 🙂
The farm we stayed on was organic and free range. We met cows, chickens, baby chicks, horses, huge labradors, a farm cat, pacific tree frogs, and my personal favorite: pigs. I don’t know why, but I think pigs are very cute!
From Fall River Mills, Burney Falls was only 25 minutes away, and Mossbrae Falls about an hour. Also close by was Ahjumawi Lava Springs State Park, a pristine natural reserve that’s home to bald eagles and only (legally) accessible by kayak or shallow boat. Regrettably, I don’t have a kayak (yet…) so I wasn’t able to visit the park this time around. I’ll have to check it out another time.
It was so refreshing to get away from the whole urban sprawl scene and just get some peace and quiet. I love standing still and hearing nothing but the wind.
And nothing beats the night sky out in the middle of no where, where light pollution is minimal. It was so dark I couldn’t see outside without my headlamp. I don’t have the right equipment for astrophotography, which is too bad because I would have liked to have shared what it looked like. I could see the Milky Way with my naked eye. In short, it was incredible.
It was also fun to just to be in a cozy cottage. I’m not a fan of extravagant houses. I’m content with small square footage, and I love cozy little nooks. In addition to seeing Burney Falls and Mossbrae Falls, my favorite memory of this trip was being tucked into bed in the evening alongside Mike and our son, sipping a cup of hot spiced pear cider I just made, and reading The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde by the soft, warm light of a small lamp.
Give me a book, a blanket, a bed, and a hot beverage and I’m good. Cats are more than welcome. Oh, and access to the outdoors are a must. As long as I can escape the concrete jungle scene, I’m happy. 🙂