Friday\'s drive – search for Fall colors and more

Starting at about 3000 feet elevation or 20 minutes east of my house, we are just starting to see some Fall color. We headed toward the town of Burney. 

 Burney is known for fly fishing, with wild brown and native rainbow trout in many nearby rivers and streams, including Burney Creek. Other attractions in the area include McArthur-Burney Falls Memorial State Park, home to the Burney Falls. 

 Burney was named after Samuel Burney, a settler in the area in the 1850s. Burney was found dead in the valley in 1857, which came to be called \”the valley where Burney died,\” and finally just \”Burney\”. The town of Burney sits at the base of an extinct volcano called Burney Mountain. 

The peak is 7,863 ft tall (2,397 m).  

Parts of the 1980s film Stand by Me were filmed within the vicinity of Burney and Fall River Mills, California. The scene where the boys outrace a locomotive across a trestle was filmed at Lake Britton on the McCloud River Railroad, near McArthur-Burney Falls Memorial State Park, California.

The area is predominantly cattle ranching. 

That one horse looked up at me as I was taking his picture. My husband and I LOVE horses. 

Those grasses are that golden in color – probably one reason they called California the Golden State. 

The windmill farm on Hachett Mountain, the only large-scale wind project to become operational in California in 2010. The 101-megawatt farm will produce enough clean renewable energy to power approximately 10,000 homes in California. 
Pacific Gas & Electric Company purchases 100% of the electricity.
On that note – most of my community will be experiencing yet another blackout starting tomorrow through Tuesday. They had one last week as well. These small towns can\’t take much more. 

4 thoughts on “Friday\'s drive – search for Fall colors and more

  1. Anonymous October 24, 2020 / 6:50 pm

    Not sure how they operate but there are lots of windmill farms driving into Palm Springs as well as driving from Phoenix to San Diego along Highway 8. Seems they have been around longer than 2010 too so maybe the windmill farm on Hachett Mountain is bigger than those? Sad about another blackout. Really any town in California, big or small, can't take much more these days I fear. Beautiful drive though!betty


  2. Anonymous October 25, 2020 / 5:57 pm

    It didn't say they were the first only that they were the only large scale operational wind farm to become operational in 2010. I know, confusing.


  3. Anonymous October 25, 2020 / 9:23 pm

    We are still using our AC here. So I hope you weather the blackout well. You can't open windows with your air quality and can't run the AC. Sounds like a roadtrip is in your future. I wish you the best.


  4. Anonymous October 25, 2020 / 9:40 pm

    Not many windmill farms here andby many I mean none that I knoe of……………………….I would love to go for a long drive one day


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