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April 2015 - Hit the Trail

03/25/2015 07:40AM ● Published by Enjoy Magazine

Cover Photo by Betsey Walton
Mud Ranch Jacobs

Springtime seems to have gotten a head start this year, and the season of rebirth is now officially in full bloom.

Benevolence also blooms in the great North State, and you’ll be inspired by FaithWorks, a nonprofit that has been the catalyst for helping families free themselves from homelessness.
You’ll be amazed by the Astrobiology Student Intern Program at Red Bluff High School, where Lassen Volcanic National Park is the students’ lab and NASA scientists are their teachers.

Then, meet Leslie “Lazy Lester” Johnson, a Paradise resident, blues music legend and fascinating character who was a key creator of the swamp blues sound in the 1950s.
Looking for a new place to enjoy a meal? Fork and Spoon in Cottonwood is one family’s headquarters for comfort food with an inspired culinary twist. Or head north to Dotty’s in Etna, which serves gourmet burgers and other specialty foods, but also serves as a community hub.

We’ve got some tips for making the most of your precious family time amidst the hustle and bustle of work, school, sports and more. Start by making some music together, volunteering or nurturing your creative side with some crafts. Take a day trip to downtown Shasta, where you can step back in time to the 1850s. And if you can get away for a couple of days, wind your way over to the Avenue of the Giants, a place where time appears to have stood still.

Or perhaps you’d like to dig your hands into the soil together. We’ll tell you how actively aerated compost tea (secret ingredient: worm poop) will make your garden happy. Meanwhile, learn about a local company that grows 230 types of veggies, fruits, herbs and grains to harvest seeds, which can then be purchased in the North State, Bay Area and beyond.

Enjoy sweet spring!

Enjoy Magazine; Northern California Living — April 2015 — Hit the Trail

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