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,1.Urn weonesOay, May 2, 2001 Bulletin, Progressive, By Terri Nacar color pictures of sites you'll see P0rtola Editor along the way, backpack camp- Graeagle resident Tom sites with water sources, and DeMund has hiked the Sierrawinter trail information for from where the mountains snowshoe and cross-country start in Southern California to skiing. where they end in the north, At the beginning of each and in his view there is no bet- trail description, DeMund has ter place to hike than the listed the distance, the highest Feather River country, point, total elevation gain, dif- So when DeMund decided he ficulty, hiking season and wanted to write a hiking book, direction to the trailhead. he chose the area which he has The book contains trails hiked for more than 30 years, suitable for all levels of experi- "Feather River Country ence and physicalabilities and Adventure Trails," introduces rates them in one of five classi- the day hiker to 100 fun hikes fications: easy, easy/moderate, within the region of the Upper moderate, moderate/strenu- Middle Fork Feather River, ous, and strenuous. Lakes Basin and the North A flat short trail will land in Yuba River. the "easy" category; a flat two DeMund said the book is theor three-mile trail or steeper result of two years of research short trail will earn an and two years of walking, doc- "easy/moderate" rating; and umenting and photographing "strenuous" is used for a trail each of the hikes, with plenty of elevation gain, a Each hike has at least one rough trail, a long haul, or unique feature, such as moun- some combination of these fac- tain peaks with awesome tors. Each chapter, or trail, views, ghost towns and ghost has a comment section in camp's, sparkling creeks, glori- which DeMund briefly covers ous waterfalls, century-oldsome of the high points of the gold mines, lush meadows, pio- hike, to give the reader a taste neer wagon trails or beautiful for the hike without having to forests, read the whole hike descrip- His book offers accurate tion. directions to trailheads, accu- "Often, this section will rate trail descriptions, a map describe some particular histo- for each hike in full color, 90 ry that applies to the trail or Photo by Terri Nacar Tom DeMund has hiked the trails surrounding Graeagle and the Lakes Basin area for 30 years and recently pub, lished a book describing 100 fun hikes within the region, hoping that residents and tourists alike will find new adventures and visit some of the spectacular places which can only be enjoyed by hikin Historical group meets May 6 The Plumas County Historical Society will meet Sunday, May 6, at 2 p.m. in Greenville at the Cy Hall Museum on Main Street. The program will include the history, status and a tour of the Cy Hall Memorial Museum, and a walking tour of historic downtown Greenville. The museum is located in the old Bransford and Mclntyre warehouse, circa 1877. The board of directors will meet at 1 p.m. the area it traverses," he said. school teacher, He has even included a sec-every summer, tion on safety and what to take many along on any hike. their DeMund is hoping his book DeMund will open up the Feather River explored many country to hikers, cross-coun- crannies of the try skiers and snowshoers who and off trail. have yet to discover the beauty and uniqueness of the area."Often DeMund was born and neighbors join raised in Phoenix, Ariz., and and I enjoy has been hiking all of his life. joys of the "I come from a hiking and try to them and camping family, which beganas well," he said. when my ancestors moved He has even west with other pioneers. They John r would hike into the mountains country," bec: surrounding Phoenix to get walked so away from the people and the out the area. heat and it has just always been a part of me," he said. "I cannot He fondly remembers his matching his early days of hiking as a ments, but I Tenderfoot Boy Scout at Camp enthusiasm for Geronimo near Payson, Ariz.tion of the Several years later he earned said. an Eagle Scout award which And he hopes included merit badges in hik- stir the same tn ing, camping, pathfinding, pio- those who neering, forestry, fishing,those who visit. rocks and minerals, bird In addition to study, first aid, and safety, areas around His sons also became Boy DeMund has alsO Scouts and DeMund took on of the High the role of assistant scoutmas- range ter, directing the hiking, back- trails in Austria, l packing, and car-camping Germany and activities for the troop. His first vacation and hiking He is a experience in the Feather University and River country came in 1965,from a career in while he was working as a real estate sales executive and calling on free time to local utility companies, of the Feather "Smitten by its beauty, my DeMund's beol family and I vacationed in at several local Graeagle for many years there- ing the after, sampling the fine trails High Sierra of the region," he said. Leonard's in DeMund, and his wife, Mary,Beckwourth built a log house on the out- Off-me in MohaWl , skirts of Graeagle in 1992,Eureka State which allows them to spend Johnsville. many more hours walking theEditor's note: trails of the Feather Riverwill be country, columns on Although they still reside in paper this summer. the Bay area, where Mary is a work in The Varlel Home, formally dings and receptions. known as the Col rn/Variei Home, is now Photo submitted available for wed- Home ava The charming gardens at the centrally located Variel Home. security deposit, will entitle Variel Home on Coburn Street Towering trees, flowering you to the use of the gardens. are now available for rent. plants and expansive greenYour hostess, Carol Paoli, can Planning a wedding, recep- lawn is conducive to making be reached at the Plumas tion, birthday party or family your affair a memorable occa- County Museum at 283-6320, or reunion? sion. at home at 283-9669. Envision your event at the A rental fee of $100, plus National Day of By Victoria Metcalf A national day set aside for Staff Writers prayer includes the following Members of the Quincy and timeline: Meadow Valley religious com- .1775: The first day of prayer munities invite all interested was declared when the persons to participate in the Continental Congress set aside National Day of Prayer a time for prayer in forming Thursday, May 3, at noon on the new nation. the courthouse steps. -1795: On Feb. 19 of that year, Ministers from many of the George Washington pro- Quincy and Meadow Valley claimed a public thanksgiving area churches will lead and prayer day. prayers for the observance. .1808: Thomas Jefferson The National Day of Prayer opposed declarations of is scheduled for the first national prayer days by the Thursday in May each year. federal government. In his of the Plumas County Museum Odd and Unusual Art/facts Here Is this week's leek at one of the treasures not normally on display at the Plumas County Museum. Our featured artifact I,s metal and wood. It is approximately 12" 18" tall by 9" deep. The scoop Is metal with sharp pointed edges and narrow slots. One side of the loop handle is broken. What is it? The answer will be In next week's paper. If you think you know what it is, call the muSeum at 2834320. Last week's answer:. The tool was used for setting the "rake" on crosscut saws. The rake Is the degree to which the teeth on a saw protrude on each side of the blade. Donated by Melvin Lyster. Prayer observed Thurs. writings, he penned, "Fasting and prayer are religious exer- cises; the enjoining them an act of discipline. Every reli- gious society has a right to determine for itself the time for these exercises, and the objects proper for them, according to their own partic- ular tenets; and right can never be safer than in their hands, where the Constitution has deposited it." 1813: President James Madison proclaimed a day of prayer. Later he said such a day wasn't appropriate because, "They seem to imply and certainly nourish the erro- neous idea of a national reli- gion." 1863: On March 30, Abraham Lincoln signed a Congressional resolution call- ing for a day of fasting and prayer. 1952: On April 17, a bill pro- claiming a National Day of Prayer was unanimously passed by congress. President Harry Truman signed the bill into law. 1972: The National Day of Prayer committee was created featuring Christian inter- denominational members who made up a task force. 1988: A bill was introduced setting aside the first Thursday in May as the National Day of Prayer. 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