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2B Wednesday, May 23, 2001 ional News Bulletin Pro( Continued from We 1il vers are familiar with. There are also Adventure Routes, where visitors can ac- cess different "discovery points" along the trail. The land along the road to McCarthy seemed almost un- touched, and Goodwin says that is the point of the Adven- ture Routes, to let people expe- rience a sense of pioneership, to walk off and find a wonder, to feel as if they are the first to do so. The road that leads off of Hwy 32 first crosses over Deer Creek, then is met with a turnoff to the Upper Deer Creek campsite. Goodwin stopped the truck on the bridge over the creek and pointed to two large fish down in the water. "It's great out here," she said, "because you get to see a lot of things you normally can't." From Potato Patch south, the creek has been designated as sport-fishing only, Goodwin added. Back on the dirt road, the vegetation was similar to that of the Lake Almanor Basin, but the lower elevation became apparent as oak trees began to grow more prevalently. After'nearly two hours in transit, Goodwin stopped be- fore a gate. She got out to open the combination lock, the numbers of which change ac- cording to the visitor. The access road led to the top of a small hill equipped with a restroom and a storage shed. There would have been too many complications to fit the lookout itself with a bathroom, Goodwin said. The storage shed currently houses a water tank that feeds cold water only to the lookout via gravity. There is also room for visitors to park a vehicle. Goodwin began down the 1,000-foot paved trail to the lookout. She noted that, al. though the trail is meant to be wheelchair-accessible, the long slopes and a switchback turn might be difficult for nonmo. This Is bear country. The scars of a previous attack on the lookout serve to remind guests to use caution. Photos by Christi Sevtap Study abroad applications now available from Rotary Applications are now being the applicant. accepted for paid international The primary purpose of the study opportunities next year. scholarships is to increase Sponsored by Rotary Interna- awareness of and respect for tional, the Ambassadorial cultural differences, develop Scholarship program supports leaders who can address the scholarships for those who humanitarian needs of the wish to study in a foreign world community, and foster a country from three months to lifelong association between two years, the Rotary Club and its schol- Applicants must have com- ars. pleted at least two years of col- ,'This is one of the most out- ot :univers lt Offrse work standing scholarship opportu- (or must have a secondary nities available," said Dr. Su- school education and have san Carroll, FeatheTRiver Col- been employed in a recognized lege president and area chair- vocation for at least two years) person of the Ambassadorial when the scholarships begin. Scholarship Program. Funding is provided for theThree scholarships for Dis- average costs for round-trip trict 5190 will be available for travel, tuition, food and hous- the 2002-03 cycle of awards. ing in the country selected by Candidates wanted for California Senior The Area Agency on Aging is seeking individuals interest- ed in being appointed to fill a vacant position in the Califor- nia Senior Legislfiture, a non-partisan, volunteer body that proposes laws to meet the needs and concerns of Califor- nia's senior citizens. The position to be filled is that of Senior Senator, held most recently by Robert Cameron, of Orland. Mr. Cameron was appointed to the position in 1998, but suc- cumbed to cancer earlier this month, with approximately a year of his current term re- maining. Interested individuals must be 60 years or older, and a resi- dent and registered voter in one of the five counties served by the Area Agency on Aging (Butte, Colusa, Glenn, Plumas and Tehama). For more information, or to obtain a candidate packet, vis- it the Area Agency on Aging at PASSAGES Adult Resource Center, 400 W. First Street, Building D, Chico, CA 95929-0792, or call Vicki Pax- ton, Director of the Area Agency on Aging at (530) 898-6758. torized chairs. Along the trail are re- minders of the Gun 2 fire, which Goodwin said came very close to endangering the lookout. But, the vegetation ..has already reclaimed its h"Ome. Burnt logs created a vi- brant c ntrast lying in beds of bright green miner's lettuce. Goodwin pointed to a small tree-like plant that grew adja- cent to the trail. "That's California nutmeg," she said. "It's in the same fami- ly as a plant that's being tested as a cancer-flghting drug." A 270-deMee view The trails ends at the Iook- out--a small building with cedar siding that is perched on a rock ledge. The first noticeable details are the bear claw marks along the door. Goodwin explained that, be- fore the lookout was renovated and ready for rental, a bear had wintered in its shelter. "I guess he got mad that he couldn't get in again," she said. The marks serve as a good reminder for visitors to keep all food and trash in the look. out and locked up. The front door opens up to the kitchen, which is sparsely furnished with the trash-burn- er, stove and a picnic table. Against the wall is a barbecue for outside use; absolutely no campfires are allowed by visi- tors. On the table is a guest book. Usually only used for visitors to sign, the occupants of the McCarthy Point Lookout were inspired to leave more than a name and address. One tenant described his stay as "full-on, drop.dead, leave your worries behind." "This is a good place to think about what's important in life," wrote another. "I have to think that Ishi and his people found this to be a magical place." "Bears are plentiful here," warned a visitor. "There were prints right up past the gate." The second room serves as a bedroom now, but was once the main lookout point. The original windows frame the northern, eastern and western walls of the bedroom, allowing for a 270-degree view. Goodwin pointed out the coastal range, which was just visible behind a layer of haze. And, in between that range and the end of the range that encompasses the Mill Creek Canyon, lay the northern sec- tion of the Sacramento Valley. "That's probably the Los Molinas area down there," Goodwin said. She indicated that visitors can gaze out on Mill Creek and Black Rock, a 5-million-year- old basalt rock protrusion. "And up until this last fire," she added, "you used to be able to see the remnants of an old wagon down there." i. The McCarthy Lookout is a mall, two-room built by the California Conservation Corps in years of disuse and vandalism, the FOrest stored the lookout to nearly its original camped at this spot froth Oct. the rock is 21, to Dec. 31, 1849, Goodwin feet tall, and, said, watching company goods lavas, has that couldn't be transported or more below thet any farther in the winter, crust. while here.., He often let passersby stopJust past Black] After leaving the lookout, for the night. On one of those Black Rock Goodwin drove further alongoccasions, four emigrant men Goodwin stopped the route, intending to exit on were killed when a tree fell on veyed the area, Hwy36. their tent. Their deaths are the site First, she stopped the truck memorialized by a symbolic Back then, on a strip of land called "The gravesite erected by the Ore- win, the cam Narrows." To the left lay the gon-California Trails Associa- home to the Deer Creek canyon; to the lion, the same group that sud- that abuts the right, the Mill Creek canyon, denly lined the paths with arts used the Goodwin explained that thisrocks and logs. known as bay was a very treacherous passFrom Bruff's Camp, Good- for goods. for the pioneers in wagons,win maneuvered the truck She snapped "It's been bulldozed a bit,past Black'Rock, a massive tree and bent it and it's still a little scary," she basalt rock formation that the leaf tore a said. "Can you imagine themonce provided shelter for the reminiscent crossing this in a wagon?" native tribe, bubble gum, After leaving The Narrows. Although the site had been tected. Goodwin turned the truck vandalized, a USFS excavation Soon, the down an unmarked dirt road turned up an arrow, complete Goodwin and stopped at a rock-linedwith sinew, and a crystal the road to trail labeled with a small amulet, Goodwin said. And the ing out the brown sign as "BruiTs Camp." upper part of the rock is still flitting from tree to Goodwin explained that the blackened from the natives'The trip to the site had always been here, but campfire smoke. Point Lookout the trail had suddenly ap: Tests indicate that Black even longtime peared one day, along with a Rock is 5 million yearsold, she Plumas CountY, monument to four men who said. lived so close to ai died here in 1849. Farther down the trail, an ness without A man named John G. Bruff information kiosk states that hidden treasures. 0i Chevy Cavalier Sport Equlpmer~Package Lots of Ex'trM GMC Sierra 4WD 4 Dr. Picku; '0t Heavy duty trailenng equip #18023( Buick LeSabre Custom 4 door sedan, gran touring pkg. very well equipped, #264667 | '01 GMC Sonoma 4WD XCab Pickup op ' . 928 j $3,q '01 Chew Prizm A~o ~r~s., Nicer '01 Chevy Impala LS 4 Dr. Sedan. Great equipment package. 331362 #537799 GT1 Coup. 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