Happy Monday everyone!
I decided to extend my time at our cabin last week, so I got home late Saturday night after stopping at Sierra Nevada for a day long trip (more on that soon!). Growing up, we always spent the 4th of July holiday at our cabin and as we get older, the kids don’t always make it up, but we try our best to make it at least every few years–this may be the last for Jeff and I for awhile, so I was glad to be able to go for an entire week!
The cabin is in northern california by Mount Lassen, a dormant volcano in Lassen Volcanic National Park, one of the lesser known national parks in the state. Drakesbad Guest Ranch is right up the road and the gorgeous Lake Almanor just a half hour drive away. Sunset did a great write-up of the area in one of last year’s issues.
We spent most of the week on my parents’ new kayaks at nearby lakes,
The dog wanted to come too!
And of course, it wouldn’t be 4th of July at the cabin without the local parade. Gotta love the logging trucks!
Like any true vacation, I don’t think we stopped eating for longer than 30 minutes at a time. Still, we somehow found it in ourselves to make some pretty great dinners–from build your own kebob and hot dog stations to homemade beans for taco sliders. We definitely weren’t “roughing” it by any means!
Jeff left the party a little early, but I met back up with him and a few friends on the way back home at Sierra Nevada–where else?
We arrived around lunchtime, so we decided to eat before taking the new “official” tour that takes you back into the brewery to learn about every stage of the brewing process.
The tour ended with a free tasting session–a perfect ending to a fun week of family, friends, and food!