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Plumas, Lassen mural project planned for Welcome Center

Welcome to August and the summer heat that comes with it. The Shasta Cascade Wonderland Association and Education Foundation held its annual meetings, budgeting and election of oficers.

They were informative and we had a little bit of funding left over on the SCWA side, so we’ve started a rainy day fund as a just in case measure. The SCEF was right on target for budget so no surplus was available on that side of things. I was selected and voted in as treasurer for both groups again this year and I am certainly proud and happy to serve in this capacity for the two boards. I love my work with the tourism destination marketing organizations and will continue to serve Plumas County for as long as I am able to do so

The SCEF owns the building that houses the California Welcome Center and we have some ongoing projects that we would like to complete, and one specifically for Plumas and Lassen Counties, which is an entire, interior wall of the Welcome Center wrapped in a photographic mural featuring just images from the two counties that sponsored the mural. The content would be agreed upon by myself and the representative from Lassen County, and we will be raising funds to help sponsor this project. Everything we do to help the Welcome Center promote us specifically is helpful and worthwhile. It is in our best interest to take advantage of this opportunity and gather enough support to make it happen.

The wall is very large and will give us ample space to feature some really great images of our beautiful county, and will be a long lasting product that will be there for years to come. I am applying for some grant funding for this project and then will reach out to everyone at some point in time to finish it up. I hope that I can count on your support to help us get this accomplished. Look for a fundraiser link later in the year and at shastacascade.com and follow the link to the SCEF, which makes your donations 100 percent tax deductible.

I took the opportunity just after the Fourth of July celebrations to visit Lassen Volcanic National Park and luckily this year the road over the top to the other side was open and so spectacular. Just one thought in particular though is please go slow and enjoy the trip, the view, the sounds of nature, roll down the windows, open the sunroof and take it all in. I can’t tell you how many people were just going as fast as they possibly could and I wonder if they really stayed long enough to enjoy any of it, or to have any fun?

That said I took my time and just celebrated the 70-degree weather, the short stops and hikes to take hundreds of pictures. I stopped at the Bumpass Hell parking lot and hiked across the road, up over the snow banks to Lake Helen and as is my usual, to dip my toes in the crystal blue freezing water. What a thrill every chance I get to visit that lake and admire the amazingly blue water, and cherish the moments spent in the shadow of the plug dome volcano, Lassen Peak.

Life is a daring adventure; go live it.

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