We headed over to Paskenta, California today. The weather was chilly and overcast but it disciplined itself into not full out raining. Pretty thankful for that. Paskenta is way back in the foothills of the Sacramento Valley before you get to the Mendocino National Forest and the Yolla Bolly Wilderness. You drive west out of Corning for 45 minutes to get there. It’s a little village tucked out of the away. Thomas Creek is running through the middle of the town bank full of run-off from the mountains farther up stream. The town itself is pretty much a collection of homes. That’s it. There’s a small convenience store that sells snacks and gas. Some people are trying to renovate the General Store and Pool Hall but they’re not quite there yet. They can’t sell food and I’m not sure but they might not even have their liquor license. But if someone can make it happen it’s a very picturesque old establishment. The bar is original and the dark knotty pine walls are crying out for trophy heads and mounted Billy Basses.
The Pioneer Days parade passes over Thomas Creek bridge on main street on it’s way to the park grounds where the horse activities are held. From the road you see chicken and goat pens in the well-kept back yards. It’s really a junior rodeo. They have trail trials for the kids, musical chairs a-horseback and various other fun games.
We sat in the truck for warmth where we had a ring side seat. That’s the way things are in the small out of the way places. No hustle and bustle. Just $2 admission including parking. Sausage and eggs with coffee for breakfast or BBQ tri-tip and chili for lunch, $4.50 flat.
|Here They Come|
|Pioneer Days Royalty|
|It's Not a Parade without a Hawaiian Float|
|Peanuts on Horseback|
|4-H is Big Here|
|Rose Bowl Here We Come|
|A Family Event|
|A Peanut on a Peanut|
|Red Hair Black Horse|
|Great Old Truck Still Runs Great|