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  • **TRINITY CAFE. 622 N. MT SHASTA BLVD (530) 926-6200**

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    MIKE AND TONY'S*501 Mt Shasta Blvd. Mt Shasta (530) 926-4792* MT SHASTA TRADITION SINCE 1947


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    LODGING IN MT SHASTA AREA

    Mount Shasta Resort,* 800-958-3363, 1000 Siskiyou Lakes Blvd. Mt Shasta $89-289

    Best Western Tree House, 800-545-7164, 111 Morgan Way, Mt Shasta $134 -214 (Pets OK)

    Alpine Lodge,** 800-500-3145, 908 S. Mt Shasta Blvd. Mt Shasta $49 -99

    Finlandia Motel & Lodge,** 530-926-5596, 1612 S. Mt Shasta Blvd. Mt Shasta $60-200

    Cold Creek Inn & Suites,* 800-292-9421, 724 N Mt Shasta Blvd, Mt Shasta $55-135

    Green Gables Motel & Suites, *530-335-2264*, 37385 Main Street, Burney Falls $55 - 219 (Pets OK)

    Woodsman Inn & Lodge,** 530-926-3411, 1121 S. Mt Shasta Blvd. Mt Shasta $79-259 (Pets OK)

    Mt Shasta Inn & Suites, 530-918-9292, 710 S. Mt Shasta Blvd. Mt Shasta $69-149 (100 % No Smoking)

    A1 Choice Motel, 530-926-4811,** 1340 S. Mt Shasta Blvd. Mt Shasta $69-149 (Pets Ok)

    Strawberry Valley Inn, 530-926-2052, 1142 S. Mt Shasta Blvd. Mt Shasta $99 to $189

    Swiss Holiday Lodge,** 530-926-3446, 2400 S. Mt Shasta Blvd. Mt Shasta $45 to 145

    LODGING IN McCLOUD AND DUNSMUIR AREA

    McCloud Hotel B&B,* 800-964-2823, 408 Main Street, McCloud

    Cedar Lodge Motel,** 530-235-4331, 4201 Dunsmuir Avenue, Dunsmuir (PETS OK)

    Rail Road Park Resort,** 530-235-4440, 100 Rail Road Park Road, Dunsmuir (Pets OK)


    NATIONAL AND STATE PARK INFORMATION

    McArthur-Burney Falls Memorial State Park Route 1, Box 1260 Burney California 96013 530-335-2777

    Mt Shasta Ranger District 204 Alma Mt Shasta Ca 96067 530-926-4511

    McCloud Ranger District PO Box 1620 McCloud, Ca 96057 530-964-2184

    Shasta Lake District 14225 Holiday Drive redding Ca 96003 530-257-1587

    Castle Crags State Park Castella Ca 530-235-2684

    Klamath Basin National Wildlife Refuges 530-667-2231

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    Lake Siskiyou Campground 530-926-2618

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  • CAVE SPRINGS RESORT Stay right on the banks of the Upper Sacramento River in a cabin or in one of the resorts comfortable rooms. practically fish from your window. Kids can enjoy swimming in the fabulous pool nestled under old growth oaks, cedars and douglas furs. Join your host, Louie Dewey and his wife Belinda, as they offer the best value in lodging for the region. Hospitality and friendliness that has made Cave Springs and the Dewey Family infamous in Shasta area. Call 530-235-2721
  • McLOUD CHAMBER OF COMMERCE McCloud information headquarters (530) 964-3113
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  • **LEWISTON HOTEL ON THE TRINITY RIVER** Lewiston Hotel Deadwood road Lewiston, CA 96052 Room Reservations: Toll Free: 800-286-4441 Local: 530-778-3414 Restaurant 530-778-3823 **

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  • **TRINITY COUNTIES OFFICIAL SITE!! EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW & SEE INCLUDING LIVE WEB CAMS AND TONS OF INFO

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  • **FOREST LODGE MOTEL, Klamath River, Happy Camp** Located on highway 96 in the town of Happy Camp. This place is located near the river and is a very nice place to stay. Call 530-493-5296 63712 HWY 96. Very affordable $50 to $65 per night
  • TURTLE RIVER RAFTINGFor 25 years Turtle River Rafting Company has been guiding whitewater rafting trips on the Trinity, Sacramento and Salmon rivers in far northern California and S. Oregon. One to five day trips; Family vacations with children as young as four. Class 3, 4 and 5! call 800-726-3223
  • **SISKIYOU ICE RINK IN MT SHASTA**Open from Thanksgiving to March 1st, Open to Public Skating 7 Days a Week. Youth & Adult Hockey Programs. Largest Ice Rink on the West Coast!!! Incredible Views of Mt Shasta and Surrounding Area. Ice Line 530-926-1702 Rink Phone 530-926-1715 A Place the Whole Family Can Enjoy!! **
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  • MT SHASTA RESORT** One of Mount Shasta area's finest facilities, visit their great restaurant and their full 18 hole golf course with incredible views of Mount Shasta from almost every tee. Individual chalets with private bedrooms, full size baths, large livingrooms. Located within walking distance to scenic Lake Siskiyou. Just like owning a mountain home for the weekend!
  • **SHASTA COVE STABLES** Professional Horseback Guiding, one hour, two hour, 1/2 day or full day ride with picnic. Overnight pack trips, summer youth camps!!! even birthday pony parties. 1-800-662-3529
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  • WILDERNESS RAFTING ADVENTURESRoger Lee and his crew of guides will take you to the most remote places in California to raft! Celebrating their 25th year in business, Wilderness Adventures is a leader in the rafting industry.530-926-6282
  • Access Fishing Guides Chris Campbell's Guide Service, Our Goal is to meet the needs of all anglers, including the mobility impaired. Chris guides in his boat on Copco Lake, Klamath River, McCloud Res. Shastina Lake, Siskiyou Lake and Trout Lake. Chris has the knowledge and the patience to make your day a success.**530-926-6837
  • Living Waters Recreational RaftingTom Harris and his expert guide Eric Rideout will be entertaining guest now on the Upper Klamath!


  • Shasta Mountain Guides Mount Shasta's oldest and most respected climbing authority. Michael Zanger and his cast of world class mountain guides can take you near or to the summit on multiple or single day treks.
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  • McCloud Dance Country R V ParkPaved Roads, Concrete Pads, Picnic Area, Clean Bathroom & Showers Facilities, Laudry Facilities, Storage for boats & Trailers, Dump Station, Propane Available
  • McCloud Hotel B&B Historic Hospitality with the privacy of a hotel, you will love an enchanted nights rest at this amazing landmark. All rooms are decorated in a elegant 1915 fashion, when the hotel was originally opened. Gourmet breakfast included!!
  • MT Shasta Inn & Suites 30 brand new spacious suites, free continental breakfast, outdoor spa, what else do you need? this place is new, clean and very comfortable. The rooms are very large and have modern amenities, Close to down town and Has Beans Coffee house!

    530-926-5596 A Great Place to stay in Mt Shasta and also closest to the Mt Shasta Ski Park.



  • **Dream Inn B&B** Conviently located in downtown Mount Shasta, this Historic House is a great place to stay at and enjoy a great nights rest and a wonderful breakfast.

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      In Belize, Central America, there is a place where the Mayans once prayed to their gods in a cave with river running through it. Back on April 24th, 2007 I took the Gebhart family to place I knew deep in mountains of Belize, where mystic rules and tales of legend lurk deep behind the orange orchards that grow in the fields that lay in front of one of man’s most coveted secrets. To experience it one must float by intertube and once back far in the cave the Monkey Goddess of Fertility would be there to greet us.



      So we picked our tubes up and headed out to see it first-hand!



      Once in the river we could see the cave entrance and a rock that extended down in the doorway that resembled a snakes head!!



      Once inside the cave the inside grew tall and it was like being transformed to another world as the lights got darker and darker. The group was having fun paddling through the shallow river that ran out of the cave. Cindy thought the water was the perfect temp.




      Travis floated over a very deep section of river and everyone laughed as they floated deep within the cave’s walls.



      As we entered a very sacred area of the cave, I could feel and see the energy that was running through us all! It was like the Ancient Mayans were trying to communicate through Cindy’s headlamp! Wow, what a trip it reminded me of the Winterland Concerts!!!



      After that epic adventure we landed on shore to view some of the cave life critters.



      We saw bats….. Very close up!



      This cool crayfish- like, out of Jurassic park!! That ruled out skinny dipping for me!!



      What the hell is this? Some kind of cave snot, this is getting more like an Indiana Jones Adventure by the second! This is what the Pit River has on those rocks that you and I slip all over the place, looking like Joe Cocker! They should just call the Pit River the Joe Cocker, and someone needs to get this cave a kleenex! (You know it is the cold and flu season)! This is actually made by a larva that traps other food organisms in this snot like a web. Some days I wish I could blow boogers like my worm friend!-CLEAR!!! Roger that- Houston we have lift off!!



      Then we ran into this awesome huge cave spider, this guy looked as old as the walls! I reached out and held him in my hand knowing these crusty critters are harmless.(Looks like a politician).



      Our head guide Abel has been my friend and guide for almost ten years, led us like he has led so many other tours in his native surroundings. He has guided the Discovery Channel several times and was getting ready to explore another series of ceremonial caves with Discovery in a later date that he had discovered on his own one year ago on his birthday.
      Abel is an amazing interpeter and ambassador for his ancestry explaining to us the history and use of the cave by the Maya for religious and sacraficial purposes.



      The ceremonial crystal drum. Ceremonies were performed here before the sacrafices were taken up 60 feet to another level in the cave.



      Here’s us taking the 60 foot climb about 1 mile back in the cave at least! The Gebharts were really loving this trip and everyone was inthralled by the Mayan Lore.



      After a nice climb we got up to the flat part and everything leveled out and we were 60 feet up looking down on the river. Everytime I’m up here it always amazes me that something so mystic, so out of a book, so out of my wildest dreams, could be so real right here in front of my face. I can tell you this folks, this is where they get the ideas for Indiana Jones films. Everywhere you looked, you could see broken pottery, chards of broken artifacts or a carving. You could feel Maya amongst us and we were happy folk, no threat just interested in the stories Abel had to tell us.



      Abel explained to the Gebharts that the Maya were very superstitious and felt that the seasons were only delivered by the amount of sacrafices that were presented to the gods.
      The world was thought to be square, and the inter-world was where the gods lived inside the cave. (After looking around and seeing where we were, I would have to tend to agree).
      So the Mayans would go out into the forest previous to the ceremony and pick silicidal mushrooms and other hallucinogenic herbs from the jungle that were so potient that they couldn’t be taken orally. (That’s when I wear the “exit only” sign on my rear end folks!
      That was so funny, we all got a chuckle on that one and I commented that wasn’t included in the tour today…..jt) The sacraficial lambs were then given the herbs to better enable them to talk to their gods, as an enhancer the Maya used fires in the caves and that would cast reflections on the cave walls. Godly shadows would appear and would play with their drug filled minds just before being pushed off the 60 foot ledge only to venture off into the after-world with a big fat smile on their face! (Wow- sounds like a fun party, no wonder they went extinct in the 16th Century AD. That’s the Mayans version of catch and release!). FYI~ The Mayan Calendar ends in the year 2012….


      MORE MAYAN HISTORY FOR THOUGHT


      In the first millennium AC (3rd and 4th century AC) the Maya had created an advanced civilization that revolved around such city-centers as Tical, Copan, Uaxactun. Their civilization had greatly influenced the development of the neighboring peoples. At around the 10th century AC for reasons so far unestablished, the Maya have abandoned their settlements and established new city-states such as Chichen Itza, Uxmal and Mayapan in the northern part of the Yucatan.(This is thought to be because of farmlands which soils became non-nutrient)In the times of the rule and hegemony of the rulers of Chichen Itza, the cities established an alliance, which in the 12th century was beginning to be lead by Mayapan. In the 15th century the city was defeated and destroyed by the other rebel cities. The long-term wars have lead to the collapse of the once great civilization. The arrival of the Spanish in South America in the 16th century had lead to the great destruction in the Mayan stateship and culture.



      I always like looking at the artifacts.



      Low bridge!



      These pictures I’m taking do not show how dark it really was in the cave. When the lamps were shut off you couldn’t see your hand in front of your face. (The camera I use has a fantastic flash). Through another chamber we were led then into one of the most coveted chambers…



      Off in the distance up in the highest reaches of the cave you could see little statuettes
      of the what was believed by the Mayans as monkey gods.



      That was amazingly beautiful, what a chamber to be witnessed.



      Back down the 60 foot cliff, we went on another tube ride deeper into the cave to see another Mayan pearl!



      In another area deeper in the cave we could see what seemed to be shelves as flat as a table. These caves were formed milions of years previous by the higher ocean levels receding in and out against the limestone that would eventually give way to a serious of tunnels that were left that became an aquaduct for the springs that flowed off the Mayan Mountains which in turned formed a river from the inside flowing out. Were actually going against the current, the river flowed out of the cave.



      Then we climbed a small ledge and there it was the MONKEY GOD!!! THE GODDESS OF FERTILITY,
      WELCOME TO THE LOVE SHACK~!



      MAYAN MONKEY GOD ~ YOU’RE MY SIZZLER OF THE WEEK AWARD WINNER!! CONGRATULATIONS MAYAN MONKEY GOD,

      JACK TROUT



      The climb down was slippery with the clay and the wet pants.



      Back on our tubes the current took us for a nice ride, we shut off our head lamps and it was hard to tell if we were moving, you couldn’t see a thing….



      We then floated out of the cave and the rest was burned into the basement of time as history shined on us that day and we all felt good about what we had learned in the inter-world.



      We found this great place to jump into the river!



      Abel drove us in mini school bus, it was classic!



      Everyone was so happy and the vibe was great. What a fun filled day, little did we know it wasn’t nearly over.



      Back at the ranch, we saw a King Snake in some tropical leaves and Abel caught it so I could share it with you. These snakes look very much like the deadly Coral Snake, I always suggest to use guides in Central America, snakes are found throughout the region.



      So cool! Rock-on your honor.



      Abel, thanks for a great tour see you again soon bro! Trout



      After we left Abel, I took the Gebharts down the road to a park I knew of that we could swim at and I could do one of my favorite things to do, cliff dive! I was climbing back up to dive again when a Fer de Lance one very deadly snake slithered right over my foot! Once I saw it clear my foot, I jumped from where I was standing off the side of the cliff…



      I grabbed some locals and went back up to shoot pictures for you, the Sizzlers! Check out this Fer de Lance, the most feared snake in Belize. The markings look like the hat on a joker with balls that hang down.



      A Mayan Family clears their yard deep in the Belizean countryside.



      The next day we took a long ride out to the outer reef and we caught so many bone fish it was silly! Richard had a great time fighting these silver bullets.



      Jim couldn’t believe how strong they were.



      Nice bone dude!



      Double vision! Brandon and Travis both with barracudas over 20 lbs.



      Christina up on the bow with a nice bone fish on.



      Way to go!



      (Jim and Richard Gebhart said; We’ve caught enough fish let’s go to one of the many atoll bars and meet back up with the rest of the group!



      Nice views, lets stop here for sure!



      Dos Amigos! Jack Trout & Robert Llyod having the time of there lives with the Gebhart Family in Belize, Central America! http://www.jacktrout.com/belize/belize.html


      EMAILS FROM YOU:
      I love your web site. I was born in Dunsmuir in 1947, my Dad was a Fireman on the Southern Pacific. The pictures bring back very fond memories. I think I will move back.

      Thanks again.

      Patrick Felde


      Jack,

      Thanks for such a great trip. Frank and I are still talking about what a great time we

      had on the Klamath and McCloud. Being in the great outdoors and on the river is

      always a welcome release from the day to day grindΣ

      We look forward to another trip and maybe even Belize in the Spring.

      Many Thanks,

      Jack Holliday


      Dear Jack Trout,

      I get your email update, which is whetting my appetite for my trip with my three kids over to Lake Siskyou (one week) and Silicon Valley (two weeks) in August. The weather in London is rainy every day so I am looking forward to some trout hunting in warm California!

      What kind of equipment do I need for small streams (upstream of the lake) and what opportunity is there to fish on Lake Siskyou? I am not a purist fly fisherman so I am happy to use any tactics needed.

      Regards,

      Justin Taberham

      (ex Fisheries Manager in the UK)


      Jack,
      Can you make it Saturday night…You are very welcome to stay at my house ( if you don’t hook up with some wild El Dorado Hills Trout…Sucker).
      Next chance is July 14th.
      Let me know.
      Robert Mills


      Mi Amigo Trucha, bastante tiempo sin saber de ti…tu familia de Chile esta muy bien, las niñas perfecto y Catalina esta aprendiendo a leer asi que todo perfecto,
      Lo unico nuevo es que se me acabó el Cafe….
      Un abrazo mi amigo y espero noticias de ti

      Juan Ramos


      The Rio Senguer and surrounding waters interest me. What is the best time of the season for fishing there? What species are available? Dry fly fishing? Your rates for 2008?

      Paul


      Jack

      My wife and I are novice flyfishers who are interested in fishing the McCloud in early September (if it makes sense).
      Either 9/11 or 9/12, although 9/10 is also possible. We will be staying in the McCloud Hotel.

      Are you available any of those days?
      What do you charge to rent gear?
      Will it be worth fishing the McCloud then?

      Look forward to hearing from you,
      Steve Matthews


      Jack

      Did you get the email I sent you a few days ago about scheduling a fly fishing trip with you? It would be sometime between the 26th of August and the end of September. Preferably a Monday.

      Doug Saysette


      I am thinking about planning a day with a guide for myself and a friend in October, on the Low Sac River.

      How much do you charge?

      Thank you

      John


      Hi Jack,
      thanks fer the confirmation, its on my calender and will send $ to you
      and book indian creek soon.
      and thank you very much fer the discount, I appreciate it!!
      having this date with you on my calender gives me something to look
      forward to.
      Janet and I visted Mt Shasta City on our way to Oregon and you were
      right, she likes it!!
      She likes Ashland too but Mt Shasta is the forerunner in the where do
      we move when she retires question.
      the weekend of Aug 4 we’re going to Mt shasta city to hang out and see
      how it feels in the heat of summer. Is Trinity Café still
      the best restaurant in town? I wanna take her to the nicest places so
      she’ll bond with the town. Any other suggestions of stuff she’d like
      are most welcome but dont worry about it if its a hassle.
      thanks dude
      yer pal
      dave earl


      Just wanted to confirm we had a great trip with Aaron last Monday – wish I was there now!!

      It was our first time to the McCloud and we learned alot and had some fun with Aaron.

      Thanks,

      Ian Parrott


      Great adventures, fabulous pictures! Who wouldn’t want to book a trip to Belize with Jack Trout, cave explorer, tube-floater, photographer, cliff diver, and tropical dancer…yes, dancer…what timing and fancy footwork it took to tango with a poisonous pit viper in the tropics of Central America and come out alive! Tracy Scmid


      ~TED FAY’S SON~
      I look forward to your photos and up dates of all your trips. I’m sure the last name might ring a bell with you .Keep up the good work.

      Michael R Fay~

      I’m starting to put some photos together at this time ..The sad thing is as many photos that were taken of my father they all belonged to some one else .The funny thing about my father was he did not care about that part.All he wanted to do was fish and have a good old fashion at the end of the day.I will put together what I have and I would be more then happy to share them with you .Keep up the good work and as always I look forward to your tales and photos.
      Keep a tight line
      Michael R Fay


      Hi, Jack:

      Just a note to let you know how much the ladies at the Rendezvous enjoyed their fishing with you. We are scheduled next year for the 3rd weekend of June. I≠d possibly be interested in floating the Upper Sac that weekend (or shortly before) with our ≥credit≈ from this year≠s trip that we had to cancel. Let me know if we would be better off booking that trip earlier in the year (May), so that we can pick a date.

      Also, I have a favor. I know that you took a group short of the ladies at the B & B. Might you be willing to email a copy of the photograph to me for posting on the IWFF website and in our Newsletter?

      Thanks, Jack,

      Judith Austin Brown