About 15 years ago we were offered the opportunity to become members of the Hurds Gulch community in Scott Valley. It was an easy decision to make, and since then we’ve spent increasingly long periods of time at our home there.
Scott Valley is and has been ranch country. On the northern end of the valley is Fort Jones, and 12 miles to the south is Etna. These two frontier towns each have a Ray’s Food Place, library, and within the last few years each has several good restaurants doing lively business. The valley’s farmers’ market is summer only, tiny and vibrant, held on the edge of Etna in parking lot of Dotty’s Korner Kitchen.
So on our last visit, just a week long, we spent most of our time hanging out on the Hurds Gulch property, hiking every day (the property is 2 square miles) and visiting with Gulch neighbors (the property is owned by a co-op of sorts), baking bread, listening to New York, The Novel on Audible, and enjoying the quiet.
Saturday evening we went into town with neighbors Chris and Lynn for supper at 5 Mary’s. I had the lamb burger–delicious with a spicy chimichurri sauce, while the men had bourbon bacon burgers and Chris the steak salad. Great fries, too, nice and crispy, as well as a large and varied draft beer assortment. This bar/restaurant was hopping with every table pretty much full by 6:30. In this very small community there were many intra-table visits and we were happy to see Canada and Robin, who live part time at the Gulch, stop by. They’d been at their place draining the pipes as overnight freezes were becoming more common, and were on their way back to their full time place in Mt. Shasta City.
If you have yearned for a slowed down life, one that has deep quiet, no background roar of the city, where it is truly dark at night with no ambient light beyond moon and stars, the closest airport is an hour drive over the mountains (compared to an hour drive through metro traffic), and the DSL service is fast, know it is still possible. Contact me if you want to know more.