McCloud River

Late Saturday afternoon, we turned off I-5 to look for a campground. We were a little disappointed to find that so many campgrounds seemed to be closed for the season or for construction work. However, we did eventually find an open campground several miles up the McCloud River which flows into Lake Shasta. The site was located next the the river, between steep peaks (see above, click on image for larger view).

I’ve just done a bit of searching around for information on the McCloud River and found a webpage containing a few paragraphs on the area. In part, it says:

Above the McCloud Arm are towering grey limestone mountains, formed from ocean sediments that accumulated 200 – 300 million years ago. The Grey Rocks, as they are called, are full of the fossilized remains of corals, snails, clams and other sea creatures that existed in prehistoric times.

Interesting thing about mention of fossils. My friend found what looked to be some kind of coral fossils in a large chunk of limestone right next to our tent site (see above).

We found quite a few insects along the river near the campgrounds. More about them in my next post. However, here’s a shot of one of the caterpillars that we found while out for a walk on the road above the river. I found them on what looked to be some type of Sweet Clover — or a plant that much resembles what we call Sweet Clover back home in the east. I’m not sure what these might be, but they reminded me a bit of Western Tent caterpillars or Fall Webworms. I don’t have my insect field guides along on this trip, so if anyone happens to recognize this guy, please do post a comment below.

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  1. robin andrea Says:

    Sorry, I can’t help on the caterpillar ID. Love that fossil in the limestone. You make me lonely for old lands of California. Love that McCloud River. It’s how I always remember northern California, rocky and dry at the river’s edge, the mountains rising up into blue sky.

  2. Phantom Midge Says:

    I could be wrong, but I think the fossil is a part of a cross section of a horn coral.

  3. Cathy Wilson Says:

    Oh Bev! I’ve missed dropping by and there you are out in the wonderful West. That radar shot that Robin captured made me queasy and I made a mental note to find my stash of Dramamine and Xanax :0) We’re fly to NYC next Wednesday.

    Hope you’re having a wonderful time.

  4. John Says:

    Bev, if only you’d told me! I just got back from a week plus in California, though I had to stay in the SF Bay area the entire time. Your travels seem more interesting! I’ve missed reading all about your roaming for a week…have to catch up.

  5. DougT Says:

    Looks like you are having a marvellous adventure. I’m really looking forward to the insect photos. Bring on da bugz!

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