On the last day, instead of attending the group meeting, I opted to take a drive up the river to Indian Valley, home of the Maidu Indians, looking for ghost towns and old buildings. What I found was another area hit by the recession resulting in many businesses being closed. I stopped in a small antique shop and spoke to the Proprietress, who stated once the gold mines shut down, the lumber mills moved in (hence the town of Crescent Mills), and since the recession, owls and increased cost of transportation, the lumber mills have shut down. Only small businesses and cattle ranches remain.
At the very end of the valley is Indian Falls, named "End of Valley, Trail End" by the Maidu. Not quite the falls I am used to, this one being about 8 feet high, but it is surrounded by a beautiful redwood forest. The rivers are full due to the snow melt and the water is freezing!!!