Category Archives: The Pawlows


A Quick Visit – And New Destinations

Cindy and I just returned from a great visit “home” to McCloud. This time it was just the two of us which gave us an opportunity to do some exploring in areas that we haven’t seen before. The weather really cooperated as well, with the much needed rain holding off until the following week! We Continue Reading...

With the Family
I recently came across a fantastic new website that we’ve already put to use on our latest visit to McCloud. If you haven’t checked out I strongly encourage you to do so. We brought my parents along with us on the trip this summer and I wanted them to experience some great hiking that Continue Reading...

Lake Shasta and the Shasta Dam Turn 75

(c) Sleakphotography
On our first visit to tour the area that we had identified as the leading possibility for our retirement home, I can remember the excitement of waking up in Redding, stepping outside of the hotel and realizing that the “cloud” I was seeing to the north was actually Mt. Shasta. We had flown in after Continue Reading...

There Is Something About McCloud . . . .

Where others may look at McCloud and see challenges (and admittedly there are some), we actually see abundant opportunity – and believe that others will too. Imagine a remote community, away from the maelstrom of modern living, but still only 4 hours away from the world-class city that is San Francisco. This community offers high-speed Continue Reading...

Welcome to the State of Jefferson

Visitors to McCloud, CA may start wondering what State they are actually in given the abundance of signage in the area alluding to the “State of Jefferson”. The State of Jefferson was a proposed U.S. state that would span the contiguous, mostly rural area of southern Oregon and northern California, where several attempts to secede Continue Reading...

A Little Piece of Paradise!

A Family Hideaway in McCloud, CA
I guess you could say that it was fate we’d eventually buy property in McCloud, CA after our initial visit. The town has a unique character that is different than what you find in “busy” Mt. Shasta City or even Dunsmuir or Weed. Essentially, it was just a “fit” that we couldn’t ignore. On our Continue Reading...

The View That Started It All….

The view of Mt. Shasta from the "Great Room" (eventually...)
In the fall of 2009, during our annual trip to Kansas City for the Thanksgiving Holiday, Cindy and I started to create “the list” – a collection of activities that we’d like to be able to do within an hour of the home we eventually retired in. Now the four-hour drive between St. Louis and Continue Reading...