TravelSavvy Mom recently published my review of the McCloud River Mercantile Hotel in McCloud, California.
McCloud, California is a quaint, friendly town in the northern part of the state. Close to Mount Shasta, it boasts lots of hiking trails, some nice restaurants, and boutique shopping. People in McCloud are friendly. But it’s important to wave and say hello first. If you don’t, they’ll think you’re standoffish.
My writerly friend Jody Mace had a hilarious piece, “Off to a Slow Start,” in the Washington Post about finishing last in a road race. She also blogged about my giraffe article, which was on the cover of Smithsonian magazine.
Niger, which is one of the poorest countries in the world and also one of my favorite places on earth, and giraffes are showing up in all sorts of interesting places, like on Jefferson Public Radio, and a Bend TV website. Partly thanks to this press release.
It’s nice to get McCloud, California on the map. It’s also nice for Americans to hear good news from Niger and not just associate the country with starving children.
Though there is a lot of hunger in Niger, that’s a small-minded stereotype. It’s also place of breathtaking beauty, tremendous diversity, and people working hard to survive under difficult circumstances. It can easily get up to 130 degrees in the shade in Niger. Both McCloud, California and Niamey, Niger are great and unexpected places to visit.
Published: October 27, 2008
Updated: February 4, 2020