Thursday, July 9, 2009
To start off my series on Middletown Month, I'd like to take some time to look at the history of Lake County. When I first visited here several years before making my move, I felt a different energy in this area. There must be something special here, because as remote as some places can be, there are several major spiritual sites in Lake County, a few of which I will be discussing in future posts.
I know that this energy seems to pull those sensitive enough to feel it. It's a pull that requires authenticity and inner healing. This is just my sense, and certainly not scientific, but I'm not the only one who has expressed such a notion. And that's not to say that everyone who lives here feels it. But many do, and many are drawn here because of that. I was.
I've heard it said that this is or was considered sacred land by the Native Americans, and that they would come here for healing. Spiritual as well as physical.
Here is a brief history I found online.
Lake County History: "Lake County is a 'walled-in' county with Mount St. Helena and adjoining mountains forming the southern boundary; Bear Mountains on the east; Mayacamas on west; Hull Mountain, San Hedron and adjoining ridges to the north. It is a small county, being only about 100 miles long by about 50 miles wide, but includes the largest natural lake entirely within California borders. (Lake Tahoe doesn't count since it is shared with Nevada). Other recreational lakes include Lake Pillsbury, Blue Lakes, Highland Springs Resevoir and Indian Valley Reservoir. It takes us 1 and 1/2 hours to get to the Pacific Ocean, or 2 and 1/2 to get to the Sierra foothills.
The county was formed May 20, 1861, and was made up of land taken mainly from Napa County with the northwest portion taken from Mendocino County and some of the eastern portion came from Colusa County. Probably over 99% of the population is in the southern 1/3 of the county. The northern portion is mostly the Mendocino National Forest and includes a portion of the Snow Mountain Wilderness area.
"The area was home to the Pomo Indians before Salvador Vallejo brought in his cattle in 1839 and a few (very few) pioneers began arriving in the area in about 1845."
"There are two incorporated cities - Lakeport & Clearlake (not to be confused with the lake itself - Clear Lake); 8 small towns: Kelseyville, Lower Lake, Middletown, Clearlake Oaks, Glenhaven, Lucerne, Nice & Upper Lake, and numerous "communities" built around the modern day resorts.
The negative side of living here...slow traffic on the curvy, two-lane highway around the lake and through the mountains.
The positive side...We are rated as having some of the cleanest air in the State."
Cobb Mountain, which is part of Middletown according to my GPS but does have it's own postal code that my little machine hasn't registered, is where I first fell in love with this beautiful land. Though a bit of a shock from my green, lush Washington home, I soon found that the beauty and energy here were much more powerful. Though I don't live in Cobb, I hope to someday. (Especially in the summer when Cobb is 10 degrees cooler).
But Hidden Valley Lake offers it's own unique perks. Local lakes and playgrounds for my children. Ducks to feed. Great childcare just around the corner. And a gated community to keep away unwanted guests. Though the threat of triple digit weather has me wondering if any of those perks are worth it. I'm just grateful for air conditioning.
All this to say that we live in a unique and wonderful area, and though my posts may not change daily, as they have been, I will be updating it regularly, with new stories on the people and places in the Middletown, Cobb, HVL area that make this home to me and so many others.
I'm new here, but I'm meeting some great people. However, if you know of anyone (including yourself, don't be shy) who you think would make an interesting profile, please let me know. As I stated a few posts ago, I want to help connect our community with this blog, and give people an online place to come to learn about their neighborhood and all the wonderful things being offered right next door to them. Like fresh produce from small, locally owned farms, fabulous toys that are thoughtfully chosen to encourage play and development in children, locally grown meats that are organic and safe, a great seaweed source who harvests it, dries it and creates blends for all uses, and a used clothing store for children and women that looks like an upper class boutique with a great selection, reasonable prices and is owned and run by a local mom. This and much more. Healing centers, spiritual centers, schools....the list goes on. So keep checking in to see what's coming next. You never know what you may discover that could impact your life in ways you never imagined.
Thanks for reading, and I look forward to hearing from all of you. And again, for those of you who live elsewhere, check out your own community. Use these blogs as an opportunity to see what's possible and start digging into those nooks and crannies of your own neighborhood. You may just find gold.