A highlight of our road trip was hanging out with some of Sherry's family at their restaurant in Sierra City. Mountain Creek Restaurant at the Buckhorn is in a terrific location, only about 90 minutes from Lake Tahoe or Reno and not much further from Sacramento. From outside you can see the Sierra Buttes up in the distance and they have a beautiful outdoor seating area with a creek running down the middle.
Here is a closer picture of the creek:
Joanne, Sherry's step-mom does most of the day-to-day management and is assisted by Sherry's sister, Sierra and Dad, Dennis. They also run the Buckhorn Tavern -- a full bar with a number of beers on tap (including the mandatory Sierra Nevada).
Sierra City is surrounded by a bunch of small lakes.
As you might expect, fishing and hiking are both popular activities in the area. On a perfect sunny Saturday, we visited a few of the lakes with Sherry's Dad (Joanne and Sierra were busy at the restaurant and missed out on the gorgeous hikes).
We visited Sardine Lake:
And Salmon Lake:
We also managed to spot some wildlife. This guy wasn't shy about having his picture taken.
After our hikes we sampled the restaurant's Saturday special, barbecued ribs. They were great -- almost falling off the bone. Unfortunately, we were so caught up enjoying our visit that we neglected to take any photos of family or food... We'll try to make up for it next time.
Mountain Creek Restaurant at the Buckhorn
225 Main Street
Sierra City, CA
Saturday & Sunday - Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Wednesday thru Friday - Lunch and Dinner
Bar open nightly at 5pm