Head for the High Sierra in next few weeks; weather is perfect for touring!

Columbia's old firehouse was rebuilt to withstand fires, complete with tin sheathing.

Kids, including author’s grandson Hunter, curly hair, can pan for gold and agates at Columbia State Historic Park!
The Wells Fargo Stagecoach offers rides through Columbia State Historic Park!

A couple of reasons to head for the High Sierra in the near future:

For a great excuse to visit Calaveras Big Trees State Park (up Hwy. 4), on Saturday, September 20, 10 AM to noon, a free seminar “Going Batty” will be held. Dave Johnson, a wildlife ecologist will speak about the often misunderstood bats of the world. The seminar is free, but there is a fee for entering into the park. For more information, call Calaveras Big Trees Association, 209-795-3840 or www.bigtrees.org.

A favorite destination, Kennedy Meadows Resort, about 25 miles east of Pinecrest on Hwy. 108, is open until October 13, offering a wealth of camping in the area, cabin rentals for as little as $77/night, horseback riding and packing, hiking and fishing.  A fine on-site restaurant can make your trip very civilized!

For a good reason to visit Columbia State Historic Park (just a few miles from Sonora off Hwy. 49), ghost tours will be hosted by Friends of the Park on October 25 at 3 PM. Tours are $10 and reservations can be made by calling 532-3184. Spooky…!  And, the historic park is open seven days a week, the weather is lovely, and plenty of activities for kids make it a worthwhile destination, any day!

And, the weather in the Sierra remains sunny, with cool nights and warm days, the fish are still biting and the summer crowds have dwindled. So plan that trip and head for the hills!

On Wednesday, with still a good six weeks before snows hit the Sierra, we offer insight into weekend delights up Hwy. 108 east of Sonora, CA . 

For more inspiration on other travel destinations in California and the west, see my blog, http//blogs.esanjoaquin.com/valleytravel, or contact me at tviall@msn.com. 

Happy travels in the West!


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