Tag Archives: California history

Wild, scenic and historic state parks, close to San Joaquin County, perfect for spring outings!

Mt. Diablo, Calaveras Big Trees, Columbia Historic Park, Railtown 1897 Park – close to Stockton, stunning in spring! With the advent of spring, several glorious state parks close to San Joaquin county back in. Spring, with recent rain and breezes clearing the air, make a fine time to tour to places such as Mount Diablo State […]

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Joshua Tree National Park, Salton Sea; other-worldly tour destinations for spring-time

Seeking a winter/early spring get-away in other-worldly scenery? A camping Mecca, surrounded by strange plants, alien landscape, hiking, biking and climbing opportunities and warm winter climate? Take in the intriguing stretch of California desert from Joshua Tree National Park to the Salton Sea. They’re all on your way to either Phoenix (for spring training games […]

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Fun insights into our historic and iconic San Joaquin/Sacremento River Delta

The California Gold Rush, and the stream of miners and fortune-seekers to the Mother Lode of the Sierra, took place long before many roads existed and some 60 years before cars and trucks would appear on the scene. While railroads were beginning to make inroads on shipping freight and moving passengers, riverboats were king during […]

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The Delta Loop, Brannan Island and Rio Vista; views, history, adventure, just 30 minutes away!

Fishing, hiking, water, camping, cabins, restaurants, year-around comfortable climate, unspoiled, wildlife, wondrous news, tranquil sunsets. Where can you find a 10 mile slice of this wonder, just 20 miles from Stockton? It’s the Delta Loop, just west on Highway 12 from Lodi, offering its special allure for nothing more than a short drive. Here you […]

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New exhibits on the Native Peoples of San Joaquin County opens Thursday!

News from Dave Stuart, Exec Director of the San Joaquin Historical Museum in Micke Grove Regional Park… Did you know that Native Americans have been living in what is now San Joaquin County for more than 13,000 years? That Native nations carefully cared for local habitats—landscapes that early white explorers mistook for primeval wilderness? That […]

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Agricultural heritage and agri-tourism in San Joaquin County

San Joaquin Historical Museum, wine country, Ag Center offer insight and fun for all ages… San Joaquin County is consistently ranked in the top 10 counties in the United States for the value of its agricultural production – positioning our county as one of the top-most producers in the world. Living in the center of […]

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Bodie, historic ghost town, and Mono Lake make Eastern Sierra memorable!

My last blog post and article in the Stockton Record newspaper profiled our recent trip over the Sierra, and along Hwy. 395.  We found this section of the Eastern Sierra green, with rivers flowing, dotted with scenic lakes and full of other-worldly destinations! Here are more photos on the historic ghost town of Bodie, and […]

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Eastern Sierra; Bodie, Mono Lake, Mammoth Lakes and Devil’s Postpiles, all along Hwy 395

John Muir, speaking of the strange and scenic land just east of Yosemite National Park,  described it in 1864: “a country of wonderful contrasts, hot deserts bordered by snow laden mountains, cinders and ashes scattered on the glacier-polished pavement, frost and fire working in the making of beauty”. I had long thought of this area […]

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East Bay-trip offers stunning scenery, closeups of Mount Diablo and the Blackhawk Auto Museum!

            With a bit of rain recently settling the dust in the Easy Bay hills and helping clear the air – it’s a marvelous time for doing creative family exploring between Stockton and the East Bay area. Part of the fun of such a trip is to take the scenic […]

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Midtown Sacramento; hot-bed for foodies, nightlife, history and creative events!

  Tower Cafe, part of the Tower Theater complex in nearby Broadway District, is an eclectic eatery! In 1839, nine years before the discovery of gold in Coloma, 47 miles distant, John Sutter arrived in Sacramento and began construction of Sutter’s Fort.  His road to fortune was in planting of grapes and wheat, and raising […]

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