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Road trip: in search of California’s covered bridges

Road trip: searching for some of California’s historic covered bridges As an 11 or 12-year-old, I remember my dad saying, on weekend drives, “let’s see where this road takes us”. Off we would go in a 1950’s stationwagon down an unknown country road to reveal its intrigue. And, one of my early memories of his […]

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California wildflowers and Gold Rush history; start with gold’s discovery along American River

Towering Foresthill Bridge passes 730 feet over the North Fork, American River, just outside Auburn. The historic Slate Mountain Mine stamp mill, used to crush quartz rock for its gold content, stands on edge of downtown Georgetown, CA. Docents Terry and Gayle Gay are ready to share Gold Rush lore in Marshall Gold Discovery State […]

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Shenandoah Valley wineries, gold rush history make Sierra foothills the place to visit!

Our out-of-town guests Janet and Patricia sample wines at Karmere Winery’s tasting room, done in French chateau style. Band entertains at Helwig Winery in the Shenandoah Valley. Fiddletown’s Community Center features a giant fiddle over the doorway. The old Imperial Hotel in Amador City also boasts a fine restaurant. Old Wells Fargo stagecoach thunders down […]

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Gold Rush history lives on in ghost town gems along the Mother Lode, CA Hwy. 49

Discovering ghost town gems along the Gold Rush Highway, CA Hwy. 49 Recent rains have cast our Sierra foothills in a verdant shade of green, perfect for exploring our state’s gold rush legacy. I always suggest starting in the place of gold’s discovery, just 80 miles northeast of Stockton, at the tiny town of Coloma […]

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12 must-visits in California; freshen your travel bucket list!

Freshen your California travel bucket list with 12 months of suggestions! As we enter the new year, take time to tune-up your travel bucket list. Let’s start with 12 ultimate destinations in California, with suggested month by month schedule (next week we’ll bring you suggestions for the western US). Here are California’s best, as well […]

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Gold Rush cruisin’; gold’s discovery in Coloma and nearby Gold Rush history!

Gold’s discovery in Coloma and nearby Gold Rush history… With the extended Thanksgiving holiday fast-approaching and family/guests in town, take a day’s tour of California’s Gold Rush history. Your exploration should include Sutter’s Mill in Coloma’s James Marshall Gold Discovery Park, just 80 miles from Stockton, and a scenic tour down Highway 49 through a handful of […]

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Murphys, Ironstone Vineyards and Columbia…footprints in history

Our daytrip was to feature a tour of the historic town and famous wine-making region, in and around the town of Murphys, California. With leaves in the foothills starting to change to their autumn colors, the one hour drive provided marvelous scenery. One of our party suggested starting with a tour of Ironstone Vineyards. We […]

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Fall Northern California destinations, far from the maddening crowds!

If you are like many Californians, you’ve visited the California ocean shore or one of our national parks in the summer and faced monster crowds to reach the beach or the park’s attractions, to find a place to eat and found hotel fees in the stratosphere. Depending on our forecasted El Niño, Northern California often […]

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Sierra foothills cruisin’; late summer/early fall foothills destinations in Gold Country

With kids back in school and the summer crush of tourists waning, it’s time for a weekend getaway in the nearby Sierra foothills.  Highway 49 is just an hour away, so take a day or weekend tour of Gold Country and sample history, quaint towns and scenic attractions along the route! Start your tour at […]

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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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