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Roadtrip: Mokelumne River; wild and scenic river, wildflowers, history and quaint towns

California poppies blanket a hillside above the Mokelumne River just above Hwy. 49 in late March.

The hills along Electra Road are alive with California poppies and other wildflowers. Old homestead dating to late gold rush days along Middle Bar Road. California poppies blanket a hillside above the Mokelumne River just above Hwy. 49 in late March. Mokelumne River; wild and scenic river, wildflowers, history and quaint towns Recent spring rains [...]

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Historic mystery buildings, just east of Jackson, CA on Hwy. 88 – what were they?

Old brick house on the east, what seems to once have been an old boarding house on west, with barn behind.  What were they?

We just spent five days in the south and west Lake Tahoe area. Going up, and coming back, we usually take Hwy. 88 to the beautiful Hope Valley, then Highway 89 to Hwy. 50 and into South Lake Tahoe. We’ve done this route multiple times over the years – and every time I pass the [...]

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California Gold Rush, top destinations in central CA (Part II; Sutter Creek, Jackson, Moke Hill, San Andreas)

The Leger Hotel in Mokelumne Hill is open to guest lodging and offers fine dining in a splendid historic dining room!

Historic church in Mokelumne Hill dates to the Gold Rush years.     The historic east side of downtown Mokelumne Hill survived the fires that ravaged much of the city. Last week’s feature homed in on the Hwy. 49 Gold Rush trail from Coloma south to Amador City.  This week, we continue on Hwy. 49, southbound. [...]

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Parrotts Ferry Bridge…a sagging story to tell!

Parrotts Ferry Bridge; look closely and you will see the center arch's sag (as well as the very low water in New Melones Lake).

Parrotts Ferry Bridge; look closely and you will see the center arch’s sag (as well as the very low water in New Melones Lake). Gold Rush explorers taking Hwy E-18 between Vallecito and Columbia in the central Sierra foothills get both a scenic drive, and cross the interesting Parrotts Ferry Bridge, arching (and sagging) high over New [...]

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Grand Teton National Park: Monumental mountains, abundant wildlife and wild rivers make for great vacations!

The tram pulling into Jackson Hole Ski Resort can whisk visitors to 10,100 feet in 14 minutes - right into the heart of the Teton Range!

  The Grand Teton rises majestically in front of large herd of bison in early summer! Old Faithful Geyser thrills Yellowstone visitors with eruptions every 60 to 90 minutes that can reach 150 feet! With a neighbor like Yellowstone Park just to the north, it takes a big country to match up to that grandeur.  [...]

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Wyoming and Montana, two of our most scenic and inspiring states!

The Grand Teton frames a herd of bison in Grant Teton National Park (yes, snows on the peaks in early summer can make for cold nights!).

The tram at Jackson Hole Ski Resort will whisk visitors from valley to 10,100 feet in 14 minutes! Old Faithful Geyser, erupting every 60 to 90 minutes, never ceases to amaze visitors! The Grand Teton frames a herd of bison in Grant Teton National Park (yes, snows on the peaks in early summer can make [...]

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