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High Sierra adventure; Hwy. 108, Sonora to Sonora Pass offers fun and adventure!

Pinecrest Lake, at almost 5,700 feet, attracts crowds of both swimmers and fishermen to its clear, cold waters.

Pinecrest Lake, at almost 5,700 feet, attracts crowds of both swimmers and fishermen to its clear, cold waters. Relief Reservoir shines its azure blue waters about 2.5 miles up the trail from Kennedy Meadows Resort. The high Sierra, looking northeast from Sonora Pass; great hiking from this vantage point! Horsemen and pack animals from Kennedy [...]

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Off the beaten track; hidden gems close to San Joaquin County

Eves of the old Westside Lumber Company stand in eerie silence in Tuolumne City; shuttered for over 50 years.

Winter will soon officially arrive, along with holiday houseguests and kids soon to be out of school. What to do, for outings for a day, or longer? Here are several destinations within an hour for day tours, or a bit further for multi-day tours that are just right for winter months – offering usually sunny [...]

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Northern California summer travel destinations – leave the crowds behind!

Bixby Bridge, circa 1932, is typical of Big Sur scenery on Highway 1.

  Lodi-Woodbridge Winegrape Appellation map. Main Street in Sutter Creek, a Gold Rush gem, taken from Hotel Sutter balcony. Bixby Bridge, circa 1932, is typical of Big Sur scenery on Highway 1. Hearst Castle’s outdoor pool looks out over the Santa Lucia Mountains! In my last post, I noted five summer travel destinations (three California [...]

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Sonora, Gold Rush cross-roads; Columbia and Tuolumne City are near!

Wells Fargo stagecoach rumbles into Columbia, offering rides to visitors to Columbia State Historic Park.

  Wells Fargo stagecoach rumbles into Columbia, offering rides to visitors to Columbia State Historic Park. On Wednesday, we shared a feature on Sonora, its Gold Rush and lumbering history (http://blogs.esanjoaquin.com/valleytravel/2014/10/08/sonora-visitor-friendly-cross-roads-of-gold-rush-and-lumbering-history/) and mentioned nearby attractions.  Here is a bit more insight on two, both within about six miles of Sonora: Columbia (just four miles north), took root [...]

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Sonora, visitor-friendly cross-roads of Gold Rush and lumbering history!

The stately Curtin Mansion, built in 1897, was home for Senator J.B. Curtin, attorney and candidate for CA Governor in 1914.

      The Sugg-McDonald House dates to the mid-1850s, built on the property of a former slave; it is in process of being renovated.  The old City Hotel, opened in 1852, anchors the historic downtown Sonora business district. Sugar Pine Railroad Engine #3 worked the Sierra for many years, bringing logs out of the mountains to [...]

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

The Wells Fargo Stagecoach offers rides through Columbia State Historic Park!

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 [...]

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California Gold Rush trail, south to Columbia, Sonora and Tuolumne City (Part III in a series)

The Wells Fargo stagecoach is ready to give kids and families a ride in Columbia State Historic Park!

  Columbia’s old firehouse was made to both withstand fire (with tin sheathing to withstand flames) and to fight fires that often ravaged Gold Rush cities. Columbia’s main street is closed to vehicle traffic; you’ll find docents ready to share what the city was like in 1855. The eves of an old Westside Lumber building [...]

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