Hiller Tunnel

We discovered the Hiller Tunnel at Malakoff Diggins State Park purely by accident, after we had already hiked most of the Diggins Loop trail and were hot, thirsty, and tired. Our main interest at that point was in getting back to the car for lunch — but once we noticed the sign, we didn’t hesitate before turning off the main […]

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At Chinese Gulch, Part 2

This was a section of trail I had been hoping to hike on our previous visit to Salt Point State Park in September 2019. During that trip I found a book in our rental house, The Hiker’s Hip Pocket Guide to Sonoma County, and took a few quick notes, which I’ve quoted below. Although, as I said in yesterday’s post, […]

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The Adventure Continues… Auburn

Every time I pass by Auburn’s old courthouse I want to stop and take pictures, but up until now I’ve never managed to  actually do it. And even though a few things have changed in Auburn’s historic district since this episode of Road Trip first aired in 2003, watching Huell make the rounds has motivated me all over again. I’m […]

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To the Diggins

I’ve been wanting to visit Malakoff Diggins State Park for a very long time; back in 2017 I actually shared an episode of California’s Gold in which Huell explored the park and marveled at the sight of these cliffs and the machinery that created them. It’s one thing to view photos and quite another to actually stand in the pit […]

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To the Schoolhouse

This old schoolhouse was built in 1884 by George W. Call, the wealthy rancher and businessman whose family made their home on the Fort Ross property from 1874 until the 1920s. It continued to be used as a school building for many years even after being relocated, and it now sits in the North Meadow at Stillwater Cove Regional Park. […]

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