On Wednesday I featured the final episode of Huell Howser’s California Mission series; early in the show he visits a fourth-grade classroom to meet the kids and have a look at their mission models and artwork. Back in 1980, my mom was working with a fourth-grade Montessori class when they did their California Mission unit, and she was able to […]
I don’t know about you, but where I am both the news and the weather this week have been gloomy and chilly, and I’ve spent a lot of time indoors wondering what happened to the spring-like weather (with temperatures in the high 70s) we had just a few days ago. That is why, to lift our spirits just a bit […]
I was truly amazed when I came across this episode of California’s Golden Parks because I’ve seen the Peace Statue many times from afar and had no idea of its significance. I had always imagined it was merely part of the nearby Timber Cove Lodge. It turns out I wasn’t completely wrong, but there’s so much more to the story […]
I had a completely different episode in mind to share this week, but the story of Cuyamaca Rancho State Park caught my eye — especially since I just spent a couple of days walking through burned oak woodland on Sacramento Bar (as discussed here). On October 28, 2003, the Cedar Fire roared through more than 90 percent of this state […]
Uprooted! Japanese Americans During WWII is the name of a Signature Exhibit currently on display at the California Museum in downtown Sacramento.
The pomegranate fruit may seem fairly intimidating to those of us accustomed to bananas and apples, but they have long been used in cooking and they pack a serious nutritional punch. The pomegranate plant originated in the arid climates of the Middle East — in fact they were one of the eastern Mediterranean’s first domesticated fruit trees — but have […]
I was able to visit the Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park about a month ago; it was my first time back in decades, after first seeing the park during grade school. Unlike Huell, we didn’t meet any miners on our visit; but there’s still plenty to see and a lot to learn about California’s Gold Rush history and all […]
There’s an awful lot to see and to learn at the Gold Bug Park and Mine in Placerville. We spent only part of the morning there and had a great time.