Just when you think you know the history of California, along comes another piece of the story that you’ve never heard before! I’m pretty sure every fourth grader has learned about James Marshall’s 1848 discovery of gold in the American River; but the Holcomb Valley gold rush of 1860 was definitely news to me. In this episode of California’s Gold, […]
Our visit to Stillwater Cove Regional Park was one of the very best parts of last week’s coastal trip. I wanted to hike to the historic Fort Ross schoolhouse, and even though the trail wasn’t very long, we got a pretty good workout climbing down one side of the Stockhoff Creek ravine and up the other. I also struggled because, […]
Back in December 2016, I learned a little bit about the Cahuilla people and their history when I visited the Riverside Metropolitan Museum. But there is so much more than could possibly be learned in one short afternoon; that much is clear from seeing Huell’s visit to Palm Springs and to the amazing Palm Canyon oasis in this episode of […]
This Wednesday, for the first time I’ve decided to repeat one of my earlier posts. Earlier this week, as a large number of wildfires raged throughout California, I read the heartbreaking news that California’s very first state park, Big Basin, had been “destroyed” by fire. This beautiful preserve of Giant Sequoias has long been on my list to visit, but […]
It didn’t take long for the springtime high water levels at Folsom Lake to drop, as the runoff from snow diminished and more water was released from the reservoir. These days it’s a much longer hike to the waterline, and if you’re hoping to stay in the shade, you may need binoculars to find the lake. As of Sunday August […]
My entry for Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge this week.
One great thing about being fairly disorganized is that now and again I’ll discover old photos that I’ve never shared on the blog before. Some of these files are actually hanging out, forgotten, in my WordPress media library. I’ve uploaded them with a post in mind and then for some reason decided not to use them. For example, this morning […]
This wasn’t exactly the trail I was looking for out at Peninsula Campground on Folsom Lake, but I’ll admit I enjoyed the quiet morning walk beneath the trees. It’s less than a mile in length and mostly flat, so a pretty easy hike. There are also plenty of interpretive signs, although those that aren’t shaded by the trees are showing […]