I am rediscovering the California Gold Country as I travel Highway 49 and update my book chapter titled “Rambling California’s Historic Highway 49: Starting with Columbia, the Preserved Gold Rush Town.” This is a chapter in my book Northern California History Weekends, which will come out in a new edition in 2017.
The oldest living things of Earth are the Bristlecone pine trees in the White Mountains of California, east from Bishop.
California Gold Rush's richest mine was the Empire Mine. The nearby Malakoff Diggins shows the environmental damage of hydraulic mining.
The Eastern Sierra of California along Highway 395 beckons with its Fall Color, Bristlecone Pines, Erik Schat's Bakery, Eastern California Museum with Paiute Indian baskets, Manzanar Japanese internment site, Lone Pine Film History Museum, Alabama Hills movie site, and Whitney Portal views of Mt. Whitney.
Mark Twain's comment on California's Lake Tahoe ranks as one of the more felicitous comments that a writer has ever uttered about the Golden State.
The east side of California’s Sierra mountain range, with treasures like Mono Lake, Devils Postpile, and the Bristlecone pines, is a delight to explore. Underlying the beauty, however, is the unending struggle over California water.
Yosemite's Wawona is the story of the great National Park's historic hotel and the nearby giant sequoia trees that attracted people to visit the region.
California's Yosemite National Park pleases with its Yosemite Valley, Half Dome, El Capitan, classic Ahwahnee Hotel, camping, and sightseeing, Enjoy the many waterfalls, such as Yosemite Falls, and savor the great views, especially from Glacier Point.
Mono Lake in the Eastern Sierra of California is noted for its tufa spires, which are otherworldly limestone deposits. Mono Lake's ecosystem has been an environmental regulation case because the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power earlier tried to drain water from much of the lake, causing coyotes to eat the migrating birds resting and nesting on the tufa. Draining the lake also endangered the brine shrimp and brine fly populations due to excessive salinity.
The thrill of a 21-mile ride on an authentic steam train carrying you back to the fabulously wealthy silver mining history of Nevada should be high on your must-do exploration list regarding the American West.
Small museums in the California Gold Country entice as you drive along California Highway 49.
California's Gold Rush Country extends along the Sierra foothills from Columbia through Grass Valley. Be sure to see the preserved mining town of Columbia, the Marshall Gold Discovery Site at Coloma, Indian Grinding Rock Park Chaw Se, the Empire Mine, and the Malakoff Diggins.
California's Lake Tahoe is a high-altitude gem in the Sierra, good for a visit any time of the year. Highlights include Emerald Bay on the southeast edge, the Tallac Historic site of early tourism, lovely Sand Harbor on the Nevada side, and excursion boat trips on the MS Dixie.
I am rediscovering the California Gold Country as I ramble Highway 49 and update my book chapter titled “One Lucky Day at the Sawmill: How James Marshall Discovered Gold at Coloma.”
I went alone into a nine-day Mammoth Lakes/Eastern Sierra of California trip in June 2018 with some fears in mind. I was then nearly 75 years old, officially so on July 23.
The story of California skiing is one of the intriguing tales in the history of the Golden State, starting with Snowshoe Thompson.
The Mokelumne Wilderness is an excellent backpacking opportunity in Northern California.
California's state capital, Sacramento, is a major historic city to visit, and the interesting way to get there is a drive through the Delta. In Sacramento, see historic Sutter's Fort and the California State Railroad Museum in Old Sacramento. In the Delta, see the Chinese town of Locke and drive scenic Georgiana Slough out of Walnut Grove.
California's Old Sacramento Railroad Museum tells about the dream of an Iron Road across the Sierra.
This article is about California's John Sutter's Vision and his Sutter's Fort in Sacramento.
You'll enjoy California’s Gold Rush Country if you’re anything like the early gold miners. The gold miner was an explorer, willing to go off the beaten path, alert for information but also following a hunch, knowing that there are many treasures to be found.
The discovery and saving of Yosemite National Park in California will intrigue a visitor.
For more than 30 years my four sisters and I, accompanied by our parents, spouses, significant others, and children, gathered for an annual summer family reunion.
Northstar at Tahoe ranks as one of California's premier ski resorts, offering a fully-integrated facility with skiing and lodging together.
The massive snows of January 2010 prompted me to take a fresh look at the winter sports scene around Lake Tahoe, which is one of the great winter sports areas anywhere in the world. After looking first at North Tahoe, I drove around the east side of the lake, with a stop at scenic Sand Harbor State Park, before arriving at the south end of the lake.