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Gold Country Nugget

Gold Country Nugget

The desk clerk said “Monday and Tuesday nights are good nights to stay. The rooms are quiet. There’s no Karaoke in the bar on Monday and Tuesday nights..”  I’m guessing that’s a good tip, in a sideways kind of way. I had thought about a trip to...
Rock nut? Listen Up

Rock nut? Listen Up

I’ve had the bug to get back over to the Long Valley Caldera along the eastern Sierra region since I drove through the area a few years ago. On that day, it was a cool June morning. I was heading North on US 395, eastern Sierra on the left, and over to the right I...

Little Lakes, Big Views

I’ve wanted to see some alpine lakes in the California Sierra for quite some time but always assumed that would require some serious backpacking and probably a sobering elevation workout to enjoy a classic view of blue water bordered by bold granite features. You know...
Wah-wahs in the Woods

Wah-wahs in the Woods

Nellie and Shiloh needed a vacation. At some point last winter I went to a snowshoeing class at the REI in Marina.  I was the only person there, and Sierra, the instructor from REI, bless her heart, gave the talk anyway.  I was still holding out hope for some real...
Wild for Flowers, Sierra National Forest

Wild for Flowers, Sierra National Forest

We all know the best way to tackle a big project is to break it down into small pieces. That’s sort of how we ended up on the Hite Cove Trail in the Sierra National Forest. I’ve been wanting to get back to the Sierra since I crossed Tioga Pass one June and...