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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...
The Mission San Miguel Archàngel

The Mission San Miguel Archàngel

It is 104˚ in San Miguel. Susie and I have stopped at this small outpost in the Salinas Valley after picking up a load of fence panels for the ranch at the Tractor Supply in Paso Robles. Trying to get the most out of these road trips, I worked in a short detour off...
Big Basin, Big Trees

Big Basin, Big Trees

The big trees can be hazardous… I spent so much time looking up instead of at the trail beneath my feet that I stumbled at least 15 times on the ten miles of trails we hiked through Big Basin Redwoods State Park. But you can’t help yourself. As the trails put you...

Mission: The Sequel

We didn’t plan on making back-to-back mission trips, but Susie and I had to swing by LA Hearne in King City for some ranch supplies and decided to travel about 45 more minutes south to the Mission San Antonio de Padua. We left King City on Jolon Road (G14), which is a...

The Mission

I try and limit my posts to our trudging about in the great outdoors around Monterey and central California, but occasionally we find some great indoors to visit and write about.  The Old Mission at San Juan Bautista fits that category in a beautiful and quiet...