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State Capitals: Jefferson City

Missouri State Capitol Building Business of an exciting sort took us to Missouri at the end of September. While it was not a great week to be absent from work (this was the week of our seventh grade overnighter to Catalina), the reason was of such magnitude and importance that there was really no question… Continue reading State Capitals: Jefferson City

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The Hollywood Bowl

The LA Phil gets ready to perform There are few things that are so quintessentially LA than summer concerts at the Hollywood Bowl. This historic 17,500-seat amphitheater has been an icon since its founding in 1922. With its distinctive bandshells built at the base of the Hollywood Hills and the famous Hollywood sign in the… Continue reading The Hollywood Bowl

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Hetch Hetchy Reservoir

A fish swam into a concrete wall. Oh dam. Hetch Hetchy Reservoir is located in the northwestern corner of Yosemite National Park and supplies drinking water to residents of the San Francisco Bay area. The reservoir is contained by the massive 430-foot O'Shaughnessy Dam, which was built in the 1920s along the main stem of… Continue reading Hetch Hetchy Reservoir

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Angels Camp: Mark Twain and the Jumping Frogs of Calaveras County

A famous 'jumping frog' figurine "I found Simon Wheeler dozing comfortably by the bar-room stove of the old, dilapidated tavern in the ancient mining camp of Angel's... He roused up and gave me good-day." -Mark Twain, The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County Our adventure into Sierra gold country continued following our crossing over the… Continue reading Angels Camp: Mark Twain and the Jumping Frogs of Calaveras County

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Great California Road Trips: Mono County

Also known as Great California Road Trips: U.S. 395, Part 3 The trail to Hilltop Hot Springs It is no secret how much I love traversing California, especially on U.S. Route 395. This past week's adventures were pretty well tied to this north-south route, as many of our summer adventures tend to be. As it… Continue reading Great California Road Trips: Mono County