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The Natural Bridges of Calaveras County

Wading in Coyote Creek at Natural Bridges The County of Calaveras is on the smaller end of the California counties, ranking 40 out of 58 in terms of acreage, but it does boast a number of hiking trails and outdoor areas in a relatively concentrated area. The eastern portion of Calaveras is protected by the… Continue reading The Natural Bridges of Calaveras County

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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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Bridgeport, California

Also known as Great California Road Trips: U.S. 395, Part 2 Bodie gold mines Listening to my roadtrip playlist on Spotify while driving up U.S. 395, I have to imagine that at least one verse in John Cragie's I Am California, specifically where the song goes,'Yeah dig all my gold, soak in my springs, conquer… Continue reading Bridgeport, California

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Side Trails: Hog Springs and Glen Canyon

The bridge at Hog Spring The adventure continued our last full day in Utah after leaving Capitol Reef National Park. Instead of taking Utah 24 back to I-70 directly to Moab, we headed south on Route 95 with the intent of skirting the south end of Canyonlands before hitting U.S. 191 again and arriving back… Continue reading Side Trails: Hog Springs and Glen Canyon

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The Ozarks

Family business of a sort took us to the Midwest via Atlanta this past week. After a redeye flight from Los Angeles, and its morning connector- flights that I admittedly did not want to be on- we landed in Springfield, Missouri. The unwillingness to travel by this travel blogger will be a different story for… Continue reading The Ozarks