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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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Stanislaus National Forest

The tall trees in the Stanislaus National Forest After three restful days at Angels Camp, our adventure continued into the Stanislaus National Forest. We had driven through the eastern portion of the national forest on the Sunday prior on our drive from Bridgeport to Sonora, passing through the Summit and MiWok Ranger districts along the… Continue reading Stanislaus National Forest

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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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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