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Vikingsholm: Scandinavian Castle of Lake Tahoe

Smack dab in the middle of one of the most beautiful lake beaches in all of California, Emerald Bay, is a Scandinavian Castle built-in the mid 1900's that is now … [Read More...]

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Kentucky Mine Historic Park & Museum: Tour a Gold Rush Era Stamp Mill

In the small town of Sierra City, with a grocery store and two restaurants, there is one of my favorite spots in all of Northern California, the Kentucky Mine. This … [Read More...]

Recent Trips

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Plumas Eureka State Park: Stamp Mills & Gold Mining History

Plumas County is one of the  most beautiful areas of California. It houses everything from the 100 lakes in Lakes Basin to the amazing mining history of Plumas Eureka State Park. Just the old Mohawk Stamp Mill is worth the trip to this park, as it is wonderfully preserved and a very unique piece of […]

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Floating the Truckee River: Truckee Regional Park to Glenshire Bridge

Is there anything more relaxing than grabbing an inner tube and floating slowly down a river on a hot summer day? I have done this many times in my life, with the most recent being when I floated in Chico last year. When my friend Nate suggested it in Truckee I jumped at the opportunity to do […]

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Best Day Hikes in California: From Easiest to Hardest

Since I already tackled my favorite Southern California hikes I figured I should expand to the best day hikes in all of California. The criteria I used for selecting these hikes were as follows Does it provide something unique? Does it have a view that is hard to rival? Is it able to be accomplished […]

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Indian Grinding Rock State Historic Park

Located 5 minutes from Black Chasm Cavern, Grinding Stone State Park shows the history of the native Americans in this area and is a great quick stop with lots of history. Details 8 dollars to park Open sunrise to sunset History  The native name for the site is “Chaw’se” which is the Miwok word for […]

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Historic Kingsburg Jail & Swedish Coffee Pot Water Tower

Another quick and easy stop on Highway 99 is the Historic Kingsburg Jail in the city of Kingsburg. This jail has been around for over 80 years and provides a window in the history of the area. Also, did I mention it sits in the shadow of a Swedish Coffee Pot Water Tower? Details Self […]

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Fire Sign Cafe: Amazing Breakfast in Tahoe

On Highway 89, in the blink and you will miss it town of Tahoe City, sits one of my favorite restaurants in Northern California, Fire Sign Cafe. If you know me, then you know that breakfast is important, and if there is not a donut place to try then I am always on the lookout […]

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Lakes Basin Loop: Long Lake, Cub Lake, Little & Big Bear Lake

During my drive through Plumas County, above Lake Tahoe, I found my way into the Lakes Basin area off Highway 89. This relatively small area has over 100 lakes and countless hiking trails At pretty much any time during the drive you are within 5 minutes from a turn off for a lake. While the big […]

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Donner Pass, Summit Tunnel Hike: Old Abandoned Railroad

The Donner Pass Summit Tunnel Hike is one of the best hikes I have been on in a long time, just for the shear fact that it is so historic and unique. the entire hike is pretty much walking through an old abandoned railroad tunnel that has been over run with graffiti but is still […]

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Sun-Maid Store: World’s Largest Raisin Box

Who doesn’t like a good box of raisins? Well at least raisins that are covered in chocolate. Sun-Maid is raisin king, and if you are looking for a random place to stop on a Highway 99 road trip, why not the Sun Maid store and the worlds largest raisin box. Details Hours: Mon-Fri 8:30AM – […]

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Flips Burgers in Stockton

Since I just celebrated my 29th birthday you would think I would have learned that hamburgers are going to send me to an early grave. Even with a vegetarian wife though I can’t seem to get away from a good greasy burger, so when driving through Stockton I figured I had to give the famous […]

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Angel Island State Park: Hikes, History, Beaches & Camping

Angel Island State Park is a spectacular grass and woodland covered mountainous island just a stone’s skip away from the urban mecca that is San Francisco.  With incredibly rich history, unparalleled location, and a plethora of expansive views of the San Francisco skyline, the Golden Gate Bridge, and the surrounding Bay Area (just imagine unzipping […]

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Sierra Buttes Fire Lookout Hike: A Historic Lookout & Crazy Stairs

For over two years this hike has been on my “to do” list but I had not been up to the Tahoe area to do it. The reader digest version of the hike is that it is a 6 mile roundtrip hike to an old fire lookout, that is only accessed by a pretty sketchy […]

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