Last month, I started a series about California’s nine national parks to celebrate the 100-year anniversary of the National Park Service. This month, I’m continuing that series with a park that is closer to home but unknown to many locals.
Being out in the Mojave Desert a couple of weekends ago exploring old mining and homesteading ruins in Joshua Tree National Park reminded me of a topic I’ve wanted to write about for several months: ghost towns.
The cover of Mike White’s “Best Snowshoe Trails of California” declares, “If you can walk, you can snowshoe.” It’s a true statement, and I heartily recommend this guidebook, which has helped me find good places to hike in the snow.
Last summer my family made last-minute plans to get away for the Fourth of July weekend. Where do you find a place that still has reservations available at short notice on a holiday weekend? Surprisingly, deep in the heart of Sequoia National Park at the Silver City Resort.
I’ve often written about our local Merced, San Luis and San Joaquin National Wildlife Refuges. We also have a large number of nearby refuges that are managed by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife.
Our rain gauge captured 1.2 inches of rain from the storm that arrived Monday and soaked our area through early Tuesday. With more precipitation in the forecast, the days following Christmas are very likely going to be good days to get out and enjoy the snow.
I ran into a taxidermy sandhill crane at a museum a couple of weekends ago. What surprised me was how tall the bird was. All the ones I’d seen previously were in the wild and far enough away that I hadn’t realized their impressive size.
Over 200 caves have been discovered within Sequoia and Kings Canyon national parks and the mountains immediately surrounding the parks. Two are open to the public – Crystal Cave in Sequoia and Boyden Cavern in Giant Sequoia National Monument – just outside the boundary of Kings Canyon.
Back in March and May, I wrote the first two parts of a “bucket list hikes in Central California” series. Then the summer rolled around and I had recent experiences to write about each week, so now it is time to complete the series.
Looking for a place to get away from the smoke, we headed out on a camping trip to Highland Lakes last weekend. It’s hard to find a place in this state that doesn’t have a nearby fire in this sad season of drought.
Last spring, I participated in the California Naturalist class at UC Merced. On at least one occasion when I was trying to explain this to someone in conversation, I think they thought I meant “naturist” (a synonym for nudist) instead of “naturalist.”