The Exchequer Mountain Bike Park that is being built at Lake McClure is an exciting addition to the Merced area. It’s great that many of California’s most popular destinations are within a 21/2-hour drive, but it’s even better to see good recreation being developed closer to home – places where families, friends and individuals can make memories while enjoying a healthy challenge.
From 1776 to 1994, the northernmost tip of the San Francisco Peninsula was fortified as a military outpost guarding the entrance to the bay. Known to this day as “the Presidio,” it is transected by Highway 101 as it heads north to the foot of the Golden Gate Bridge.
The Eaton Trail is a wide, paved pathway that follows the high bluff. Plans are in the works to connect it to a future 22-mile San Joaquin River Parkway along the river from Highway 99 up to Friant Dam.
As promised two weeks ago, here are my recommendations for great campgrounds in Central California. With nearly 1,500 campgrounds in the state, I certainly haven’t seen them all, but these are some I have enjoyed the most.
A couple of years ago, I wrote about a boat tour of the wildlife in Monterey Bay’s Elkhorn Slough. In just two hours on the water, we saw about 60 sea otters, hundreds of sea lions and harbor seals and dozens of bird species, including pelicans, herons, grebes and loons. It was a great experience I wholeheartedly recommend to anyone who enjoys watching wildlife.
After making a trip over to the eastern slope of the Sierra last weekend, it’s clear there will be beautiful fall colors to enjoy for at least the next two weekends. It’s not one of the better years I’ve seen over there, but it’s not bad and it should be getting better over the next two weeks.