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.
The Atwater Veterans of Foreign Wars hall located at at 1390 Broadway Ave. in Atwater, Calif., on Saturday, Nov. 18, 2017. According to VFW Quartermaster Jonathan Mudgett, 46, a Saturday morning inspection revealed that an air conditioning units, which hadn't been working since Wednesday, had been gutted of its copper wiring and tubing.
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Copper stolen from Atwater VFW Hall
Two families displaced by structure fire on West 19th Street in Merced
Merced firefighters put out fire at multi-family home
Highlights of Ripon Christian's win over Stone Ridge