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Calaveras Big Trees provides worthy winter treks

Calaveras Big Trees provides worthy winter treks

Do you often wonder why your friends and family don’t love cross country skiing as you do? More than once, my wife and I have tried to introduce the…

Noble Canyon hike provides perfect getaway

Noble Canyon hike provides perfect getaway

I completed this hike on Labor Day, a wonderful time of the year to be in the Ebbetts Pass area. The trailhead is located in wide impressive canyon. The trail…

Plastic: not fantastic for Earth, wildlife or us

Plastic: not fantastic for Earth, wildlife or us

Would it be possible to go a full day without using any plastic? For the majority of us across the world, the answer is no. There are little things you…

Lessons learned on the John Muir Trail

Lessons learned on the John Muir Trail

The whooshing sound of the wind whipping through the tops of the pine trees was interrupted by a large crack of thunder. Brilliant flashes of lightning illuminated the tent. Lying…

Shakespeare’s “Hamlet” comes to Murphys

Shakespeare’s “Hamlet” comes to Murphys

I was looking for the actor Sean Lewis, who is slated to play the lead role in “Hamlet,” which will be performed outdoors at Bryce Station Vineyards, July 20 through…

Get inspired at Inspiration Point

Get inspired at Inspiration Point

My wife and I had spent a good part of the morning trying to find the trail head to Duck Lake near Lake Alpine but the snow (still plentiful in…

Sequoias’ namesake park deserves a visit

Sequoias’ namesake park deserves a visit

Grand as they are, it’s easy to overlook giant sequoias, even for those who visit the Sierra Nevada range often. Tahoe skiers and Yosemite climbers don’t…

Eat better on the trail with hiker’s cookbook

Eat better on the trail with hiker’s cookbook

If you love backpacking, and love good food, but rarely enjoy them both at the same time (like me), then you’ll benefit from reading “The Hungry Spork: A…

“Fool’s gold” can forge golden memories

“Fool’s gold” can forge golden memories

We reached the foot of the mountain early, which should have tipped us off; climbing trips never go ahead of schedule. But the summit looked inviting and achievable, so the…