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Winter Yosemite photos Part II: El Capitan, Bridalveil Falls, and sunset

This is part II of my Winter in Yosemite photos series.  Most people don’t see Yosemite this time of year.  Check out my story and photos of Yosemite Falls, Half Dome, and Mirror Lake in Part I.  It only gets better in Part II. I didn’t come to see what I wanted.  It’s not my […]

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California hiking trails – Horsetail Falls photos

One of the best northern California hiking trails is located just a few miles from South Lake Tahoe, California.  Horsetail Falls is a great day hike for anyone searching for one of the best waterfalls in northern California. Mountains, streams, valleys, and a towering waterfall – Horsetail Falls is one of the best, short day […]

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A northern California hiking video and travel guide – Horsetail Falls

Northern California hiking is something that never interested me when I moved to California 11 years ago.  Since I’ve spent time exploring the area, I now have a passion for hiking. While I haven’t done as many hikes as I would have liked, this area is home to a number of incredible hikes – Round […]

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A northern California hiking guide and photo essay

Mountains, trees, lakes, waterfalls, warm sunshine, and some of the best natural beauty in the world.  While this isn’t the Swiss Alps and you won’t hike to Mount Everest, northern California hiking trails offer some of the best scenery and views in the world. A northern California hiking guide Picture a canvas with brushstrokes of […]

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Sacramento Scottish Highlands Games and Festival – a photo essay of history

This wasn’t my first Scottish Highlands Games and Festival.  However, this one was different. I met up with old friends, Scottish Highlands Games professional athletes, and made new ones as well.  And this time, you get a chance to see how big these men really are. Bagpipes, Scottish music, kilts, and food.  Yep, they were […]

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Walking among the giants: Muir Woods National Monument

As giants ascending to heaven, they stand tall and loom large.  With one look at their immense size, you feel small yet honored to be in their presence. Like your ancient relatives, these trees could tell a story of all that they have seen and experienced.  If they could talk, wisdom would ooze from their […]

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Apple Hill tips and travel guide for Fall and Halloween

Apples, Autumn, and animals.  Apple Hill is one of the most popular destinations for Fall and Halloween in Sacramento.  With all the crowds during the Fall, people could use some Apple Hill tips for navigating their way around the orchards. Every weekend in October, cars are backed up on Highway 50 all the way through […]


Hope Valley Fall colors in northern California: the changing of the leaves

One of the most spectacular ways to welcome Autumn in northern California is with the Hope Valley Fall colors.  This area is nestled along the Highway 88 and 89 corridor and is one of the most popular destinations for leap peeping near Lake Tahoe. While Fall offers some great weekend getaways in northern California, these […]