Big Sur was a spot recommended by my friend and colleague Janice. The 4-hour drive down Highway One was magnificent and the beaches nestled among the cliffs at Big Sur were awesome. We got to see lots of ocean wildlife – harbor seals, sea lions, starfish, etc… We also had a great time climbing some […]
San Fran was full of ups and downs. The first day was spent repairing the car, doing laundry, developing film, and recovering from our last 9 days of travel. Day 2 was wasted when a bum smashed my car window. The car spent that day in the shop getting the window fixed. Since we had to […]
Today, as in 1861, Nevada’s capital still looks the same way to a visitor driving over from Lake Tahoea town dominated by its setting. The early morning sun lights up the great eastern scarp of the Sierra Nevada; the setting sun sets afire the Pine Nut Mountains out in the Great Basin Desert. The nights […]
Calaveras became a State Park in 1931 to preserve the North Grove of giant sequoias. This grove includes the “Discovery Tree”, the first Sierra redwood noted by Augustus T. Dowd in 1852. This area has been a major tourist attraction ever since, and is considered the longest continuously operated tourist facility in California.
We’ve had some trouble in San Fran – mostly involving the car. It was limping through the deserts of Nevada with a cracked windshield, leaking engine coolant and oil, a broken water pump, and a “Service Engine Soon” light that wouldn’t go off. We spent our first day in San Fran doing laundry and having […]
Early silver production brought the need to produce charcoal for use in the smelters which processed the ore. Near Willow Creek, six charcoal ovens were built in 1873 to produce charcoal to fuel the smelters. The ovens were built by Swiss-Italian charcoal workers called “Carbonari” and were made from Quartz latite welded tuff quarried near […]
Emerald Bay was designated a National Natural Landmark for its brilliant panorama of mountain-building processes and glacier carved granite. The park features Vikingsholm, one of the finest examples of Scandinavian architecture in the western hemisphere. The “Tea House” on Fannette Island, the only island to be found in all of Lake Tahoe.
From the sagebrush at its alluvial base to the 13,063-foot summit of Wheeler Peak, Great Basin National Park includes streams, lakes, alpine plants, abundant wildlife, a variety of forest types including groves of ancient bristlecone pines, and numerous limestone caverns, including beautiful Lehman Caves.