Two avalanches, a missing car, numerous road closures and a lot of people digging out vehicles—that’s how the weekend is shaping up for residents of Alpine Meadows. A huge storm, one of a long series this La Nina winter, ushered in Spring with a muffled bang—or was that the sound of avalanche control bombs? The … Continue reading
The heavily forested Stanford Rock hike, located in Ward Canyon, is a rigorous 11 mile loop that rewards the hiker with stunning views of Lake Tahoe, Twin Peaks, Alpine Meadows and many other surrounding peaks. Trailhead The trailhead is located on Ward Creek Blvd. The trailhead has an obvious parking area in front of a … Continue reading
“Those two are thru-hikers,” said Billie, as she was giving us an overview of Drakesbad Guest Ranch at check-in. I listened with half an ear as I gazed at the lean and sinewy young couple scarfing down a big lunch of sandwiches, soup and salad, my mind whirring. After Billie finished our orientation, pointing out … Continue reading
We set out on Saturday for a moderate, early season overnight backpacking trip to Paradise Lake, six miles from the trailhead on Highway 80. Despite the calendar noting that it’s supposed to be summer in early July, this is the spring that won’t arrive in the high Sierra, El Nino refusing to loosen its grip … Continue reading
Whitehall Lane and Round Pond wineries in Napa Valley offer an excellent sampling of the fine wines produced in the Napa Valley.
Thomas Keller’s Bouchon Bistro is another masterpiece.
Napa Valley is filled to the brim with wineries, over 400, and selecting just a handful to visit in one day can be challenging. We visited three high quality wineries and one restaurant in a perfect day of wine tasting.
On a rare sun drenched day last weekend Pacific Crest Snowcats showed off the beauty of the backcountry with a snowcat full of psyched skiers and snowboarders. Eleven clients and two guides piled into a van early in the morning, drove away from the crowded ski areas on a holiday weekend and made fresh tracks … Continue reading
He burst forth from the river in a frenzy of excitement, water flying off like a shaking shaggy dog, shouting and gesturing wildly. What prompted this reaction, when moments before a lazy late summer afternoon at a deep pool along the Yuba River was the scene of quiet relaxation? Gold fever, that’s what. Whooping and … Continue reading
The Anderson Valley, an appellation only fifteen miles long and a half mile wide in places, is a hidden jewel among the rolling hills of Mendocino County, close to the coastal areas of Northern California. Lurking the shadows of its better known brethren in adjacent Sonoma County, and over the next ridge, Napa County, Anderson … Continue reading