Walking among the Ancient Sentinels

While visiting the Bodie State Historic Park in early August, Jim and I struck up a conversation with an employee of the park who was doing restoration work on one of the outbuilding roofs.  We got to talking with him about hikes and places we’ve visited so far in the Eastern Sierras, and he asked … Continue reading Walking among the Ancient Sentinels

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Mono Lake: A Sanctuary for the Soul

What is it that draws me to Mono Lake?  I'm not entirely sure why this hauntingly beautiful lake attracts me - perhaps it's the fragility of the ecosystem combined with its unique geologic and cultural history.  Whatever the reason, I have developed a real love affair with this 700,000-year-old lake and the surrounding basin area. Mono … Continue reading Mono Lake: A Sanctuary for the Soul

In Search of California Gold Rush Towns

It all started with the discovery of gold at Sutter’s Mill near the northern California town of Coloma.  In 1848, James Marshall, a carpenter working for John Sutter’s sawmill, found some flakes of gold in the South Fork American River while working on providing water-generated power to the lumber mill.   Over the course of several … Continue reading In Search of California Gold Rush Towns