Category Archives: California

Old Postcards

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Uncovered from an archaeological dig in my grandmother’s old desk, this is a group of old postcards dating from the 1960s and ’70s — some even earlier. Beginning in the west then heading east.

A Long Weekend in the Desert

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Our base-camp for a long weekend in the desert was about 60 miles east of Palm Springs, near the Red Cloud Mine Road. From there we could wander and explore large areas of eastern California desert. Links to extra-credit videos are near the bottom of the page. What the Red Cloud Jeep Trail would like […]

PCT • California Section Eye

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The Pacific Crest Trail runs 2,650 miles from Mexico to Canada, climbing over 57 major mountain passes, 19 major canyons, and along the shores of more than 1,000 lakes. Elevation gained over the length of the trail is 489,418′ — that works out to a little more than 92 vertical miles. We seem to bump […]

Bodie Revisited

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“Miners, gamblers and business continued to flood the area and by 1879, Bodie boasted a population of about 10,000 and 2,000 buildings. Before long the town supported some 30 gold mines, 65 saloons, numerous brothels, gambling halls, and opium dens, as well, as a number of legitimate businesses, including three newspapers, several churches, a couple […]

Log Cabin Mine and the Snow Blasters

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The Log Cabin Mine is located at 9,600‘ in the Eastern Sierra Nevadas above the town of Lee Vining. The state-of-the-art mine was opened in 1910 and could extract and process the gold from the quartz ore, making it one of the highest-producing mines in California. The mine operated for around 30 years but was […]

Mojave Road + Wandering

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The Mojave Road was first used by the Mojave Indians who traveled the route to trade small quantities of foodstuffs for seashells with the indigenous people along the Pacific Coast. In 1776, Spaniard Fr. Francisco Garcés (OFM) followed the trail to the New Spanish Mission San Gabriel. Other explorers and surveyors included Jedediah Smith, John […]

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