Mammoth Magic: California Mammoth Mountain


Mammoth Mountain is a rugged volcano hill that stands apart from the peaks of Sierra around it. About 300 miles north of Los Angeles, California, along U.S. Highway 395, this 11,053-foot peak is the centerpiece of a year-round playground. Among this Alpine region in the Inyo National Forest, numerous lakes and streams and geological wonders await the visitor and offer countless opportunities for recreation. In the summer, backpacking, horseback riding, mountain biking, rock climbing, bowling, boating and fishing are at the top of the list of activities you enjoy here. In the spring and autumn, the seasonal beauty offers a special lure for tourists, photographers and artists. In winter, a snow cloak drapes the landscape, attracting sports lovers to the area of ​​the world-famous Mammoth Mountain Ski Resort and to nearby cross-country skiing and motorcycle trails. And numerous public and private campsites in the area offer year-round camping, making it a favorite destination for many RVers.

Depending on the interests of the visitor, the RV tour of the Mammoth-Mono country can take place from any location and in any season. As an example tour of the area, begin your visit to the Inyo National Mammoth Visitor Center, the first right when you arrive in the city along State Highway 203. The center has books, maps, leaflets, displays and helpful rangers to assist visitors route planning and issue wilderness permits for night outings in the desert. The center also sponsors ranger-led hikes and evening programs.

Unless you are camping in the Devil's Postpile area, you will need to take a bus between 7:30 and 19:00 every day to get there. Congestion Institute in this very popular area, the bus costs $ 8 per adult or $ 4 per child ages 3-15, free for children under 2 years, round-trip service. Traveling by bus between canyon stops is free. If you are going to camp in the canyon of the Middle Fork of the San Joaquin River, you should know that the road from the top of Minaret to Agnew Meadows is crooked, steep and hardly more than one lane. Transfer is free after Labor Day until October.

The Agneu Meadow Trail is crowded with tourists' vehicles, and the meadow is even more full of flowers. Wilderness excursions start from a station near here. Both tourists and riders visit places like Shadow Lake, which the Mammoth Laers Sierra Guide called "one of Sierra's jewelry, especially because of its location beneath the peaks of the Ritter River." This is an average hike of 3 miles.

At Devil's Postpile, you'll see a bundle of Postpile's thallus (sort of like giant Lincoln polygonal logs piled up in the corner) made when basalt lava fills that spot 400 feet deep. As the basalt cooled, it cracked to form a honeycomb of columns – in fact, one of the best examples of columnar-joined basalt in the world.

But volcanism was only part of history here and in the Mamut-Mono area. The glaciers were different. After you go to the top of the Postpile, you will see the tile flooring on the tops of the columns. The 4,000-foot-thick glacier leaves not only polishing, but also parallel scratches called stripes. The glacier also removed basalt 100 feet from this formation, though the columns were still 280 by 300 feet and heading straight down.

From Postpile you can reach the end of Highway 203 at Reds Meadow. Polyana is a resort with a common shop, a cafe, cabins and a station offering horse or cart rides. Just before reaching the resort, you can camp at Forest Service and enjoy the free hot spring bath.

Also in this area is the Rainbow Falls Trail. The hike is only 1-1 / 4 miles and again enters the National Monument. The San Joaquin River sank 101 feet wide over lava and is reflected in part by the spectral fog that is best seen at noon. The rain in the fog of the fall is a daily occurrence as long as the sun is warming.

This canyon is snowy in winter, but Mammoth Mountain is open all year. This inactive volcano is home to one of the largest downhill skiing areas in the country. The pitch is a healthy combination of 30% beginners, 40% intermediate and 30% advanced. Thirty-two lifts and 150 trails covering 3,100 vertical legs serve skiers of all abilities. For the suicide border there are advanced to expert tracks (ie rocks and near rocks) from the top, to which the gondola line reaches in 20 minutes. This cabin lift is also open to summer visitors who want to walk across the summit to enjoy nature from perhaps the best, most accessible view.

Returning to the village, turn right onto Lake Mary Road to reach the Mammoth Lakes. The distinctive granite spire, called the Crystal Throne, dominates this glacier surrounded by glaciers. Here the lakes are sprinkled with bearings. Mammoth Mountain RV Park is one of the most popular and is open year-round. In addition to camping, visitors can enjoy fishing, boating, horseback riding and hiking.

From Horseshoe Lake, the farthest you can drive, you can go to McLeod Lake for half a mile, then over Mammoth Pass to Reds Meadow. For an unforgettable meal, picnic at Twin Falls Overlook, where the outlet of Lake Mammy descends over 300 feet of volcanic rock to the Twins Lakes below.

Going back to US Highway 395 and turning right (southbound), you can visit more Mammoth attractions. Convict Lake, a 10-minute drive from Mammoth Lakes, offers camping, fishing, horseback riding and hiking, including a level, one mile long trail around the North Shore and John Muir Desert Trails. Mount Morrison rises above the southern end of Convict Canyon, and camping aspects begin to show in the fall.

Further south, Crowley Lake is fished strongly, which is not surprising since fishing is fantastic in eastern Sierra. In the summer, it seems that every lake and stream has at least one fishery on it every day after brown, rainbow, golden or river trout. Trout Season Opening Day, April, also sees its share of eager anglers. You can get a copy of the fishing rules and fishing license from almost any store in the area.

Turning north on US Highway 395, the next time, mostly with dirt, leads to the hatching of Hot Creek fish and the Hot Creek geological site. The hot springs here provide the hatchery with perfectly warm water for incubation of trout eggs. This is one of the many hatcheries in the area that keep the notes throughout the season. Hot Creek is open to visitors every day from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM. The nearby geological site, open for daily use only, has boards that open up steam and boiling water. Swimming is not recommended, partly due to inconsistent mixing of the heated water with the cold creek.

Continuing north, toward Lake Mono, you will turn to the June Lake Contour. On your way to June Lake you can climb an observation deck near Oh! Reed, so called because of how suddenly you see the lake. The lake itself has one of the best sunbathing beaches in the area. Throughout the chain, numerous public and private campsites are located on RVer. Trails cut off from the road, inviting the tourist or horseback packer to the higher desert side of Ansel Adams (formerly the Minarets) and the Yosemite's "back door".

After crossing Silver Lake, where the California trout river is trapped, they will parallel the upper reaches of Rush Creek to Grant Lake. Grant is the premier diverting water reservoir of the Los Angeles Mono Basin. From that moment on, the water passes under the Mono Craters, instead of the Mono Lake, to the Owens River. Below the dam, Los Angeles has retained the lower Rush Creek – once the finest stream of brown trout in eastern Sierra – bone dry. That is, until three wet winters a few years ago swept trout over the dam. In fact, these fish have regained their wild wild spawning population, though perhaps only temporarily. The creek would have been dry in the summer if it had not been for a temporary order imposed by fishing groups and the Mono Lake Committee, which is fighting to protect Mono Lake. The ordinance requires Los Angeles to maintain a minimum flow rate of 19 cubic feet per second. Fishermen refer to the reborn river as a wild stream of catch and trout release.

Returning to US 395, head south, crossing Rush Creek and turn left onto State Highway 120, east to Mono Craters, rising 2,600 feet above the surrounding plains. These volcanic craters are practically geologically reborn. This is especially true of Panum Crater. You can take a short trip to the rim of the crater and take a stroll around. The Panum Crater was only formed 640 years ago, when explosive eruptions accumulated pumice stone to create an edge created by the swelling of a glass, obsidian plug. To the west, the Sierra canyons show the wide U-shaped glacier carved. Lake Mono itself rests in a tub shaped like a wall with the eastern Sierra as a wall, with faucets at one end and volcanic rim-forming mountains, but this tub only loses its water to evaporation. Today it is drying up because of Los Angeles & # 39; diversion of four of the five streams of the Sierra flowing towards Mono.

Return to Highway 120 and turn left. After about three miles, turn left onto a dirt road, then follow the left fork. This will lead you to an interpretive path in the Southern Tufa grove. Tufa is one of the most characteristic products of the lake, due to its existence of the unusual chemistry of Mono. Mono water is three times saltier than the sea and about 80 times more alkaline, which makes it soapy. One of these salts is the carbonates – chemically linked to bread soda – that react with calcium in spring water as it rises from the bottom of the lake. The result is tuff. The fragile sand tuff on the nearby Navy beach was formed in the same way as the tufa towers, except that calcium carbonate was formed in the sand. Hardened calcium carbonate holds the grains of sand together in fragile formations.

Despite its "Dead Sea" appearance, Mono is full of life. It supports algae, brine shrimp and billiard fly flies, which in turn support breeding gulls and millions of migrating shorebirds. Fall migration is especially difficult. The black volcanic island of Negit was the main breeding colony for seagulls until 1979, when the lake level dropped enough to find a bridge on land. Then the coyotes crossed the island and defeated the seagulls. Thanks to these wet winters, Negit is an island again.

Mammoth Mono Resources:

Mammoth Visitor Center, Mammoth Ranger District, PO Box 148, Mammoth Lakes, California 93546 (619)934-2505

Lee Vining Ranger Station, 1 Drive Center Center Drive, Lee Vining, California 93541 (760)647-3000

Mono Lake Visitor Center, 1 Drive Drive Center, Lee Vining, CA 93541 (760)647-3044

Mono Lake Committee, PO Box 29, Lee Vining, California 93541 (760)647-6595

For information on horseback riding, write or call:

Agnew Meadows Pack Train, Red & Meadows Pack Train, 1 Reds Circle, Mammoth Lakes, California 93546 (760)934-2345

Mammoth Lakes Pack Outfit, 3244 Lake Mary Road, Mammoth Lakes, California 93546 (760)934-2434

McGee Creek Pack Station, McGee Creek Road, Mammoth Lakes, California 93546 (760)935-4324

Convict Lake Resort, 2000 Convict Lake Road, Mammoth Lakes, California 93546 (760)934-3800

For more information on the Mammoth Lakes Network, point your browser at:

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Oak Passage – Paso Robles – California


Paso Robles is located in San Luis Obispo County, Central California. Known for its 200 plus picks covering over 40,000 acres of planted vineyards, there is much more to this unique region than fermented grapes enclosed in a bottle.

Paso Robles' full name "El Paso de Robles" in English means "The Passage of the Oaks" … which is the essence of this article … passing on the wonders that surround this enchanted enclave.

A little background

Paso, as the locals call it, is a relatively small, agricultural / ranch town with a population of about 30,000 people and is famous for its wineries, almond orchards and olive oil production, closed by hot springs, which was the original tourist attraction of Paso,

Paso Robles has a lively downtown area consisting of exceptional dining options and eclectic shopping opportunities with something for everyone's taste and imagination. The Main Street Association is a very good source of information (PasoRoblesDowntown.Org) and their motto is "Where does everyone get together" … and that's true.

Paso therapeutic hot springs

As with most trips, it is the journey and the unexpected that leave an indelible imprint on your memory. In the case of Paso, sometimes the pungent smell of sulfur adds a little something extra.

Abundant thermal waters are known for their therapeutic and rejuvenating benefits and have thus been a major attraction in the earliest days of the city's history.

The Salinan Indian tribe was the original settlers of the area. In the early 1700s, they introduced the newly arrived Franciscan priests to the beneficial effects of water. Subsequently, the Franciscans introduced the locals to farming, livestock breeding and … wait for it … wine and viticulture.

The hot sulfur springs are still flowing through Paso Robles and are open to the public in three locations: River Oaks Hot Springs Spa, Franklin Hot Springs, and select guest rooms at Inn Paso Robles.

Special treatment – Paso Robles Amphitheater

Vine Robles Vineyards and Winery have been in the wine business since 1996 and began hosting annual summer concert series in 2007. The combination of live music and wine under the stars proved so successful that they decided to create the Vina Robles Amphitheater in 2013 year.

The Amphitheater is one of the largest outdoor arts and entertainment venues in San Luis Obispo County and offers a concert season that runs from April to November and includes the best acts from around the world and in all genres. The legendary Tony Bennett performing on a warm starry summer night … 100 feet away … was a magical experience.

The house does not have a "bad" seat and all at a reasonable price to fit everyone's budget … a common lawn space for admission to VIP boxes … all within 150 feet of the stage.

Tin City

When visiting Paso, a mandatory stop is on the east side of Highway 101. A group of entrepreneurs created a collection of industrial warehouses known as Tin City.

Their goal is to showcase their unique creations, such as small wineries, breweries, distilleries, cider sites and an amazing pasta factory and their new restaurant. You can watch them make pasta while you enjoy eating their excellent entrees.

Parking is plentiful and you can easily walk the whole bundle of buildings within a radius of two or three blocks. Of course, a stop along the way can include an outdoor beer garden, seated by a local group, while you are enjoying a unique tasting experience.

Great logistic jumping point

Located in US 101 and midway between Los Angeles and San Francisco, this area is a great car travel destination.

The Passo is a strategic jumping destination with easy access to nature that made this part of California famous, including unique cities and villages such as Moro Bay, Cumbria, Harmony, Caicos and San Simeon … home to the magnificent Hearst Castle.

A Journey Back in History – Hearst Castle

The California Department of Parks and Recreation manages more than 280 park units and this palace property is considered one of the crown jewels in the system.

In 1919, newspaper publisher William Randolph Hearst, along with architect Julia Morgan, initiated plans to build a house on the hill of his ranch in San Simeon. With the huge sums of money he has at his disposal, the "house" becomes a Mediterranean Renaissance mansion, which he called "La Cuesta Encantada" (Enchanted Hill).

The story is also fascinating, but by 1947 the project was not yet complete. Unfortunately, Hurst's health became a problem and he had to leave his house … all 165 rooms on 123 acres of prime coastal property with gardens, terraces and pools … but the house became a full-fledged castle.

One photo is worth a thousand words or more in this case … for more insightful information and hopefully a trip to the Enchanted Hill … go to

Travel to Piedras Blancas Rookery Point

Driving five miles north of Hearst Castle, one of California's most scenic views, leads you to a very unique destination and experience … The Piedras Blancas Elephant Cave.

The bakery extends 6 miles from the waterfront with ample parking and easy access, as well as associate professors for providing information.

The viewing areas are open daily, wheelchair accessible and free of charge. No reservations required.


Paso is known for its wines and exceptional cuisine, but in fact after a few tasting sessions your taste buds even out. To make the most of your visit, you should look at the many options for short day trips and experience the part of California that made Central Coast famous.

After all, what a rush … be inspired …

© 2019 Inspirational Travel Routes with Bob and Janice Kolar


10 Things to Do in Los Angeles, CA.


Los Angeles, which is known for being rich in cultural values, is the financial and commercial hub of Southern California. This is also the second most populous city in America, here are the things to do if you find yourself in the charming city of Los Angeles

1 Venice Beach:

Have you ever seen the reality of the imaginary word "busy"? If not! The Venice Beach is a place to try as tourists, the beach is a captivating mix of nature that attracts thousands of visitors every day from all over the world. It has water activities such as surfing and swimming, and is also a good place to spend your lunch enjoying the soft sea breeze.

2 Hollywood Walk of Fame:

It's the perfect place to stroll with your family while strolling under the airy breeze with a good look at a public statue, bearing the names of a mix of actors, musicians, directors, producers, music and theater groups, fictional characters and more in the entertainment industry.

3 Getty Center:

One of the compartments of the Getty's famous villa is the Getty Museum, the museum holds a vast collection of architectural artwork and artifacts. It's the perfect place to get a good look at several of Rubens's paintings, including Monet, Renoir, Cezanne and Van Gogh as a tourist.

4 Museum of Jurassic Technology:

The collection of the museum includes a mixture of artistic, scientific, ethnographic and historical, as well as some unexplained exhibits, it is a cloister of intriguing combination of facts and fictional works. This is certainly a good place to have fun with your family while on vacation.

5 Griffith Observatory:

The Griffith Observatory, located in Griffith Park, is a free astronomy museum that offers tourists a free look at what it looks like in outer space using the giant Super Zeiss telescope. It also offers a broad perspective on the tranquil environment of Los Angeles and some scholarly work.

6 Disneyland Park:

This is one of two theme parks owned by the Disney Resort, this is a place for your kids to try and relax after long school activities. It is a playground for every child to fulfill their dreams with equipped features such as a ferry wheel, carousel and cart.

7 Hollywood sign:

Speaking of the American cultural icon and landmark on Lee's Peak in the Hollywood Hills area of ​​the Santa Monica Mountains. The Hollywood sign is best viewed from below, peering for the best view from tourists about how the signs are artistically elevated along the outline of the mountain.

8 California Science Center:

Next to the Museum of Natural History of Los Angeles County and the University of Southern California is the California Science Center. The exposition park is open every day, except for national holidays, it is an exciting environment for children, adults with school groups and researchers around the world flooding the building every minute.

9 Rodeo Drive:

The incomparable Rodeo Drive shopping directories protect your status as one of the most famous destinations in Los Angeles. With over 100 boutiques offering the very best in fashion clothing, bags, shoes, home accessories, jewelry and more; tourists can find just about anything in these three famous blocks. It also offers spa and meals for a nice lunch and dinner.

10 Grauman Chinese Theater:

It has no less than 200 Hollywood handprints for celebrities, prints and autographs on the concrete of a theater suburb. Moreover, the Chinese Theater has always been excellent for its grandeur and decor. It is undoubtedly a useful destination for tourists to be when they visit Los Angeles.


Loft Alpine County, California


California's tallest county offers visitors panoramic views of the rocky mountains, lush valleys and tranquil lakes, as well as numerous trails that lure adventurers to follow.

Counties that span the Southern Sierra Nevada Mountains in California may have the highest peaks, but no county in the state has a higher average altitude than the aptly named Alpine County. Although four of its mountain passes are crossed by highways (two of which are closed in winter), the Alpine still consists mostly of forests, meadows and rocky peaks. In fact, it was a lot like Kit Carson crossing the mountain pass that now bears his name on the way to California.

As you take the California Highways 88 and 4, you can travel down the Alpine County circuit, which starts and ends in Stockton. Near the county line, you'll pass the popular Kirkwood Ski Area and reach the 8,500-foot Carson Pass. This omission is fraught with history. Keith Carson accompanied Captain John S. Fremont and his expedition through this passage, which departed for Sacramento until the party completed the first winter crossing of Sierra, in February 1844. Today there is a memorial of Fremont and Carson on the passage, as well as a replica. a wood section in which Kit Carson carves his name and date.

Another monument here honors Norwegian-born John Snowmobile Thompson, who is supposed to be the patron saint of postal workers. Thompson was a durable mail carrier who skied (skis in those days were called snowmobiles) over the Sierra, including Carson Passage, to spend the mail. He never failed – even during a blizzard and although his load sometimes amounted to 100 pounds. He delivered mail from 1856 to 1876, twenty years of his life, for which his promised salary had never been paid.

Carson Pass is heavily used by tourists and winter skiers in the winter and for good reason. Two difficult scenic trails pass here – the Pacific Ridge Trail and the Tahoe-Yosemite Trail. As they head south, both paths zigzag through granite outcrops and a mountain breeze for 1/2 mile before reaching Lake Frog. Watch out for the wide, cheerful colored heads of mulberry ears (a member of the sunflower family) around this lake early in the season. The trail continues through a mixture of meadows and conifers, where Clark's gray, black and white nuts pass from tree to tree. From a road junction near Elephant Rear, the Taho-Yosemite Trail heads straight to Lake Vinemuma and continues to the 150,000-acre Mokelumne Desert. The Desert Trail descends steeply into Summit City Canyon, passing a small jewel called Lake Fourth of July en route to the bottom. You will need a Forest Service permit to walk the hike.

The Pacific ridge heads to the left, overflowing the base of the brownish volcanic deposits of the elephant back and descending the eastern slope of the ridge. Much of the Sierra ridge in the Alpine region is covered with granite from recent volcanic deposits. Glaciers cover most of the landscape in the geological past, so lakes are usually located in granite basins. Many of the peaks are volcanic.

From the pass, Highway 88 descends steeply down the eastern slope overlooking Red Lake. The second turn to the right, Blue Lakes Road, leads to the Valley Valley campground and the Blue Lakes. The sidewalk soon becomes dirt from the laundry and the road becomes narrow and twisted in places. Somehow, large-sized motor buses manage to return here, in the camping area and in scattered undeveloped places, despite the condition of the road. The lakes are located in a patchwork of pines, aspen and granite against the background of the peaks of widespread volcanic deposits.

Following the narrow canyon of the West Carson River, turn right toward Markleeville in the historic town of Woodfords. On your way there, take motorways 89 and 4 to the left on the airport road and go one mile to the Kertz Lake Environmental Research Area. Three short, self-guided paths, to a moderately dense coniferous forest; open lawns; and the lake provide geology and ecology education in the area, as well as a pleasant exploration of the natural history of the Alpine region. Among other things, the trails introduce tourists to the vanilla-scented bark of Jeffrey's pine and to the one-leafed pinyon pine, still sought after by the Washaw Native Indians for its large, delicious pine nuts.

From Markleeville, travelers can travel three miles to Grover Hot Springs State Park. This park offers not only camps in the shadows and pedestrian paths, but also a swimming pool where tourists and tired travelers can enjoy 102 – 106 degrees Fahrenheit (about 40 degrees Celsius), mineral-rich water alternating with the increasing immersion in a warm pool. Although its hours vary depending on the season, the pool area is open year-round. The hot pool is especially inviting after a winter day of skiing.

Less than a block before you return to the Markleeville highway, you can turn left on Museum Street and up the hill toward a historic complex that overlooks the city. Managed by the Alpine District Historical Society, the complex consists of the Webster City Old School, which was used from 1883 to 1929; the old prison containing 100-year-old iron prison cells from Silver Mountain City; and a museum full of artifacts. The museum's exhibits include a pair of skis and a citizenship certificate belonging to Snowshaw Thompson himself, plus an extension of an old newspaper article about him.

At the Forest Service Visitor Center in the city, travelers can learn about the rafting opportunities on the eastern branch of the Carson River. The take-off spot is located a short distance south of the city. If you do not have your own raft, then you can sail with a number of private rafting companies. The Sorensen Resort in Hope Valley can make reservations for rafting trips for you. Several companies offer excursions along the Carson River; the easiest way to get one is to search for rafting on East Fork Carson River in your web browser.

After Highway 89 leaves for Monitor Pass, you will cross the gates that maintain the higher elevations of Highway 4 closed in winter. The road continues along the gates along the East Fork Carson River until it reaches the historic site of Centerville. Close to here you can turn left onto Wolf Creek Road. After going 3-1 / 2 miles, you will reach a fork. Take the left fork and drive to the north end of Wolf Creek Meadows. Then, after 2/3 miles, you will come to a steep road that ascends to the High Trail and the East Carson River Trail, also called the Low Trail.

Shortly after you reach this point, this relatively uninhabited road acquires its high character. In a friend of mine, "it used to be a deer trail until it was narrowed down." As such, bus drivers are likely to want to turn around at this point. However, the road can hold minivan and Class A vehicles up to 25 feet long, assuming their drivers face the challenge.

The High Trail and the East Carson Trail lead to one of the areas designated in California – the 160,000-acre Carson-Iceberg Desert – and to the East Carson River Canyon, which is one of the longest and deepest canyons east of the Sierra Crest. . The canyon is carved out of glaciers up to 19 miles long.

As you continue on Highway 4 to Silver Creek, the road becomes very narrow. Small buses that make the ascent to the Silver Creek Valley will cross the Raymond Creek Bridge and passengers will catch their breath at the sight of Raymond Creek Falls. Just past a sharp turn forward, two Toiyabe camps spread on both sides of the road.

As the highway makes its way through the camps along aspen forests, it passes through several primitive campsites. These are little more than dirt alleys leading to rock rings. In fact, much of this high country provides primitive shooting locations. Several campsites are located in the Silver Creek area. With a small river of aspen and willows everywhere, the traveler can enjoy a wide view of the valley from the top of a bare hill. The sound of the rushing water makes you sleep at night. The cool river has carved smooth contours in granite.

After passing through the Keene Reservoir and probably a number of fishermen, you will again come to trails for the Pacific Rowing Trail, just before the passage of 8 730 feet of Ebbetts. If you take the first trail, you'll head south, climbing a ridge and winding up the slope to Nobel Lake, which you will reach in about 4 miles. Nobel Creek is well stocked with California state trout, the gold trout. If you choose the second path, you can climb to a view that overlooks the highway and Kinney Dam, then continue north along Ebett Peak and some small lakes and lakes to the upper Kinney Lake. This stretch is less than two miles long.

Going west, you will pass the Pacific Ocean summit of 850 feet and arrange more winding roads on the way to the main attraction along the Stanislaus National Forest 4. At 720 feet, Lake Alpine is 50 kilometers away. city ​​of Camp Angels Camp. Motor boats are popular here and the Ministry of Fish and Game has stocked the lake with rainbow trout. Around the lake itself, the paths lead to two volcanic ridges – Osborne Point on the west side and Inspiration Point on the southeast. Four developed campsites offer sites for campers. These picnic facilities and areas are usually only open from June 15 to October 15, since Highway 4 is not plowed in the winter months from this point to the east.

The Tahoe-Yosemite Trail runs to the eastern end of the lake. To head south along this 186-mile trail, you will start at the eastern end of the Silver Campground. After about a mile up and down the low ridge, you will come to Duck Lake on the border of the Carson-Iceberg Desert. The rocky lake, a shallow, swampy body of water providing warm swimming, is farther away if you climb up to a 4-1 / 2mm hike from Alpine Lake. The Mokelumne Desert is located about four miles north of Alpine Lake along the trail.

Although the Ebbetts Pass area is closed in winter, another of California's more popular ski resorts, Mount Reba Ski Area, is shifting into high gear. The Alpine County is a truly pristine year-round recreation area. Even a blueprint for dry reading of the county transport was poetic about the place, saying, "Life here is about connecting with nature." For those interested, it is also a commitment to history.

Alpine County Official Website:

The Toiyabe National Forest website: then head to the Carson Ranger area, which covers the area east and south of Lake Tahoe.


Best beaches in Santa Cruz – Enjoy your stay in California


When in California, you should not miss the beautiful beaches in Santa Cruz. Los Angeles boasts Baywatch, but the beaches in Santa Cruz have their own beauty. There is a great variety of things to enjoy, such as primo surfing and dog-free beach, complete with open sandy areas and rocky coves for bird watching. Visitors should start with Main Beach, where the scenic sidewalk separates much of the beach family from an American-style amusement park, supplemented by a prehistoric Big Dipper.

To the west of Main Beach lies the west cliff of Dr, which is crowded with descending to the bays and ample parking. There are benches for sitting and watching huge pelicans diving for fish. There is FYI in the headlight parking area, the best showers in the shower. The beaches of Dr. East Cliff are larger with calm waters. These beaches are less crowded and more protected from the wind. Parking can be difficult on summer weekends, but one can get a daily permit in East Cliff and 9th Avenue.

Each beach has its own beauty, but some of the best beaches are: The main beach, famous for its picturesque beauty, shops, volleyball and a crowd of people. The Lost Boys was filmed on this beach. Cowell Beach is best for beginner surfers. Another beach, known as its beach, is located west of the lighthouse and is the only official beach for dogs. Natural Bridges is a family favorite with lots of sand, tidal pools and Monarch butterflies. Twin Lakes is a very extensive pond beach and very popular with children.

Other famous beaches include 26th Ave / Moran Lake County Park, Capitola-warm beach with gentle waves and New Brighton, best for running and camping. For transportation, check out Metro Santa Cruz for coastal buses. While in California, one should never miss these beautiful beaches in Santa Cruz.


California's favorite vacations are easier to find


As a dog lover and holiday home owner, I am often confronted with the topic of traveling with a pet. Until a few years ago, it was relatively rare for me to find hotel accommodation that welcomed, or at least put up with, my well-kept and sweet boxer, Ouzo. Sometimes when we were traveling on Interstate 5 in California, we would stop at the beautiful Harris Ranch. One, because it is a great stop with beautiful accommodation and excellent food, mid-way and on our way. But also, they treat Fido the way we treat Fido with love and care! They even provide a small sign to put on your door so people know there is a dog in the room.

Personally, I know that one of the reasons I used to love traveling with Uzo (now broadcast) is that he was so much fun to be with! It is not a hassle at all and always holds up very well in every new place. So when I became the owner of a great beach rental home, it was not reasonable for me to adopt dogs. I know for the most part, if people want to be with their pets, it's because pets are nice to be around and behave well.

What should you expect as a pet owner traveling through California or looking to rent a vacation rental property? First, most California hotels, motels, and vacation rentals will require a small pet deposit, which will be refunded upon your departure, as long as no damage is done. (We know that your precious bush will NEVER hurt anything, it's just like insurance is everything!) For more than ten years, hiring dog lovers, I never had to keep $ 50.00 in deposit the pet I collect.

Friendship for dogs can mean different things to different people. Be sure you know exactly what to expect before you book your hotel room or vacation home. Ask questions about things like flooring as this can be important for your dog's comfort. Plan to collect some of your pet's familiar things to make you feel at home – such as toys or bedding. Many pet friendly places offer plates and water bowls for your pet, but consider bringing something familiar here to add to the comfort and reduce the strangeness of the new environment.

See a good dog walk area in advance, the owner or booking agent should be able to provide this information. Our holiday home offers beach accommodation. If your visit is a beach house, make sure you know in advance that the beach is also dog friendly. Many California beaches do not allow dogs. Our beach, Dillon Beach, Northern California, allows dogs to run free along the edge of the water they just love! Nothing like a day chasing birds on the shore to make a tired and happy dog ​​at the end of the day! Having fun together and relaxing in the evening is what I want for my guests and their "children", even the 4-fold!


Travel in California – From Santa Barbara to Monterey by Car


Northern Santa Barbara County and the California coast beyond offer tourist attractions worth spending a few days. There are a number of natural wonders and great tourist stops that can be seen driving north of Santa Barbara. This trip is suitable for couples as well as families.

Take the San Marcos Pass as you leave the city of Santa Barbara. This is a breathtaking mountain drive that goes off to La Cumbra Peak on Highway 154. On the way to the highest part of the highway, there are many scenic turns for panoramic views of Santa Barbara, the Channel Islands National Park, and many miles of coastline. .

After passing the pass, you will drive near Lake Kachuma. It is a state-owned recreational resource for camping and fishing.

Santa Ynez, for which this valley and region are named, is an old mission town in California. You will find a number of fine art galleries and fine cellars in the county. There are some notable celebrity homes here, including President Reagan's ranch and the entertainer Michael Jackson's Neverland retreat.

Solvang's quirky community is just a few kilometers west of Santa Ynez of Hwi. 246, just west of Hwy. 101. This is a remarkable replica of an old Danish village complete with a giant windmill. The city boasts some of the best Danish bakery and Swedish Swedish brands in the country. Spend a few hours here for lunch and to visit Scandinavian craft and souvenir shops. You will almost forget that you are in the heart of Southern California's horse and wine country.

The beautiful state-owned beach parks just a few miles north of town are another group of attractions. Leaving the city, travel north along Highway 101. Today, the road takes the historic El Camino Real, or King Highway. See El Capitan, Refugio or Gaviota beach parks. They offer fishing, camping and picnic areas on remarkable beaches.

Santa Maria is the next city up the highway. The Santa Maria Tri-Tip BBQ is a local tradition. It's not like anything you'll find in Texas or other barbecue macaques. This is a grilled and marinated grilled barbecue. It is thinly sliced ​​and is usually rarely served. It is usually eaten with corn tortillas or a sandwich bun, along with slow-motion Saki Maria from Poquito beans. It is worth stopping to try.

Less than half an hour north of Santa Maria is the picturesque seaside town of Letter Beach. Most motels and restaurants are on the ocean side of the highway, located on cliffs overlooking the coastline. Pismo Beach is said to be the world's capital for mussels because of the unusually large, tasty and plentiful Pismo mussel. Several versions of mussel recipes are available at many local restaurants.

The close range of ocean recreation in the Ocean Dunes. This is a 1500 acre sand park for ATVs and 4-wheelers. Camping and RV facilities are available. This is one of the few places in California where beach driving is allowed. Wearing folding beach chairs is a good idea.

Continuing north of Pismo Beach, you can drive along the small coastal road to Morro Bay. It is a city with a distinctive coastal taste of New England. This is where the Pacific Coast Highway becomes part of the National Highway Program. Enjoy the stretch of road from Moro Bay to the south, along the Big Sur coastline, to Monterey to the north. Without exaggeration, it is one of the most beautiful and breathtaking roads in the world.

Exploring the California Central Coast is a great and affordable trip. No need to give up travel plans because of the high cost of living today.