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Tag: Road Trip: Gold Country

Rose Hill Cemetery, Antioch

The hike out to this particular cemetery was difficult. It was brutally hot and there is little in the way…

The Masonic Caves

On a particularly long and tedious road trip, we drove over an hour out of our way to visit the…

Black Chasm Cavern

There are four Cave & Mine Adventures caves in the Sierra Mountains that are frequented by tourists. The most popular…

Sacramento’s Underground

Remember John Sutter of Sutter’s Fort fame? Well… When John Sutter left Switzerland, he left behind a large family who…

Good ‘Ole Sacto

Sacramento is the capitol of California… and not San Francisco or Los Angeles like many people think. Those who don’t…

Kennedy Mine, Jackson

I’m sure that you’ve all heard the term mother lode. The term comes from the world of mining and refers…

Panning for Gold

I thought all the gold in California was gone… that mining companies and individuals had found some way to chemically…

Sutter’s Mill, Coloma

Along Route 49 in Coloma, approximately 50-minutes from Sacramento and an hour from Jackson, you’ll the Marshall Gold Discovery State…

Sutter’s Fort

We’ve seen that the Spanish settled in California… followed closely by the Russians… and how other colonial nations arrived to…

Route 49: Gold Country

For this road trip we passed through gold country… along the Sierra Nevada… a place where ghost towns, houses, mining…

Preston Castle, Ione

This was the unexpected surprise of our Gold Country Road Trip. Originally we were going to bypass the Preston Castle,…

Mount Diablo Coal Field, Antioch

I’ve discovered a great new human source for SF/SV/SJ adventures (cycling, food, events, food trucks, coffee, running, trails). By November…

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