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California Road Trip 2010: Gold Country

On leaving Yosemite National Park, we headed for Gold Country. We made our base in Placerville (pronounced PLASS-er-ville; formerly Old Dry Diggings, Dry Diggings, and Hangtown), California.  Its current name comes from the placer gold deposits, found in its river beds in the late 1840s.  We picked up a self-guided walking tour of the Main […]

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Daring Cooks August – Pierogies

We interrupt this Road Trip to bring you the August Daring Cooks’ Challenge – hosted by LizG of Bits n’ Bites and Anula of Anula’s Kitchen. They chose to challenge Daring Cooks to make pierogies from scratch and an optional challenge to provide one filling that best represents their locale. When I read this challenge, […]

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California Road Trip 2010: Yosemite National Park

Moving on from Joshua Tree and Death Valley, we headed to Yosemite National Park. I have to say that, whilst the Joshua trees fascinated me with their oddness and Death Valley took my breath away with its weird and other-worldly nature, Yosemite stunned me with its beauty. The weather was (literally) a breath of fresh […]

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California Road Trip 2010: Death Valley

After visiting Joshua Tree National Park, I didn’t think there could be a landscape more otherworldly. Well I was mistaken because some 6 hours later, pulling into Death Valley National Park (to the strains of The Police’s “Walking on the Moon” – Neil always has a soundtrack to match the occasion!), it was obvious that […]

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California Road Trip 2010: Joshua Tree

Once we had successfully fed ourselves and negotiated our way out of LA, our first stop was Joshua Tree National Park.  I am a bit embarrassed to admit this but I had never actually seen a picture of a Joshua tree until we came upon them in the park.  They’re totally fascinating and strange and […]

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