Placerville mural

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 … Read more

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 … Read more