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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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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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