Category Archives: National Parks USA

Hiking Mount Diablo, Stargazing at Mount Hamilton

Mount Diablo State Park in the East Bay (Silicon Valley) offers a rich tapestry of plants, geological formations – Jurassic age rocks, fossilized sea shells from the ocean near the summit of this 3800 foot mountain- so as you go … Continue reading

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Winter wonderland – Jenks Lake, Angelus Oaks San Bernadino Mountains

Two hours from downtown LA and in Angelus Oaks,  Jenks Lake made national news when an iPAD was snatched and stolen from a fisherman. Now, iPAD/ iPhone thefts have emerged  by far the largest crime in the US. What was … Continue reading

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Hakone Japanese Garden Saratoga

Tucked near downtown Saratoga, Hakone has a bamboo garden, a zen garden, tea house as well as trails along the hillside.  It’s the oldest Japanese garden in the Western hemisphere. Sad that visiting hours are limited to 5 pm. March … Continue reading

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…As the sun sets on Shasta

You can pick any venue and get a good sunrise or sunset experience. But some times the best places are rougher to get to. The sweat and toil,never mind often pays off. One such locale comes with a hike, a … Continue reading

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….and the Water Falls near Shasta

Faery Falls was once a bustling site with Sulfur springs. The only indication of that is the smell of sulfur as you approach the falls. Located near Lake Siskiyou outside the city the approach is to take the first left … Continue reading

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Sunrise at Mount Shasta

Trout Lake at Shasta is one of those lakes not on the beaten path. Ask for directions and you could get blank stares, local fishermen would like to keep it that way. From Montague proceed 1-½ mi E on Ball … Continue reading

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