Category: Places of Interest

Mono Lake: A Sanctuary for the Soul

What is it that draws me to Mono Lake?  I’m not entirely sure why this hauntingly beautiful lake attracts me – perhaps it’s the fragility of the ecosystem combined with its unique geologic and cultural history.  Whatever the reason, I have developed a real love…

Yosemite: Outside the Valley Part I

When most people think of Yosemite, the popular photographs and landscape paintings of El Capitan and Half Dome come to mind.   Yosemite Valley is the main hub of the park and the place I had visited on two previous occasions until this summer.  While…

In Search of California Gold Rush Towns

It all started with the discovery of gold at Sutter’s Mill near the northern California town of Coloma.  In 1848, James Marshall, a carpenter working for John Sutter’s sawmill, found some flakes of gold in the South Fork American River while working on providing…