Take a (historical) hike

Hikers can explore the most historically significant square mile in California on Sept. 15 and 16 in the 26th annual Donner Party Hikes. There...

Spring getaway to Genoa | Road biking to gourmet cuisine

The little town of Genoa, Nevada’s oldest settlement, is tucked up tight against the Carson Range, just east of Lake Tahoe. I’ve often headed...

Historic “Teotihuacan” opens at de Young Museum

Teotihuacan: City of Water, City of Fire” is the first major U.S. exhibition on Teotihuacan in more than 20 years. The ancient metropolis of...

The Endless Ski Season | Summer on Shasta

Unless you've been living under a rock, or perhaps in a snow cave, for the past six months, you're aware that this has been...

Carson City adventures | Waterfalls & hot springs

Sometimes a girl just needs some time in the dirt. After a winter of seemingly endless snow days and many days out enjoying the...

In search of dirt | Nevada City hiking, mountain biking

This has been one heck of a winter. It seems like it rained or snowed just about every day since the year began. The...

Tahoe joins Aquarium

Tahoe, a juvenile North American river otter, and will make his public debut at the Aquarium of the Bay on Pier 39 in San...

The Western Pacific Railroad Museum

Tucked away in a quiet corner of the sleepy community of Portola is a true gem: The Western Pacific Railroad Museum. Here you will...

Lassen Volcanic National Park | In search of bubbly mud

My 3-year-old nephew Anikin is obsessed with hot lava and bubbly mud, as he calls it. He spends a lot of time talking about...

Coastal charm in Carmel

The rugged coastal mountains of the Monterey region are home to some of the finest wines in California, where winemakers work the land to...