Archive for September, 2009

California’s First Gold

  Date Monday, September 14th, 2009

Coloma was where James Marshall discovered gold in 1848.  This past weekend, another first look at gold occurred near Coloma, where brush in drainages leading to the American River showed California’s first gold of autumn.  For more about California Fall Color, CLICK HERE.


Insider Tip: How to get past fire closures to Tuolumne Meadows on the Labor Day Weekend

  Date Thursday, September 3rd, 2009

The National Park Service has announced that due to a wildfire it will close the Tioga Road from Crane Flat to White Wolf this Labor Day Weekend (Sept. 4 – 6).  There is, however a way past this seemingly impossible obstacle to Tuolumne Meadows and you’ll have it almost entirely to yourself.

Instead of driving the Tioga Road, take Sonora Pass (CA SR 108) from Sonora east to US 395, then south to Lee Vining.  There you can take CA SR 120E into Yosemite National Park and to Tuolumne Meadows.  Or, enjoy the Labor Day weekend visiting the Eastern Sierra and Bodie State Historic Park, Mono Lake, the June Lake Loop and the Walker River for sightseeing, hiking, fishing, cycling, horseback riding or just kicking back.